Environmental Impact Statement for Improved Station Access and Additional Parking at the MTA Metro-North Railroad North White Plains Station, Westchester County, NY, 29813-29815 [05-10360]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 24, 2005 / Notices State Department Web site should be addressed to the Domestic Fleet Management and Operations Division (A/OPR/GSM/FMO) [Attn: Chappell Garner], 2201 C Street, NW., Room B258, Washington, DC 20520, telephone 202–647–3245. Dated: May 18, 2005. Vincent J. Chaverini, Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of Operations, , Department of State. [FR Doc. 05–10334 Filed 5–23–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–24–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Environmental Impact Statement for Improved Station Access and Additional Parking at the MTA MetroNorth Railroad North White Plains Station, Westchester County, NY Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FTA, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) and the Westchester County Department of Transportation (WCDOT), intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to improve station access and provide additional parking at the Metro-North North White Plains Station, Westchester County, New York (Proposed Action). The FTA is the lead Federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The Proposed Action is being developed by Metro-North and WCDOT, the cosponsors of the Proposed Action. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with NEPA and the applicable regulations for implementing NEPA, as set forth in 23 CFR part 771 and 40 CFR parts 1500– 1508. The EIS is being prepared to satisfy the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Items that will be considered in the Proposed Action are: • Expansion of parking capacity through the construction of a multi-level parking structure at Metro-North’s North White Plains Station; • Improved access to/from the proposed expanded parking facilities from the east side of the railroad tracks; • Enhanced customer service facilities for intermodal connections and parking demand management strategies such as: Jitney services, feeder buses supported by park-and-ride lots, carpool VerDate jul<14>2003 17:36 May 23, 2005 Jkt 205001 and vanpool arrangements, bicycling and walking; • Restoration of a portion of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation which is currently used for customer parking back to parkland; and • Rerouting a portion of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation bike pathway in the study area. The EIS will evaluate a build alternative, comprising a multi-level parking structure and four possible access alternatives, a No Action Alternative and any additional reasonable alternatives generated by the scoping process. Scoping will be accomplished through meetings and correspondence with interested persons, organizations, and Federal, State, regional, and local agencies. DATES: The public is invited to participate in a scoping meeting on June 14th, 2005 commencing at 7 p.m. at the location identified under ADDRESSES below to ensure that all significant issues are identified and considered. Presentation boards depicting the Proposed Action will be available for review at the meeting. Metro-North and WCDOT representatives will be present at the meeting. Formal presentations by Metro-North and WCDOT regarding the project will be made at 7 p.m., followed by the opportunity for the public to make comments on the scope of the EIS. Registration to speak will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will remain open until 8:30 p.m.. A stenographer will be available at the meeting to record oral comments. Those wishing to speak are requested to register at the meeting location upon arrival, however, registration to speak will remain open until 8:30 p.m. The meeting will conclude when all registered speakers have been heard. Printed versions of the Scoping Information Document are available at a number of public libraries and municipal offices. A list of these locations can be obtained by contacting Mr. James Hoegler, PE, AICP, or Ms. Patricia Chemka, AICP, at the telephone numbers listed below under ADDRESSES, or by visiting the following Web sites: http://www.mta.info (click ‘‘MTA– Home’’ then ‘‘Planning Studies,’’ and ‘‘North White Plains Station ’’) and the WCDOT Web site: http:// www.westchestergov.com/ transportation. The Scoping Information Document may also be requested by writing to these individuals, or may be viewed on-line by visiting the Web sites listed above. The scoping comment period will remain open through July 11, 2005. Written comments on the scope of the PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29813 EIS may be tendered at the scoping meeting, or may be sent to Mr. James Hoegler, PE, AICP at Metro-North Railroad, or Ms. Patricia Chemka, AICP at WCDOT at the addresses given under ADDRESSES below. Requests to be placed on the study mailing list may also be made by calling or by writing to these individuals. ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 in rooms C and D at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue (at the Bronx River Parkway), White Plains, NY 10606. The scoping meeting site is accessible to mobility-impaired people and interpreter services will be provided for persons with hearing impairments upon request. People with special needs should contact Mr. James Hoegler at Metro-North (888) 836–8301 at least five (5) days prior to the meeting. Written comments will be taken at the meeting or may be sent to the following addresses thru July 11, 2005: Mr. James Hoegler, PE, AICP, MTA Metro-North Railroad, 345 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017, phone (888) 836–8301; or Ms. Patricia Chemka, AICP, Westchester County Department of Transportation, 100 East 1st Street, 9th Floor, Mount Vernon, NY 10550, phone (914) 813–7753. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Irwin B. Kessman, Director of Planning and Program Development, Federal Transit Administration, (212) 668–2170. