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CX-008021: Categorical Exclusion Determination

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION (CX) FOR DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS TO CONSERVE ENERGY AND REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS (CX-EECBG-006)
CX(s) Applied: A1, B1.13, B1.32, B5.1, B5.16
Date: 11/16/2011
Location(s): Nationwide
Office(s): Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) / Oak Ridge Office (ORO)

The proposed actions would include the approval of grants for the development and implementation of programs to conserve energy used in transportation, including but not limited to:

  • Employee flex time programs;
  • Promoting use of satellite work centers;
  • Development and promotion of zoning guidelines or requirements that promote energy efficient development;
  • Development of infrastructure such as bike lanes and pathways and pedestrian walkways;
  • Synchronization of traffic signals;
  • State/locals/regional integrated planning activities (i.e. transportation, housing, environmental, energy, land use) with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled;
  • Incentive programs to reduce commutes by single occupancy vehicles;
  • Improvements in operational and system efficiency of the transportation system such as implementation of intelligent transportation system (ITS) strategies;
  • Idle-reduction technologies and/or facilities to conserve energy, reduce harmful air pollutants, and greenhouse gas emissions from freight movement; and
  • Installation of solar panels on interstate rights-of-way to conserve energy in highway operations and maintenance activities.