Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement for the E Street Transit Corridor in San Bernardino, CA, 3248-3249 [05-1154]

Download as PDF 3248 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 13 / Friday, January 21, 2005 / Notices listed above under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT and at the FAA regional Airports office located at: Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, Airports Division, Planning and Programming Branch, ASW–610, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137–4298. In addition, any person may, upon request, inspect the application, notice and other documents germane to the application in person at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Issued in Fort worth, Texas on January 12, 2005. Rick Marinelli, Acting Manager, Airports Division. [FR Doc. 05–1158 Filed 1–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement: Shelby County, TN Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Intent. 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The proposed route, which begins at Split Oak Drive and proceeds northward approximately 10 miles to Stage Road, would consist of improving some existing roads and some construction on new alignment. The project would provide two to three traffic lanes in each direction and either a continuous center lane or a raised median with turning lanes. The EIS supplement will be prepared for Kirby Parkway from I–240 north to VerDate jul<14>2003 14:11 Jan 19, 2005 Jkt 205001 I–40. The portion of the project from Macon Road south of I–40 to Stage Road north of I–40 has been constructed and opened to traffic. A Walnut Grove Road bridge over the Wolf River has been designed and will be constructed beginning in 2005. The segment from Walnut Grove Road at the Wolf River to Macon Road, passing through Shelby Farms, has not been designed and will be reassessed to determine if a new route location farther to the west would be appropriate. This alignment shift through Shelby Farms will be considered in response to public comments and to minimize potential adverse effects. The purpose for preparing the EIS supplement is to determine whether there are new circumstances in the project area and to study modified alternative alignments to determine whether new significant impacts would occur as a result of the modification to the proposed project. Alternatives under consideration include (1) taking no action to construct a new facility between Walnut Grove Road and Macon Road; (2) constructing a multi-lane highway on the approved location; and (3) constructing a multilane highway partially on the approved location and on new location through Shelby Farms. Various design options of grade, alignment, and typical section will be incorporated into and studied with the proposed build alternatives. Roadway design will be in conformance with the major road plan for Shelby County. The primary purpose of the proposed project is to relieve congestion in the East Memphis area. Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will be sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies, and to private organizations and citizens who have previously expressed or are known to have interest in this proposal. Public meetings are planned for February and July of 2005. In addition, a public hearing will be held. Public notice will be given of the time and place of the meeting and hearing. The draft Supplemental EIS will be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the public hearing. No formal scoping meeting will be held. To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action are addressed and all significant issues identified, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be directed to the FHWA at the address provided above. 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ACTION: SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Omnitrans are issuing this notice to advise agencies and the public that, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, FTA and Omnitrans, in cooperation with San Bernardino Association of Governments, Southern California Association of Governments and other public entities, will complete the Alternatives Analysis, adopt a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and then prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate transit improvements, including a potential bus rapid transit (BRT) line and other alternatives in the E Street corridor from California State University at San Bernardino to the City of Loma Linda in San Bernardino County, California. This Notice of Intent is being published at this time to notify all interested parties and to invite them to participate in the study. Conceptual alternatives to be considered may include No Action/No Build, transportation system management (TSM), bus rapid transit (BRT), and light rail transit (LRT). Other conceptual alternatives may be identified during the scoping sessions. SCOPING: Scoping for the studies will be developed during a process that will include an extensive review of previous and existing plans, consultation with affected agencies and interested persons, interviews with community leaders, public meetings and other outreach/involvement activities. DATES: Two public scoping meetings, one at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center 295 NE., Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401, on February 7, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the other to be held at the Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 13 / Friday, January 21, 2005 / Notices 6th Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401, on February 9, 2005, at 5:30 p.m. Details of the public scoping meetings will be advertised in local newspapers and other media. An interagency scoping meeting will be held on February 17, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. (See ADDRESSES below). Written comments on the scope of the studies may be sent to Rohan Kuruppu, Director of Planning, Omnitrans within forty-five days of the meeting dates (See ADDRESSES below). Written comments on the project should be sent to Rohan Kuruppu, Director of Planning, Omnitrans, Omnitrans Metro Facility, 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411. The interagency scoping meeting will be held on February 17, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. at Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), 818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA, 90017. All scoping meetings will be held in facilities meeting the requirements of Americans with Disabilities Act. