TRANSPORTATION
  CONFORMITY

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            TRANSPORTATION CONFORMITY
                      The Bridge to Cleaner Air
Stare and local agenciea throughout ihe country are look-
ing tor smtqpcs to relieve tralFtc vonprtt ion. improve m
qi.ulur- and provide communinc* with a safe and cfikxnr
transportation system.
ThinsparaBon cortfofWHy- .1 Cksin Air Act requirement.
hdps rammunracs ensure ifut federal funds go no
tonspananen activities lim if c cttmutcrtt with their aa
qkubri  goils-TTie tontarniin' procei ii jilminuccTAi joinrK-
by (he U-S. Environniciiral Pruuvnnn Atcrvtv (EPA) jiui
U.S. Department at Tniruporurion
Conformiiy applie to [rjnsporutitin pljnt, tfaniportanon
improvenieni programs. JJH! higliwjy .inj transit projects
iiirnlt-d or approval liv ilu' I aU-r.il I )ij;liv
Administration (FHW.-M jrul ilif I'nicr.il Transit
Adminiscntion (FTA), It is requlrni hi nrr.is ilui do not
meet, or previously luvt  1101 inei. ,iir kjiKility sundards far
OJOne, owbon nwiOidde, | ..... lirnhu. IHKUT. m niin^en
Hiitxidc. Conformity prBviilf!, iui opportunity to address
jir quality and tramponarion goals for the new S-hour
ozone and fine pariiLiiljif nuiu-i il'\v,]S) air quality
             A conformity determination minuici cnii»»om that will
             result from an areas irdm|»ofuiion syaem, and demon-
             Mr. no irur llw»!.r cniisiKJid, Me witlitti lilt limn* outfitted
             in the note's air quality implementation pUn, Cotifbrtnirr
             ddcrmmanoRS atio ensure ilut f urupirutinn and air
             qiiiliiv abrades are cuiuultiii^ with one another, and rhar
             Oimponnisn cottttol ntca&ures in an apfwoved tuie jit
             quality implementanon plin m bring implrmentrd in a
             rimdr fashion.

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 What Are the Benefits of Transponation Conformity?
As a bridge between the iif quatirv
and irjmporution planning processes.,
rr.imjKifurioii ionliirnim  i* .«t iiik.il
dement of the Gen Air Ait
li encourage cooperation among vari-
ous gov«Ttmenijl siuties and can lead
IO  implaneniJtion of new Jind innovj-
rive traHpomuoo pts>icvi> jfJ -lit
pollution control meiMirn as well 41
               planning dLtfj jnd
moiJcbnf.. Projects and comnJ
moMre* JIT xJAted beciwie rhev cm
reduce pollution lknm the cviMmc rkci
or prneni polluikm from bon^
oencd in the tim pLk.c.
          Coprt/iniitiari
         Trarap0nati0» and
Air Qualify Agcti
        coosulotion on
dan confonruiy bnnpj uvplhrt
professional} md oflkiali from the
tijiBpuitjiioii tna tit (pukty tccnm
two highly spcoahicd and
       fields,
      and
 '/nmtportarioa I*rajertt am/ Air
           Canrml Me
poUurion control mejsurcs as a touh
of ihe twed ro (Jeniunsn-ate conJbnniiv-
5rtun growth. tMiuir-fricndlv irans-
pottitinn projects, comrtiutct
        . the ptitcKise md use of
          ad buaei for publk irjrtsif
mietm. dhscl rctmUr prwgr^nii. and
intt idling reduction projecn ire
cT-uiipio of bow some jnas have met
their cowformiry thjlknges,

Improved Tools and Analysts
           helps move die Kate of
madding and dm onfflminn to a
higher lo d. More and higher qoafa
demographic, economic, land
trjvrl. jiki ait qualify data anr
cdUccied. and mckkb are unpro\*d ID
dene beitet MI poUuriaa projections
hawv resulicd in better air qtufiqr and
imaporatton deckioru. and have
been baieficiat when chae tune took
are ttied for other locil pUnn ing
Some U.S. cities Iwe i
    and innovative projects sttS air

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          How Are Communities  Using
           Transportation Conform icy?

Several cities have added new projects and measures ro meet (heir
,tir i|i,i.tliiv .mil (fiimporttiion goals lor ihe 1-hour otane
air quality standard, EPA encourages communities ro consider
rhcsc and other innovarivc projects and measures when developing
conformity dererniinatinns and state air quality implementation
I-I  as :.••! liif new H-hour <«one and PM-, s, standards,
• Beaumont/Port Arthur, lexas, provided rruck stop electrifica-
  tion ro reduce vehicle idling.
• Houston, Texas, implemented a heavy-duty diesel retrofit and
  replacement program,
• Houston and Dallas, Texas; and iliv District of Columbia.
  implcmencod progmnu 10 reduce single oa-iip.mi v iliivin^
  by commuters.
• Arlauts, (ieofg^a, used r,he conforniiry process ro assist agencies
  in iiddressing signifiaini growth in vehicle miles rraveted. To rec-
  oncile biir qusliry iand transportation needs, stare antl local offi-
  cials rccvaluated rransponation planning goals and added new
  transit and land use iniriarives. In addition, the governor created
  a regional planning nutlnvriiy 10 iiitegnne trjusponatioit ami ,iir
  quality concerns.
• Charlotre, North Clarolina, addressed increased vehicle miles
  traveled  anil resultingSUlSfons iiu-rt-Jiifs with (hecrejiiiiti i;'l a
  long-Deed transit ind land use plan. Voters passed  a $50 million
  local tax referendum to fund the new plan.

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\V lltir
  \V lltir Agencies Are Involved in die Conformity Process?
      inil interagency consultation process involving metropolitan planning
 IT&'                 stiue and local transportation and ;iii
              ' 'iI ITA is required ip/
traqconf,hrm>.

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