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Scoping FTA, Metro-North and WCDOT invite interested individuals, organizations, and Federal, State, and local agencies to provide comments on the scope of the Proposed Action. During the scoping process, comments should focus on specific social, economic, or environmental issues to be evaluated, and on suggesting alternatives that may be less costly or have fewer environmental impacts while achieving similar transportation objectives. To assist interested parties in formulating their comments, a Scoping Information Document has been prepared and is available on the MTA Web site and the Westchester County Web site addresses noted above, or upon request from the Metro-North and WCDOT representatives identified above. The Scoping Information Document includes the purpose and need for the Proposed Action, a description of the preliminary alternatives, environmental issues that will be addressed during the course of the study, and an outline of the on-going public participation program. E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 29814 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 24, 2005 / Notices II. Description of the Study Area The North White Plains Station is located along Metro-North’s Harlem Line on Harlem Avenue west of Broadway (NY Route 22) and east of the Bronx River Parkway, approximately 0.25 miles north of Interstate 287 (I– 287), in the northern section of the City of White Plains, Westchester County, New York. The station is located amidst many one-way roads near the municipal boundaries of the City of White Plains, the Towns of North Castle and Greenburgh. The Harlem Line, which generally runs north-south through the City of White Plains, is one of three major passenger rail lines which provide regularly scheduled daily train service between New York City, Grand Central Terminal, and various locations in Westchester County. The northern terminus of the Harlem Line is in Wassaic, in the Town of Amenia, Dutchess County, New York. The Primary Study Area is defined as the area west of Harlem Avenue and east of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation (BRPR) between Holland Avenue to the south and Fisher Lane to the north. This area consists of Harlem Avenue, the land currently occupied by station parking areas, the station itself, and immediately adjacent facilities (e.g., drop off/pick up; intermodal area). Towards its goal of improving access to public transportation, Metro-North has identified the North White Plains Station as a Strategic Passenger Facility due to its central location and the level of train service currently provided. Metro-North currently provides a level of train service to the North White Plains Station that is among the top five on the Harlem Line and among the top ten systemwide. Three parking areas currently serve Metro-North customers at the North White Plains Station, with Metro-North and Westchester County owning the majority of the approximately 1,250 available parking spaces. Vehicular access to the station from the north and south is provided primarily by Broadway to the east and the Bronx River Parkway to the west. The majority of parking spaces that serve the station are located on the west side of the tracks and can only be accessed via the Bronx River Parkway at Fisher Lane. A one-way travel restriction on Fisher Lane in the vicinity of the railroad underpass prevents full west-to-east travel across the study area. III. Purpose and Need for the Proposed Action The need for the Proposed Action is due to the current parking deficiency, VerDate jul<14>2003 17:36 May 23, 2005 Jkt 205001 forecasted growth in ridership and projected customer diversions from other stations. In addition, access to the North White Plains Station is hampered by its location amidst a series of oneway roads such as Fisher Lane. Parking utilization at the North White Plains Station is approximately 90 percent on any typical weekday. MetroNorth experience suggests that drivers perceive a lot as full when the utilization exceeds 85 percent. A separate effort by Metro-North to estimate parking demand systemwide at its rail stations in New York State, which included a survey of the waiting lists for permits to park at the North White Plains Station, indicates the total current demand at the North White Plains Station to be approximately 1,560 spaces. Parking demand is forecast to be approximately 2,800 in 2015 and approximately 4,600 in 2,025. The construction of a multi-level parking structure would provide additional parking capacity to Metro-North customers to accommodate both current and future demand for parking (in 2015). In addition, access to the North White Plains Station is hampered by its location amidst a series of one-way roads such as Fisher Lane. Fisher Lane currently provides the only means of access to the parking areas located west of the tracks, areas which provide approximately 80% of all North White Plains Station parking. All Metro-North customers who use these parking areas must travel through the Bronx River Parkway—Fisher Lane intersection for access. This intersection currently experiences heavy traffic during the morning peak hours. Improved station access would reduce the site’s dependence on the Bronx River Parkway—Fisher Lane intersection. IV. Alternatives The EIS will evaluate Build and NoAction alternatives. The Build alternative will provide improvements that enhance connections to the existing transportation system and will meet the anticipated increase in parking demand. Metro-North and WCDOT conducted a Planning Study for the Proposed Action in advance of the EIS. The purpose of the study was to identify area constraints and determine the viability for the Proposed Action. The study identified a range of alternative improvement options to address the parking and access deficiencies at North White Plains Station. Two garage concepts and eleven access alternatives were developed and analyzed. Printed versions of the Planning Study are available on the Web sites indicated PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 above in DATES. Copies can also be viewed at the Metro-North and WCDOT offices by contacting Mr. Hoegler or Ms. Chemka at the telephone numbers listed above in ADDRESSES. As a result of the Planning Study, one garage concept and four access alternatives will be progressed in the EIS. These alternatives both improve site access to/from the east side of the railroad tracks and increase parking capacity. Specifically, the alternatives to be evaluated are include: (a) Parking Garage Concept Currently, there are approximately 1,250 surface parking spaces at the North White Plains Station. The Proposed Action would result in approximately 2,700 parking spaces, a net increase of about 116% (approximately 1,450 spaces). This would be accomplished through the construction of an approximate 2,200 space parking structure. The structure would contain the 1,450 net new spaces as well as approximately 750 spaces relocated into the garage from surface lots, permitting the most efficient use of the limited available space. Approximately 