Amendment No. 1 – September 2018
The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is being amended to establish conformity and reflect changes in scope or feasibility timeframe to existing LRTP projects being proposed for amendments in the SFY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The amendment is needed as a result of a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision (No. 15-1115) which struck down portions of the 2008 Ozone NAAQS State Implementation Plan Requirements Rule concerning the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as well as the anti-backsliding requirements associated with the revocation of the 1997 Ozone NAAQS. Areas such as ours that were maintenance areas for the 1997 Ozone NAAQS at the time of revocation and are designated as attainment for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS have not been required to make transportation conformity determinations for any ozone NAAQS since the 1997 Ozone NAAQS were revoked in April 2015 and the recent court decision changes that necessitating a new regional emissions analysis and associated conformity determination.
The amended plan will remain fiscally constrained and the regional emissions analyses results indicate that the 2040 Plan and TIP demonstrate conformity to the PM2.5 and 8-hour ozone standard consistent with the April 2012 U.S. EPA Transportation Conformity Regulations. More information about the amendment can be found below.