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Transportation law compliance deadlines issued by DOT.

The Department of Transportation has issued interim guidance on the metropolitan planning requirements under the newly enacted Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA).

The interim guidelines provide target dates for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and states in complying with new project planning provisions under the law. A key deadline will be July 1, 1992 with requirements for approval of a new or amended Transportation Implementation Plan (TIP) and consideration of flexibility between highway and transit projects.

ISTEA expands the role of local elected officials, through the designated metropolitan planning organization, in selecting projects. States, transit operators and MPOs together are responsible for developing standards for selection of projects and producing Transportation Implementation Plans (TIP) for transportation management areas over 200,000 based on criteria set in the Act.

The guidance establishes procedures for designation of MPOs in the 35 new urbanized areas designated in the 1990 Census, redesignation of MPOs to replace an existing one, metropolitan boundaries, corrdination between the states and MPOs, congestion management plans and other aspects.

The guidance is expected to be published in the Federal Register soon and is available from NLC at 202/626-3020.
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Title Annotation:Department of Transportation
Author:Wollack, Leslie
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Apr 20, 1992
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