500 surface spaces would remain. The Planning Study revealed that due to area constraints and projected demand for parking spaces, the southern portion of the Westchester Countyoperated parking is the most feasible location for a new parking structure. It is also the largest contiguous area owned by Metro-North. (b) Site Access Alternatives 1. New access from the North— Construction of a new single lane underpass located south of the existing Fisher Lane underpass that would be used for eastbound travel. The existing Fisher Lane underpass would be converted to westbound travel; 2. New access from the East— Construction of a new two-way underpass from an extended Glenn Street under the Metro-North tracks; 3. New access from the South— Construction of a one-way (ingress-only) surface driveway from Cemetery Road; 4. New access from the South— Construction of a reversible one-lane ramp over Metro-North tracks on the south side of proposed partial two-way Cemetery Road. Each of the four access alternatives is feasible with the parking garage concept. The access alternatives will be assessed equally and one will be progressed along with the garage as the Proposed Action. No Action Alternative. This alternative provides for minor improvements, repairs, and other E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 24, 2005 / Notices maintenance actions to the existing parking areas and access points in the future, without the Proposed Action. V. Potential Effects Upon completion, the proposed improvements associated with the Proposed Action are anticipated to eliminate existing and future parking deficiencies through 2015. It will also generate positive impacts for MetroNorth customers, Westchester County residents, businesses, workers, and visitors. Impacts that may occur as a result of the Proposed Action will be evaluated in the EIS. Metro-North and WCDOT have identified several environmental areas of concern, including, but not limited to: Traffic; historic and archaeological resources; parkland; wetlands; visual character; and safety and security. Potential temporary effects associated with the construction phase include noise, vibration, impacts on pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and air quality. The EIS will describe the methodology used to assess impacts; identify the affected environment; and identify opportunities and measures for mitigating adverse impacts. Principles of environmental construction management, resource protection and mitigation measures, and the ‘‘MTA Metro North Railroad Sustainable Design/Design for the Environment Generic Recommendations and Guidelines’’, dated August 19, 2002 and developed pursuant to New York State Executive Order No. 111, Green and Clean State Buildings and Vehicles, will be incorporated into the Build Alternatives. VI. FTA Procedures During the NEPA process, FTA will comply with the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. 303), the conformity requirements of the Clean Air Act, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice and, to the maximum extent practicable, all other applicable federal environmental statutes, regulations, and executive orders, in accordance with FTA policy and regulations. A Draft EIS will be prepared and made available for public and agency review and comment. A public hearing will be held on the Draft EIS. On the basis of the Draft EIS and the public and agency comments thereon, a preferred alternative will be selected and will be fully described and further developed in the Final EIS. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:36 May 23, 2005 Jkt 205001 Issued on: May 19, 2005. Letitia Thompson, Regional Administrator, Region II. [FR Doc. 05–10360 Filed 5–23–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–04–18682] Frontal New Car Assessment Program National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of final decision on the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) pilot programs for child safety. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act required that a safety rating for child restraints be established to provide practicable, readily understandable, and timely information to consumers. In addition, the TREAD Act directed the Secretary of Transportation to consider placing child restraints in the rear seat of vehicles crash-tested under NCAP. In response to this mandate, NHTSA established a consumer information program for addon child restraints based on their ease of use, and announced that it would perform two pilot programs to gather additional information about other aspects of child passenger safety. One pilot program would subject child restraints to a 48 km/h (30 mph) sled test. This program focused on the protection provided by the child restraint. The second pilot program placed child restraints in the rear seat of vehicles in frontal NCAP tests. This program focused on the protection the vehicle provided to properly restrained children. Based on the data collected from both pilot programs, the agency has decided not to implement a dynamic child restraint system (CRS) rating based on sled tests, and to continue collecting data from NCAP frontal crash tests to resolve some outstanding technical issues and to gather additional data on the Hybrid III 6-year-old and 10-year-old child dummies. In addition, the agency will develop a better understanding of the real world data and its relationship to NCAP child results. The agency will make a decision on the merits of a vehicle child protection rating in conjunction with any possible revisions to the frontal testing program, which the agency is currently evaluating. PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29815 Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all submissions received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the petition (or signing the petition, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000, (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical issues concerning the dynamic sled pilot program, contact Mr. Sean Doyle of the New Car Assessment Program. Telephone: (202) 366–1740. Facsimile: (202) 493–2739. Electronic mail: Sean.Doyle@nhtsa.dot.gov. For technical issues concerning the vehicle pilot program, contact Mr. Brian Park of the New Car Assessment Program. Telephone: (202) 366–1740. Facsimile: (202) 493–2739. Electronic mail: Brian.Park@nhtsa.dot.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Environmental Impact Statement for Improved Station Access and 
Additional Parking at the MTA Metro-North Railroad North White Plains 
Station, Westchester County, NY

