Projects of National and Regional Significance Evaluation and Rating
The FHWA is reopening the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and request for comments, which was published on July 24, 2006, at 71 FR 41748. That NPRM proposed to establish the required evaluation and rating guidelines for projects proposed under the Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) program. The original comment period closed on September 22, 2006. The extension is based on the desire of the FHWA to receive the fullest and most comprehensive comments possible from the broadest group of stakeholders. During the initial analysis of comments the FHWA recognized that a number of subject areas were not commented upon, and significant segments of the transportation stakeholder community did not respond. The FHWA believes that those interested in commenting on this important program may not have had the opportunity to provide comments and that the comment period should be reopened. Therefore, the comment period is being reopened until February 9, 2007, which will provide those interested in commenting additional time to discuss, evaluate, and submit responses to the docket.
Value Pricing Pilot Program Participation, Fiscal Years 2007-2009
This notice invites State and local governments and other public authorities to apply to participate in the Value Pricing Pilot (VPP) program and presents guidelines for program applications. This notice supersedes two previous notices about the VPP program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2006 (71 FR 970), and July 17, 2006 (71 FR 40578). The primary purpose of superseding the previous notices with this new notice is to shift the focus on the types of VPP program projects being solicited to achieve consistency with the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on America's Transportation Network (DOT Congestion Initiative), announced on May 16, 2006.\1\ This national strategy contains a number of elements that involve pricing, thus warranting a reconsideration of the types of projects solicited for VPP program participation. This solicitation aligns the VPP program with the DOT Congestion Initiative by together seeking to support metropolitan areas in systemically progressing toward implementation of broad congestion pricing strategies in the near term. This notice also describes the statutory basis for the VPP program and specifies all of the steps necessary to apply for funding and, where applicable, tolling authority under the program. A new application deadline is also provided.
Notice To Rescind a Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); Bannock County, ID
The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Notice of Intent (NOI) published on May 3, 2006 to prepare an EIS for a proposed highway project in Bannock County, Idaho is being rescinded.
Final List of Nationally and Exceptionally Significant Features of the Federal Interstate Highway System
The FHWA is issuing this notice to announce the final list of nationally and exceptionally significant features of the Federal Interstate Highway System. The list is available at https:// www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/histpres/highways.asp. In developing the final list, the FHWA considered public comments received on the preliminary list of exceptional elements, which was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2006 (71 FR 34988). This notice summarizes those comments. Exemptions of the Interstate Highway System from consideration as historic property under the provisions of section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 \1\ will not apply to the elements on this list.
Temporary Traffic Control Devices
The FHWA is extending the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and request for comments, which was published on November 1, 2006, at 71 FR 64173. The original comment period is set to close on January 2, 2007. The extension is based on concern expressed by the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) that the January 2 closing date does not provide sufficient time for discussion of the issues in committee and a subsequent comprehensive response to the docket. The FHWA recognizes that others interested in commenting may have similar time constraints and agree that the comment period should be extended. Therefore, the closing date for comments is changed to February 16, 2007, which will provide the NCUTCD and others interested in commenting additional time to discuss, evaluate, and submit responses to the docket.
Publication of Interim Guidance on the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program
The purpose of this notice is to: (1) Announce the publication of interim CMAQ guidance; and (2) solicit public comment on the contents of the interim guidance. Sections 1101, 1103 and 1808 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 109-59, Aug. 10, 2005) amended the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program, and authorizes $8.6 billion to support the CMAQ program in 2005-2009. The interim guidance went into effect October 31, 2006; however, we will review all comments submitted to the docket and will modify the guidance as necessary or appropriate.
Traffic Control Devices on Federal-Aid and Other Streets and Highways; Standards
The FHWA is revising its regulation that prescribes procedures for obtaining basic uniformity of traffic control devices on Federal- aid and other streets and highways. This final rule makes some nomenclature changes, removes outdated references, and provides clarification on the meaning of roads ``open to public travel'' and ``substantial conformance.''
National Safe Routes to School Task Force to the Secretary of Transportation
This document announces the first meeting of the National Safe Routes to School Task Force to the Secretary of Transportation. This is the first meeting of the task force. The purpose of the Task Force is to advise the Secretary of Transportation, through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety, on strategies to advance Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programs nationwide and to encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school pursuant to Section 1404(h) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 109-59). This meeting is open to the public and will have time allocated for public testimony. The public is welcome to present written or oral comments to the Task Force.
Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on State Highway 130 in Texas
This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA and other Federal agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project, State Highway 130 (SH 130), north of Georgetown at I-35, south to IH 10 East of Seguin in Williamson, Travis, Caldwell, and Guadalupe Counties in the State of Texas. The Federal actions, taken as a result of an environmental review process conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321-4351 (NEPA), determined certain issues relating to the proposed project. Those actions grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the project.
Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in California
This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA and other Federal agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project, U.S. Highway 101 Prunedale Improvement Project between Kilo Posts R146.8 to 161.6 (Post Miles R91.2 to 100.4) north of the City of Salinas in Monterey County, State of California. Those actions grant approvals for the project.
Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in Minnesota and Wisconsin
This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA and other Federal agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project, the St. Croix River Crossing on Trunk Highway (TH) 36 in Oak Park Heights, Washington County, Minnesota to State TH 35/64 in St. Joseph, St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Those actions grant approvals for the project.