Houston Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Studies
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Houston Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Studies

The TxDOT Houston District is conducting several Planning and Environmental Linkage studies in the region.

What is a PEL study?

A PEL study is a high-level, early-planning study process that represents an approach to transportation decision making that considers environmental, community and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design and construction. The goal of PEL studies is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process, including the National Environmental Policy Act.

Purpose of a PEL study:

  • Identifies transportation issues
  • Develops the need and purpose for proposed improvements
  • Initiates coordination with oversight agencies, stakeholders and members of the public
  • Streamlines the overall project development process and minimizes duplication
  • Describes the socio-economic conditions
  • Promotes efficient and cost-effective solutions and environmental stewardship
  • Reduces delays in delivering projects

Why is TxDOT preparing PEL studies?

Conducting a PEL study helps inform planning decisions and streamlines the project delivery process, and can serve as a way for the public to discuss and prioritize transportation issues and project delivery.

Benefits of a PEL study:

  • Develops a purpose and need statement
  • Engages stakeholders
  • Builds collaborative relationships with resource agencies
  • Identifies environmental constraints and issues
  • Develops potential solutions and alternatives
  • Identifies potential projects for future consideration