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

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

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SUMMARY: The FTA, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation 
Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) and the Westchester 
County Department of Transportation (WCDOT), intend to prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to improve station 
access and provide additional parking at the Metro-North North White 
Plains Station, Westchester County, New York (Proposed Action).
    The FTA is the lead Federal agency under the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The Proposed Action is being developed by 
Metro-North and WCDOT, the co-sponsors of the Proposed Action. The EIS 
will be prepared in accordance with NEPA and the applicable regulations 
for implementing NEPA, as set forth in 23 CFR part 771 and 40 CFR parts 
1500-1508. The EIS is being prepared to satisfy the requirements of the 
New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Items that 
will be considered in the Proposed Action are:
     Expansion of parking capacity through the construction of 
a multi-level parking structure at Metro-North's North White Plains 
Station;
     Improved access to/from the proposed expanded parking 
facilities from the east side of the railroad tracks;
     Enhanced customer service facilities for intermodal 
connections and parking demand management strategies such as: Jitney 
services, feeder buses supported by park-and-ride lots, carpool and 
vanpool arrangements, bicycling and walking;
     Restoration of a portion of the Bronx River Parkway 
Reservation which is currently used for customer parking back to 
parkland; and
     Rerouting a portion of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation 
bike pathway in the study area.
    The EIS will evaluate a build alternative, comprising a multi-level 
parking structure and four possible access alternatives, a No Action 
Alternative and any additional reasonable alternatives generated by the 
scoping process. Scoping will be accomplished through meetings and 
correspondence with interested persons, organizations, and Federal, 
State, regional, and local agencies.

