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The Road to Better Transportation Projects

Public Involvement and the NEPA Process: Community Input Threatened

Faster is better. For decades, this has been a basic American value. E-mail zips across the country, replacing "snail mail." Media cycles become shorter and shorter. We are tempted to cut corners to accomplish jobs more quickly. But sometimes bending or breaking the rules for the sake of speed can have disastrous consequences. Sometimes quality of work matters as much or more than speed. This report is about a landmark law requiring the federal government to examine alternatives and seek to minimize harmful effects of federally funded projects, like highways, which have the potential to damage our health, environment and quality of life.

Environmental review and public input are under serious threat of being weakened during the pending reauthorization of the national transportation bill. Read more about the important roles both environmental review and public input have played in achieving better projects around the country.

Click on a state below to see an example of the NEPA review process in that state.

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