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Streamlining Environmental and Planning Processes (NCRST - SEPP)

NCRST-SEPP Project Team Activities and Tasks

In developing and refining the NCRST-SEPP research project, a series of team project activities were defined as critical components of the transportation project development process. Many of these activities were identified as offering opportunities to validate CRS&SI for streamlining benefits to environmental and planning processes. These process for conducting the NCRST-SEPP research activities and investigating streamlining benefits of various aspects of the transportation project development process are briefly described in the following section.

Team Project Activities

  1. Discuss project and tasks with institutions and DOT partners to seek additional input as needed.
  2. Conduct project kick-off team meeting to refine project plans for technology deployment and validation project, and refine plans and approaches for project tasks. A tabular list of proposed tasks follows at the end of the descriptive project activities.
  3. Develop synthesis reports for each technical application deployment and integration task to develop full understanding of the state of the practice, how the deployment will proceed, and how the application will be validated for streamlining planning processes.
  4. Work in close collaboration with MDOT, TDOT, and other partners to implement the technology deployment and validation tasks.
  5. Coordinate data and technology exchange with partners and MDOT and TDOT to ensure full participation and integration of approaches.
  6. Work with MDOT, TDOT and agency personnel to ensure that data, applications, and equipment technology deployment resources are made available and that appropriate data exchange and technology transfer activities are effectively and efficiently conducted.
  7. Attend data integration and exchange meeting, DOT project review meeting(s), and final meeting.
  8. Develop final reports for each technology application and integrated deployment tasks. Application deployment, integrated use of applications, incorporation of new data, verification and validation of applications, and performance metrics and benchmarking will be incorporated into the final reports for each technical task.
  9. Prepare and submit Quarterly Status Reports and Final Project Report.
  10. For each technical task, task leads and team collaboration will develop materials and papers for conference proceedings, peer submission, technology transfer, and DOT presentations.
  11. Management of projects and task will be the responsibility of MSU GRI and shall involve coordinating team tasks and activities, acquiring and distributing data, managing subcontracts, organizing resources and materials, communicating with partners, facilitating meetings, maintaining a web site for the project, and delivering periodic, quarterly, requested, and final reports to the sponsor.

Table of Project Tasks

Task 1: Project Management T1: Scope the project and develop project work plan.
CRS&SI Approach: Map corridor boundaries, highlight potential resource conflicts such as wetlands, historic properties, endangered species, effects to existing homes ect., and extract key decision points.
Lead: MSU

Task 7: Existing and Projected Environmental and Land Use Conditions T7: Description: Document existing and projected environmental and land use conditions.
CRS&SI Approach: Map current and planned land use and relevant
characteristics and components of the corridor. Environmental concerns and factors need to be accessed - determinations need to be made whether to avoid ( the costs and associated effects if we do) , minimized ( changes in project alignment/design), or mitigated ( where and how to locate the best mitigation).
Lead: MTRI (MSU and ORNL Contribute)

Task 2: Public ParticipationT2 Description: Develop public participation plan.
CRS&SI Approach: Based on the the identified conflicts/concerns create maps and data layers that allow people to begin to prioritize and rank effects.
Lead: MSU

Task 8: Establish Purpose and Needs T8 Description: Early stage activities to establish purpose and prioritize need to meet goals. (Includes Huricane Katrina Lessons Learned Component)
CRS&SI Approach: Map deficiencies, inadequacies, and long-term planning factors to document needs and establish long-term goals for the corridor.
Lead: MSU (ORNL and MTRI Contribute)

Task 3: Resource Agency InvolvementT3 Description: Develop resource agency involvement plan.
CRS&SI Approach: Improve maps and data sharing with resource agency assistance to attempt to avoid effects where ever possible and where not possible look to ways that would minimize and possibly enhance identified concerns.
Lead: MSU

Task 9: Generate Alternatives T9 Description: Generate alternatives that meet purpose and need for project.
CRS&SI Approach: Automated generation of alternative alignments and tabulate impacts of alignment options.
Lead: MSU (MTRI and ORNL Collaborate)

Task 4: Spatial Data PlanT4 Description: Develop a data plan.
CRS&SI Approach: Develop and deploy methods to share with partners all spatial data needed.
Lead: ORNL

Task 10: Identify Feasible AlternativesT10 Description: Identify feasible alternatives by evaluating all alternatives that achieve goals.
CRS&SI: Automate analysis of constraints and screening criteria to identify feasible alternatives and eliminate non-viable alternatives.
Lead: MSU (MTRI and ORNL Collaborate)

Task 5: Multi-modal Demand and PerformanceT5 Description: Analyze current and future projected multimodal demand and performance
CRS&SI Approach: Improve linkage between demand forecasting models and CRS&SI technologies to estimate long-term demand and map deficiencies.
Lead: ORNL (MSU and MTRI Contribute)

Task 11: Generate Preferred Alternative T11 Description: Compare alternatives to generate preferred alternative(s).
CRS&SI Approach: Automate analysis to prioritize feasible alternatives and select preferred alternative(s).
Lead: MSU (MTRI and ORNL Collaborate)

Task 6: Document Conditions T6 Description: Map characteristics and conditions of the existing transportation system.
CRS&SI Approach: Employ CRS&SI technologies to provide enhanced maps of the characteristics and conditions of the existing transportation system.
Lead: MSU (ORNL and MTRI Contribute)

Task 12: Corridor Plan Document T12 Description: Compile results into a corridor plan document.
CRS&SI Approach: Gather needed information and products for inclusion in a corridor plan document that includes all key findings, map-based and tabular data and information summaries, and implementation recommendations that include detailed map-based and tabular information.
Lead: MSU (ORNL and MTRI Contribute)

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