DATES: The public is invited to participate in a scoping meeting on 
June 14th, 2005 commencing at 7 p.m. at the location identified under 
ADDRESSES below to ensure that all significant issues are identified 
and considered. Presentation boards depicting the Proposed Action will 
be available for review at the meeting. Metro-North and WCDOT 
representatives will be present at the meeting.
    Formal presentations by Metro-North and WCDOT regarding the project 
will be made at 7 p.m., followed by the opportunity for the public to 
make comments on the scope of the EIS. Registration to speak will begin 
at 6:30 p.m. and will remain open until 8:30 p.m.. A stenographer will 
be available at the meeting to record oral comments. Those wishing to 
speak are requested to register at the meeting location upon arrival, 
however, registration to speak will remain open until 8:30 p.m. The 
meeting will conclude when all registered speakers have been heard.
    Printed versions of the Scoping Information Document are available 
at a number of public libraries and municipal offices. A list of these 
locations can be obtained by contacting Mr. James Hoegler, PE, AICP, or 
Ms. Patricia Chemka, AICP, at the telephone numbers listed below under 
ADDRESSES, or by visiting the following Web sites: http://www.mta.info 
(click ``MTA-Home'' then ``Planning Studies,'' and ``North White Plains 
Station '') and the WCDOT Web site: http://www.westchestergov.com/
transportation. The Scoping Information Document may also be requested 
by writing to these individuals, or may be viewed on-line by visiting 
the Web sites listed above.
    The scoping comment period will remain open through July 11, 2005. 
Written comments on the scope of the EIS may be tendered at the scoping 
meeting, or may be sent to Mr. James Hoegler, PE, AICP at Metro-North 
Railroad, or Ms. Patricia Chemka, AICP at WCDOT at the addresses given 
under ADDRESSES below. Requests to be placed on the study mailing list 
may also be made by calling or by writing to these individuals.

ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting will be held: Tuesday, June 14, 
2005 in rooms C and D at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central 
Avenue (at the Bronx River Parkway), White Plains, NY 10606.
    The scoping meeting site is accessible to mobility-impaired people 
and interpreter services will be provided for persons with hearing 
impairments upon request. People with special needs should contact Mr. 
James Hoegler at Metro-North (888) 836-8301 at least five (5) days 
prior to the meeting.
    Written comments will be taken at the meeting or may be sent to the 
following addresses thru July 11, 2005: Mr. James Hoegler, PE, AICP, 
MTA Metro-North Railroad, 345 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 
10017, phone (888) 836-8301; or Ms. Patricia Chemka, AICP, Westchester 
County Department of Transportation, 100 East 1st Street, 9th Floor, 
Mount Vernon, NY 10550, phone (914) 813-7753.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Irwin B. Kessman, Director of 
Planning and Program Development, Federal Transit Administration, (212) 
668-2170.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Scoping

    FTA, Metro-North and WCDOT invite interested individuals, 
organizations, and Federal, State, and local agencies to provide 
comments on the scope of the Proposed Action. During the scoping 
process, comments should focus on specific social, economic, or 
environmental issues to be evaluated, and on suggesting alternatives 
that may be less costly or have fewer environmental impacts while 
achieving similar transportation objectives. To assist interested 
parties in formulating their comments, a Scoping Information Document 
has been prepared and is available on the MTA Web site and the 
Westchester County Web site addresses noted above, or upon request from 
the Metro-North and WCDOT representatives identified above. The Scoping 
Information Document includes the purpose and need for the Proposed 
Action, a description of the preliminary alternatives, environmental 
issues that will be addressed during the course of the study, and an 
outline of the on-going public participation program.