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Notice of Intent The Notice of intent is to prepare an Alternatives Analysis leading to an Environmental Impact Statement and is being published at this time to advise interested parties of the study and invite their participation. FTA regulations and guidance in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act will be used in the analysis and preparation of the E Street Corridor studies. II. Scoping The FTA, Omnitrans, SANBAG, SCAG and other public entities invite comments both at the public meetings listed above and in writing for a period of 45 days following the date of the meetings. Comments should focus on identifying specific social, economic, or environmental concerns to be addressed, the types of alternatives to be considered as well as the scope and impacts of the alternatives. If you wish to be placed on a mailing list to receive further information as the study progresses, contact Rohan Kuruppu at Omnitrans, 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411. III. Study Area The study area is approximately 14 miles long, extending from California State University on the north to the City of Loma Linda on the south generally following Kendall Drive, E Street, Hospitality Lane and then south crossing under I–10 on one of three alternative alignments. VerDate jul<14>2003 14:11 Jan 19, 2005 Jkt 205001 3249 consequences of building and operating Numerous key deficiencies and needs a premium transit system in the E Street Corridor in advance of any decisions to have been identified in the E Street commit substantial financial or other Corridor. Existing transit services are resources towards its implementation. slower than auto travel. Given that the The Environmental Impact Statement corridor has high transit dependency will allow the project sponsors to and an aging population, this translates evaluate the projects potential for into reduced mobility for many significant adverse impacts during residents. It also results in low usage by construction and operation and to choice riders, particularly during identify feasible mitigation measures for lunchtime and mid-day periods. The those impacts. The specific analyses corridor is in need of a catalyst to help that would take place are land use, accelerate revitalization efforts that have neighborhood character, social not yet been successful. Depressed conditions and displacement, visual and economic conditions in the central aesthetic considerations, historic corridor creates a disconnect of resources, archaeological resources, development between south and north. transit, traffic, parking, air quality, noise Portions of the corridor are viewed as and vibration, energy, hazardous unsafe. Scheduling of existing transit materials, water quality, natural routes is difficult because of the resources, construction and potential for delays, particularly construction impacts, cumulative crossing the I–10 Freeway. This problem impacts and environmental justice. will get much worse as population and Depending on the outcome of the employment grow. Parking capacity is scoping process and the analysis of also a problem at the university and conceptual alternatives, a Locally hospital campuses. Preferred Alternative (LPA) will be The purpose of the project is to selected and evaluated in the Draft EIS. mitigate the deficiencies identified The Draft EIS will be prepared above. Alternative transit scenarios to be simultaneously with Preliminary evaluated must be designed to address Engineering for the project, including the corridor’s deficiencies and needs. station and alignment options. The Draft Therefore each alternative will be EIS process will address the potential designed to meet the following project use of federal funds for the proposed goals: action, as well as assess the social, • Enhance Mobility and Accessibility; economic, and environmental impacts • Encourage Economic Growth and of the station and alignment Redevelopment; alternatives. Station designs and any • Improve Transit Operations; and alignment options will be refined to • Provide a Cost Effective Solution. minimize and mitigate any adverse impacts. V. Alternatives VII. FTA Procedures As provided in the FTA major investment project development After publication, the Draft EIS will process, this Alternatives Analysis will be available for public and agency focus on narrowing a range of review and comment, and a public conceptual alternatives to a manageable hearing will be held. Based on the Draft EIS and comments received, the LPA number to carry forward into detailed may be refined, and Omnitrans will analysis. Conceptual alternatives to be further assess the LPA in the Final EIS considered may include: • A No Action Alternative, including and will apply for FTA approval to initiate Final Design of the LPA. only existing and committed projects and services; Issued on: January 12, 2005. • A Transportation Systems Edward Carranza, Jr., Management (TSM) alternative that will Acting Regional Administrator. include existing and committed [FR Doc. 05–1154 Filed 1–19–05; 8:45 am] projects, the most recent Omnitrans BILLING CODE 4910–57–P Short Range Transit Plan and other non capital improvements; • One or more Bus Rapid Transit DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (BRT) alternatives in the E Street Corridor, with major improvements in Maritime Administration the corridor; and [Docket No. 2005–20093] • A Light Rail Transit (LRT) alternative. Requested Administrative Waiver of IV. Purpose and Need VI. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 13 (Friday, January 21, 2005)]
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[Pages 3248-3249]
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[FR Doc No: 05-1154]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement for the E Street 
Transit Corridor in San Bernardino, CA

