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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.


Correction to final rule.


This document corrects the final rule on Statewide Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation Planning published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2003 (68 FR 3176). The FHWA is correcting the definition of non-metropolitan local official by removing the word “or” and replacing it with the word “and” as stated in the preamble.


March 17, 2003.

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For the FHWA: Ms. Jill Hochman, Office of Interstate and Border Planning (HEPI), (202) 366-0233, or Mr. Reid Alsop, Office of the Chief Counsel (HCC-31), (202) 366-1371. For the FTA: Mr. Paul Verchinski, Statewide Planning Division (TPL-11), (202) 366-1626, or Mr. Scott Biehl, Office of the Chief Counsel (TCC-30), (202) 366-0952. Both agencies are located at 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours for the FHWA are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t., and for the FTA are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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The FHWA in consultation with the Federal Transit Administration, published a final rule on Statewide and Metropolitan Planning on January 24, 2003, at 68 FR 3176. After reviewing the final published document, the agencies realized that there was a mistake in the definition of the non-metropolitan local official. The definition indicated that a non-metropolitan local official, “means the elected or appointed officials of general purpose * * *”; however, the word “or” that follows the word “elected” and precedes the word “appointed” should be an “and”. In the section-by-section analysis section of the preamble, the agencies explain that the definition should read “elected and appointed officials of general purpose * * *”.

The language for the definition of non-metropolitan local official was jointly proposed by the National Association of Counties (NACO) representing the local governments, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) representing local officials and the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) representing the State DOTs. The agencies reviewed this proposed definition and believed it had merit because it came from the organizations whose members are most impacted by the final rule. Therefore, this correction merely changes the “or” to an “and” to accurately reflect the definition we intended to appear in the final rule.

Rulemaking Analyses and Notices

Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review) and DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures

The FHWA and the FTA have determined that this action is not a significant regulatory action within the meaning of Executive Order 12866 and the U.S. Department of Transportation regulatory policies and procedures. This action merely corrects a definition used in the final rule to remove the word “or” and replace it with the word “and” as stated in the preamble to the final rule. This correction is not a substantive change to the rule, but rather, is a ministerial change necessary to accurately reflect the intent of the agencies.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

In compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, 5 U.S.C. 601-612), the FHWA and the FTA have evaluated the effects of this final rule on small entities and has determined it will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

This rule does not impose unfunded mandates as defined by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub L. 104-4, March 22, 1995, 109 Stat. 48). This rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million in any one year.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

This action has been analyzed in accordance with the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 13132, and the agencies have determined that this action does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism assessment. The FHWA and the FTA have also determined that this action does not preempt any State law or State regulation or affect the States' ability to discharge traditional State governmental functions.

Executive Order 12372 (Intergovernmental Review)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction; 20.500 Federal Transit Capital Improvement Grants; 20.505, Federal Transit Metropolitan Planning Grants; 20.507, Federal Transit Formula Grants; 20515, State Planning and Research. Start Printed Page 7419The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This action does not contain a collection of information requirement under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

National Environmental Policy Act

The FHWA and the FTA have analyzed this action for the purpose of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347) and have determined that this action will not have any effect on the quality of environment.

Executive Order 13175 (Tribal Consultation)

The FHWA and the FTA have analyzed this action under Executive Order 13175, dated November 6, 2000. This action will not have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes; will not impose substantial direct compliance costs on Indian tribal governments; and will not preempt tribal law. Therefore, a tribal summary impact statement is not required.

Executive Order 13211 (Energy Effects)

We have analyzed this action under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that this rule is not a significant energy action under EO 11321 because this rule is not a significant regulatory action and it is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. Therefore, a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211 is not required.

Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform)

This action meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children)

We have analyzed this action under Executive Order 13045, protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This action is not an economically significant rule and does not concern an environmental risk to health or safety that may disproportionately affect children.

Executive Order 12630 (Taking of Private Property)

This action will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Government Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights.

Regulation Identification Number

A regulation identification number (RIN) is assigned to each regulatory action listed in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations. The Regulatory Information Service Center publishes the Unified Agenda in April and October of each year. The RIN contained in the heading of this document can be used to cross-reference this action with the Unified Agenda.

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List of Subjects in 23 CFR Part 450

  • Grant programs—transportation
  • Highways and roads
  • Mass transportation
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Issued on: February 10, 2003.

Mary E. Peters,

Federal Highway Administrator.

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Highway Administration is amending title 23, Code of Federal Regulations, part 450, as set forth below:

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1. The authority citation for part 450 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 23 U.S.C. 134, 135, and 315; and 49 U.S.C. 5303-5306, 5323(l).

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2. Amend § 450.104 to revise the definition of “non-metropolitan local official” to read as follows:

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Non-metropolitan local official means elected and appointed officials of general purpose local government, in non-metropolitan areas, with jurisdiction/responsibility for transportation.

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[FR Doc. 03-3735 Filed 2-13-03; 8:45 am]