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II. Description of the Study Area

    The North White Plains Station is located along Metro-North's 
Harlem Line on Harlem Avenue west of Broadway (NY Route 22) and east of 
the Bronx River Parkway, approximately 0.25 miles north of Interstate 
287 (I-287), in the northern section of the City of White Plains, 
Westchester County, New York. The station is located amidst many one-
way roads near the municipal boundaries of the City of White Plains, 
the Towns of North Castle and Greenburgh.
    The Harlem Line, which generally runs north-south through the City 
of White Plains, is one of three major passenger rail lines which 
provide regularly scheduled daily train service between New York City, 
Grand Central Terminal, and various locations in Westchester County. 
The northern terminus of the Harlem Line is in Wassaic, in the Town of 
Amenia, Dutchess County, New York.
    The Primary Study Area is defined as the area west of Harlem Avenue 
and east of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation (BRPR) between Holland 
Avenue to the south and Fisher Lane to the north. This area consists of 
Harlem Avenue, the land currently occupied by station parking areas, 
the station itself, and immediately adjacent facilities (e.g., drop 
off/pick up; intermodal area).
    Towards its goal of improving access to public transportation, 
Metro-North has identified the North White Plains Station as a 
Strategic Passenger Facility due to its central location and the level 
of train service currently provided. Metro-North currently provides a 
level of train service to the North White Plains Station that is among 
the top five on the Harlem Line and among the top ten systemwide. Three 
parking areas currently serve Metro-North customers at the North White 
Plains Station, with Metro-North and Westchester County owning the 
majority of the approximately 1,250 available parking spaces.
    Vehicular access to the station from the north and south is 
provided primarily by Broadway to the east and the Bronx River Parkway 
to the west. The majority of parking spaces that serve the station are 
located on the west side of the tracks and can only be accessed via the 
Bronx River Parkway at Fisher Lane. A one-way travel restriction on 
Fisher Lane in the vicinity of the railroad underpass prevents full 
west-to-east travel across the study area.

III. Purpose and Need for the Proposed Action

    The need for the Proposed Action is due to the current parking 
deficiency, forecasted growth in ridership and projected customer 
diversions from other stations. In addition, access to the North White 
Plains Station is hampered by its location amidst a series of one-way 
roads such as Fisher Lane.
    Parking utilization at the North White Plains Station is 
approximately 90 percent on any typical weekday. Metro-North experience 
suggests that drivers perceive a lot as full when the utilization 
exceeds 85 percent. A separate effort by Metro-North to estimate 
parking demand systemwide at its rail stations in New York State, which 
included a survey of the waiting lists for permits to park at the North 
White Plains Station, indicates the total current demand at the North 
White Plains Station to be approximately 1,560 spaces. Parking demand 
is forecast to be approximately 2,800 in 2015 and approximately 4,600 
in 2,025. The construction of a multi-level parking structure would 
provide additional parking capacity to Metro-North customers to 
accommodate both current and future demand for parking (in 2015).
    In addition, access to the North White Plains Station is hampered 
by its location amidst a series of one-way roads such as Fisher Lane. 
Fisher Lane currently provides the only means of access to the parking 
areas located west of the tracks, areas which provide approximately 80% 
of all North White Plains Station parking. All Metro-North customers 
who use these parking areas must travel through the Bronx River 
Parkway--Fisher Lane intersection for access. This intersection 
currently experiences heavy traffic during the morning peak hours. 
Improved station access would reduce the site's dependence on the Bronx 
River Parkway--Fisher Lane intersection.

IV. Alternatives

    The EIS will evaluate Build and No-Action alternatives. The Build 
alternative will provide improvements that enhance connections to the 
existing transportation system and will meet the anticipated increase 
in parking demand.
    Metro-North and WCDOT conducted a Planning Study for the Proposed 
Action in advance of the EIS. The purpose of the study was to identify 
area constraints and determine the viability for the Proposed Action. 
The study identified a range of alternative improvement options to 
address the parking and access deficiencies at North White Plains 
Station. Two garage concepts and eleven access alternatives were 
developed and analyzed. Printed versions of the Planning Study are 
available on the Web sites indicated above in DATES. Copies can also be 
viewed at the Metro-North and WCDOT offices by contacting Mr. Hoegler 
or Ms. Chemka at the telephone numbers listed above in ADDRESSES.
    As a result of the Planning Study, one garage concept and four 
access alternatives will be progressed in the EIS. These alternatives 
both improve site access to/from the east side of the railroad tracks 
and increase parking capacity. Specifically, the alternatives to be 
evaluated are include:

