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April 13, 2000

John Baxter, Division Administrator
Federal Highway Administration
575 North Pennsylvania Street, Room 254
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Dear Mr. Baxter:

This letter provides the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) comments regarding the Evansville, Indiana amendment to their
2000 - 2004 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The amendment, adopted on February 10, 2000 added the phase 3 construction on Fulton Avenue. The USEPA received a copy of the amendment on February 17, 2000. Supplemental materials were received on April 4, 2000. A conformity consultation call was held on April 10, 2000. FHWA requested formal comments by April 17, 2000 from the consultation agencies via electronic mail on April 11, 2000.

There are five primary criteria of the conformity rule (62 FR 43779) which must be met. These criteria include the following: use of the latest planning assumptions, use of the latest emissions model, use of appropriate consultation procedures, consistency with the mobile source emission budget in the State Implementation Plan (SIP), and provisions for timely implementation of transportation control measures in the SIP. The conformity analysis from the 2020 Long Range Plan meets these criteria. This amendment to the
2000 - 2004 TIP is a direct subset of the conformity analysis for the
2020 Plan and, therefore, also meets these criteria.

In summary, the USEPA recommends the Fulton Avenue Phase 3 amendment adopted February 10, 2000 be found to conform.

If you have any questions regarding these comments, please contact Ryan Bahr, Environmental Engineer of my staff, at (312) 353-4366.

Sincerely yours,


J. Elmer Bortzer, Chief
Regulation Development Section

cc: Kathryn Watson, Chief
Air Programs Branch
Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Janice Osadczuk, Division Chief
Division of Preliminary Engineering and Environment
Indiana Department of Transportation

Rose Zigenfus, Executive Director
Evansville Urban Transportation Study

cc by E-mail:

Phyllis Hockett, Manager
Environmental Services Section
Indiana Department of Transportation

Dan Buck, Transportation Planner
Environmental Services Section
Indiana Department of Transportation

Paul Fish, Director, Planning and Program Development
Federal Transit Administration

Larry Heil, Planning and Program Development Manager
Federal Highway Administration - Indiana Division

Joyce Newland, Transportation Planner
Federal Highway Administration - Indiana Division

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