The PennDOT Connects System is a tool to assist with the development of transportation proposals to be included on future Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP).
One utility of the PennDOT Connects System is to document local government outreach. Consideration of local planning objectives and community mobility needs, including, but not limited to, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, transit access, stormwater management, and green infrastructure is required by the PennDOT Connects Policy. Planning partners and local governments must demonstrate the need to include community mobility and related objectives in project scopes. Decisions should be based, in-part, on comprehensive planning, corridor studies, resource management studies, multimodal studies or other related planning studies that demonstrate a need for community features.
In addition, all projects that require federal actions including, projects that receive federal-aid funding and/or require federal actions must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other environmental regulations. NEPA applies to all federal agencies, and requires them to disclose and consider environmental consequences of their activities before deciding a course of action. The NEPA process consists of a set of fundamental objectives that include interagency coordination and public participation in pre –TIP and project development decision-making.
The PennDOT Connects System documents collaborative and coordinated planning which provides the opportunity for details unique to communities to be identified and discussed for each project in planning, prior to developing project scopes and cost estimates. Identifying those elements later results in project delays and higher project costs. Our goal is to make every investment as safe and effective as it reasonably can be for every community, and improve efficiencies for the overall project delivery process.