Emergency Route Working Group
In December 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) Act which provides long-term surface transportation funding. Section 5502 of the (FAST) Act requires the Department of Transportation to create an Emergency Route Working Group (ERWG). The purpose of the ERWG is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on best practices for expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery.
The Department is establishing the ERWG through the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), doing so enables us to consult with outside groups for advice in developing a report on best practices and will ensure Congress and the general public remain informed of the purpose, membership, and activities of the advisory group.
On August 24, 2016, a Notice was published in the Federal Register indicating procedures for nomination for ERWG membership. That notice can be viewed at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/24/2016-20233/emergency-route-working-group-erwg-federal-advisory-committee.
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