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement 
(EIS).

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SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Omnitrans are 
issuing this notice to advise agencies and the public that, in 
accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, FTA and 
Omnitrans, in cooperation with San Bernardino Association of 
Governments, Southern California Association of Governments and other 
public entities, will complete the Alternatives Analysis, adopt a 
Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and then prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate transit improvements, including a 
potential bus rapid transit (BRT) line and other alternatives in the E 
Street corridor from California State University at San Bernardino to 
the City of Loma Linda in San Bernardino County, California. This 
Notice of Intent is being published at this time to notify all 
interested parties and to invite them to participate in the study. 
Conceptual alternatives to be considered may include No Action/No 
Build, transportation system management (TSM), bus rapid transit (BRT), 
and light rail transit (LRT). Other conceptual alternatives may be 
identified during the scoping sessions.

Scoping: Scoping for the studies will be developed during a process 
that will include an extensive review of previous and existing plans, 
consultation with affected agencies and interested persons, interviews 
with community leaders, public meetings and other outreach/involvement 
activities.

DATES: Two public scoping meetings, one at the Radisson Hotel & 
Convention Center 295 NE., Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401, on 
February 7, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the other to be held at the 
Feldheym Central Library, 555 W.

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6th Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401, on February 9, 2005, at 5:30 p.m. 
Details of the public scoping meetings will be advertised in local 
newspapers and other media. An interagency scoping meeting will be held 
on February 17, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. (See ADDRESSES below). Written 
comments on the scope of the studies may be sent to Rohan Kuruppu, 
Director of Planning, Omnitrans within forty-five days of the meeting 
dates (See ADDRESSES below).

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the project should be sent to Rohan 
Kuruppu, Director of Planning, Omnitrans, Omnitrans Metro Facility, 
1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411. The interagency 
scoping meeting will be held on February 17, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. at 
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), 818 West Seventh 
Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA, 90017. All scoping meetings will 
be held in facilities meeting the requirements of Americans with 
Disabilities Act.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Notice of Intent

    The Notice of intent is to prepare an Alternatives Analysis leading 
to an Environmental Impact Statement and is being published at this 
time to advise interested parties of the study and invite their 
participation. FTA regulations and guidance in accordance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act will be used in the analysis and 
preparation of the E Street Corridor studies.

II. Scoping

    The FTA, Omnitrans, SANBAG, SCAG and other public entities invite 
comments both at the public meetings listed above and in writing for a 
period of 45 days following the date of the meetings. Comments should 
focus on identifying specific social, economic, or environmental 
concerns to be addressed, the types of alternatives to be considered as 
well as the scope and impacts of the alternatives.
    If you wish to be placed on a mailing list to receive further 
information as the study progresses, contact Rohan Kuruppu at 
Omnitrans, 1700 West Fifth Street, San Bernardino, CA 92411.

III. Study Area

    The study area is approximately 14 miles long, extending from 
California State University on the north to the City of Loma Linda on 
the south generally following Kendall Drive, E Street, Hospitality Lane 
and then south crossing under I-10 on one of three alternative 
alignments.

IV. Purpose and Need

    Numerous key deficiencies and needs have been identified in the E 
Street Corridor. Existing transit services are slower than auto travel. 
Given that the corridor has high transit dependency and an aging 
population, this translates into reduced mobility for many residents. 
It also results in low usage by choice riders, particularly during 
lunchtime and mid-day periods. The corridor is in need of a catalyst to 
help accelerate revitalization efforts that have not yet been 
successful. Depressed economic conditions in the central corridor 
creates a disconnect of development between south and north. Portions 
of the corridor are viewed as unsafe. Scheduling of existing transit 
routes is difficult because of the potential for delays, particularly 
crossing the I-10 Freeway. This problem will get much worse as 
population and employment grow. Parking capacity is also a problem at 
the university and hospital campuses.
    The purpose of the project is to mitigate the deficiencies 
identified above. Alternative transit scenarios to be evaluated must be 
designed to address the corridor's deficiencies and needs. Therefore 
each alternative will be designed to meet the following project goals:
     Enhance Mobility and Accessibility;
     Encourage Economic Growth and Redevelopment;
     Improve Transit Operations; and
     Provide a Cost Effective Solution.

V. Alternatives

    As provided in the FTA major investment project development 
process, this Alternatives Analysis will focus on narrowing a range of 
conceptual alternatives to a manageable number to carry forward into 
detailed analysis. Conceptual alternatives to be considered may 
include:
     A No Action Alternative, including only existing and 
committed projects and services;
     A Transportation Systems Management (TSM) alternative that 
will include existing and committed projects, the most recent Omnitrans 
Short Range Transit Plan and other non capital improvements;
     One or more Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) alternatives in the E 
Street Corridor, with major improvements in the corridor; and
     A Light Rail Transit (LRT) alternative.

VI. Probable Effects

    The purpose of the EIS is to fully disclose the environmental 
consequences of building and operating a premium transit system in the 
E Street Corridor in advance of any decisions to commit substantial 
financial or other resources towards its implementation. The 
Environmental Impact Statement will allow the project sponsors to 
evaluate the projects potential for significant adverse impacts during 
construction and operation and to identify feasible mitigation measures 
for those impacts. The specific analyses that would take place are land 
use, neighborhood character, social conditions and displacement, visual 
and aesthetic considerations, historic resources, archaeological 
resources, transit, traffic, parking, air quality, noise and vibration, 
energy, hazardous materials, water quality, natural resources, 
construction and construction impacts, cumulative impacts and 
environmental justice.
    Depending on the outcome of the scoping process and the analysis of 
conceptual alternatives, a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) will be 
selected and evaluated in the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS will be prepared 
simultaneously with Preliminary Engineering for the project, including 
station and alignment options. The Draft EIS process will address the 
potential use of federal funds for the proposed action, as well as 
assess the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the station 
and alignment alternatives. Station designs and any alignment options 
will be refined to minimize and mitigate any adverse impacts.

VII. FTA Procedures

    After publication, the Draft EIS will be available for public and 
agency review and comment, and a public hearing will be held. Based on 
the Draft EIS and comments received, the LPA may be refined, and 
Omnitrans will further assess the LPA in the Final EIS and will apply 
for FTA approval to initiate Final Design of the LPA.

    Issued on: January 12, 2005.
Edward Carranza, Jr.,
Acting Regional Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-1154 Filed 1-19-05; 8:45 am]
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