(a) Parking Garage Concept

    Currently, there are approximately 1,250 surface parking spaces at 
the North White Plains Station. The Proposed Action would result in 
approximately 2,700 parking spaces, a net increase of about 116% 
(approximately 1,450 spaces). This would be accomplished through the 
construction of an approximate 2,200 space parking structure. The 
structure would contain the 1,450 net new spaces as well as 
approximately 750 spaces relocated into the garage from surface lots, 
permitting the most efficient use of the limited available space. 
Approximately 500 surface spaces would remain.
    The Planning Study revealed that due to area constraints and 
projected demand for parking spaces, the southern portion of the 
Westchester County-operated parking is the most feasible location for a 
new parking structure. It is also the largest contiguous area owned by 
Metro-North.

(b) Site Access Alternatives

    1. New access from the North--Construction of a new single lane 
underpass located south of the existing Fisher Lane underpass that 
would be used for eastbound travel. The existing Fisher Lane underpass 
would be converted to westbound travel;
    2. New access from the East--Construction of a new two-way 
underpass from an extended Glenn Street under the Metro-North tracks;
    3. New access from the South--Construction of a one-way (ingress-
only) surface driveway from Cemetery Road;
    4. New access from the South--Construction of a reversible one-lane 
ramp over Metro-North tracks on the south side of proposed partial two-
way Cemetery Road.
    Each of the four access alternatives is feasible with the parking 
garage concept. The access alternatives will be assessed equally and 
one will be progressed along with the garage as the Proposed Action. No 
Action Alternative. This alternative provides for minor improvements, 
repairs, and other

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maintenance actions to the existing parking areas and access points in 
the future, without the Proposed Action.

V. Potential Effects

    Upon completion, the proposed improvements associated with the 
Proposed Action are anticipated to eliminate existing and future 
parking deficiencies through 2015. It will also generate positive 
impacts for Metro-North customers, Westchester County residents, 
businesses, workers, and visitors.
    Impacts that may occur as a result of the Proposed Action will be 
evaluated in the EIS. Metro-North and WCDOT have identified several 
environmental areas of concern, including, but not limited to: Traffic; 
historic and archaeological resources; parkland; wetlands; visual 
character; and safety and security. Potential temporary effects 
associated with the construction phase include noise, vibration, 
impacts on pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and air quality. The EIS 
will describe the methodology used to assess impacts; identify the 
affected environment; and identify opportunities and measures for 
mitigating adverse impacts. Principles of environmental construction 
management, resource protection and mitigation measures, and the ``MTA 
Metro North Railroad Sustainable Design/Design for the Environment 
Generic Recommendations and Guidelines'', dated August 19, 2002 and 
developed pursuant to New York State Executive Order No. 111, Green and 
Clean State Buildings and Vehicles, will be incorporated into the Build 
Alternatives.

VI. FTA Procedures

    During the NEPA process, FTA will comply with the requirements of 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 4(f) of 
the Department of Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. 303), the conformity 
requirements of the Clean Air Act, Executive Order 12898 on 
Environmental Justice and, to the maximum extent practicable, all other 
applicable federal environmental statutes, regulations, and executive 
orders, in accordance with FTA policy and regulations.
    A Draft EIS will be prepared and made available for public and 
agency review and comment. A public hearing will be held on the Draft 
EIS. On the basis of the Draft EIS and the public and agency comments 
thereon, a preferred alternative will be selected and will be fully 
described and further developed in the Final EIS.

    Issued on: May 19, 2005.
Letitia Thompson,
Regional Administrator, Region II.
[FR Doc. 05-10360 Filed 5-23-05; 8:45 am]
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