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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY (English/Español)

SIGNATURE PAGE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT (6.5mb)

CHAPTER ES.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (1mb)
ES.1 Project Study Area
ES.2 Purpose and Need for Action
ES.3 Alternatives Considered
ES.4 Summary of Transportation Impacts
ES.5 Summary of Environmental Consequences
ES.6 Mitigation Summary
ES.7 Financial Analysis and Investment Impacts
ES.8 Evaluation of Alternatives
ES.9 Public and Agency Coordination
ES.10 Next Steps

CHAPTER 1.0 PURPOSE AND NEED (8mb)
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Corridor Description
1.3 Travel Demand and Transportation Deficiencies
1.4 Goals and Objectives

CHAPTER 2.0 ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED (65mb)
2.1 Screening, Selection and Refinement Process
2.2 Definition of Alternatives

CHAPTER 3.0 TRANSPORTATION (4mb)
3.1 Affected Environment
3.2 Environmental Consequences
3.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 4.0 LAND USE, PUBLIC POLICY AND ZONING (11.5mb)
4.1 Affected Environment
4.2 Environmental Consequences
4.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 5.0 SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS (0.7mb)
5.1 Affected Environment
5.2 Environmental Consequences
5.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 6.0 NEIGHBORHOODS, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE (1.4mb)
6.1 Affected Environment
6.2 Environmental Consequences
6.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 7.0 VISUAL AND AESTHETIC CONSIDERATIONS (102mb)
7.1 Affected Environment
7.2 Environmental Consequences
7.3 Mitigation
7.4 Coordination

CHAPTER 8.0 CULTURAL RESOURCES (0.5mb)
8.1 Affected Environment
8.2 Environmental Consequences
8.3 Mitigation
8.4 Consultation

CHAPTER 9.0 PARKLANDS (1.7mb)
9.1 Affected Environment
9.2 Environmental Consequences
9.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 10.0 NATURAL RESOURCES (0.2mb)
10.1 Affected Environment
10.2 Environmental Consequences
10.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 11.0 WATER RESOURCES (8.2mb)
11.1 Affected Environment
11.2 Environmental Consequences
11.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 12.0 AIR QUALITY (0.2mb)
12.1 Legal and Regulatory Context
12.2 Affected Environment
12.3 Environmental Consequences
12.4 Mitigation

CHAPTER 13.0 NOISE AND VIBRATION (1.8mb)
13.1 Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment Guidelines
13.2 Affected Environment
13.3 Environmental Consequences
13.4 Mitigation

CHAPTER 14.0 ENERGY USE (0.1mb)
14.1 Affected Environment
14.2 Environmental Consequences – Direct Energy
14.3 Environmental Consequence – Indirect Energy
14.4 Mitigation

CHAPTER 15.0 HAZARDOUS AND CONTAMINATED MATERIALS (0.1mb)
15.1 Affected Environment
15.2 Environmental Consequences
15.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 16.0 SAFETY AND SECURITY (0.1mb)
16.1 Affected Environment
16.2 Environmental Consequences
16.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 17.0 ACQUISITIONS AND DISPLACEMENTS (0.4mb)
17.1 Acquisitions and Displacements
17.2 Mitigation

CHAPTER 18.0 CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS (.4mb)
18.1 Construction
18.2 Construction Education and Outreach Plan
18.3 Construction Regulations
18.4 Construction Schedule
18.5 Construction Methods
18.6 Utilities
18.7 Transportation, Traffic and Parking
18.8 Land Use, Community Facilities and Businesses
18.9 Displacements and Relocation of Existing Uses
18.10 Visual and Aesthetic Qualities
18.11 Neighborhoods, Community Services and Environmental Justice
18.12 Air Quality
18.13 Noise and Vibration
18.14 Natural Resources
18.15 Water Resources
18.16 Cultural, Historical and Archaeological Resources
18.17 Parklands
18.18 Energy
18.19 Hazardous and Contaminated Materials
18.20 Safety and Security
18.21 Mitigation

CHAPTER 19.0 SECONDARY AND CUMULATIVE EFFECTS (5.5mb)
19.1 Definition of Terms
19.2 Affected Environment
19.3 Potential Secondary Effects
19.4 Potential Cumulative Effects
19.5 Commitment of Resources
19.6 Mitigation

CHAPTER 20.0 FINANCIAL ANALYSIS (0.2mb)
20.1 LYNX BLE Northeast Corridor Light Rail Project Capital Costs
20.2 Sources of Funds for General Capital Funds
20.3 Sources of Fund for Corridor Capital Projects
20.4 Capital Investment Program
20.5 Operating Program
20.6 Financial Projections
20.7 Forecast Risks

CHAPTER 21.0 EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVES (0.2mb)
21.1 Project Goals and Effectiveness
21.2 Equity
21.3 FTA New Starts Criteria and Project Status
21.4 Summary and Significant Trade-Offs

CHAPTER 22.0 PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AND AGENCY COORDINATION (0.2mb)
22.1 Scoping Process
22.2 Public Involvement Program
22.3 Project Mailing Lists
22.4 Environmental Justice Outreach
22.5 Agency Coordination
22.6 Continued Coordination, Required Permits and Agency Approvals

APPENDIX A: RESOLUTIONS (6.1mb)
APPENDIX B: AGENCY CORRESPONDENCE (5.9mb)
APPENDIX C: ACQUISITIONS AND EASEMENTS (0.3mb)
APPENDIX D: LIST OF PREPARERS (0.2mb)
APPENDIX E: DISTRIBUTION LIST (0.1mb)
APPENDIX F: GLOSSARY (0.2mb)
APPENDIX G: REFERENCES (0.1mb)
APPENDIX H: LEGAL AND REGULATORY CONTEXTS/METHODOLOGIES (0.7mb)

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