Notice of Availability of Discussion Paper on the Evaluation of Economic Development, 4502-4503 [E9-1545]

Download as PDF 4502 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 15 / Monday, January 26, 2009 / Notices in a location closer to the Wallkill River. Auxiliary ramps will be provided between Exits 122 and 121 to separate weaving maneuvers from the mainline SUMMARY: This notice announces actions NYS Route 17. The project will also taken by the FHWA and other Federal include reasonable measures to agencies that are final within the minimize environmental impacts, and meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The other landscape and aesthetic actions relate to a proposed highway enhancements within the project limits. project, that involves reconstruction of The actions by the Federal agencies, and an interchange and related the laws under which such actions were transportation improvements centered taken, are described in the Final on the New York State Route 17 Exit Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) 122 interchange within the Town of for the project, approved on July 21, Wallkill, Orange County, in the State of 2008 and in the FHWA Record of New York. Those actions grant licenses, Decision (ROD) issued on December 18, permits, and approvals for the project. 2008. The FEIS, ROD, and other project DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is records are available by contacting the advising the public of final agency FHWA or the New York State actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A Department of Transportation at the claim seeking judicial review of the addresses provided above. Federal agency actions on the highway This notice applies to all Federal project will be barred unless the claim agency decisions related to the New is filed on or before July 27, 2009. If the York Route 17 Exit 122 project as of the Federal law that authorizes judicial issuance date of this notice and all laws review of a claim provides a time period under which such actions were taken, of less than 180 days for filing such include but are not limited to: claim, then that shorter time period still 1. National Environmental Policy Act applies. [42 U.S.C. 4321–4351]. 2. Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: U.S.C. 109 and 23 U.S.C. 128]. Jeffrey W. Kolb, P.E., Division 3. Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401– Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, New York Division, Leo 7671(q)]. 4. Section 4(f) of the Department of W. O’Brien Federal Building, 7th Floor, Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. Clinton Avenue and North Pearl Street, 303]. Albany, New York 12207, Telephone: 5. Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. (518) 431–4127 or Joan Dupont, P.E., 1531–1544 and Section 1536]. Regional Director, NYSDOT Region 8; 4 6. Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Burnett Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, New [16 U.S.C. 661–667(d)]. York 12603, Telephone: (845) 431–5750. 7. Migratory Bird Treaty Act [16 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is U.S.C. 703–712]. hereby given that the FHWA, and other 8. Section 106 of the National Historic Federal agencies have taken final agency Preservation Act of 1966, as amended actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1) by [16 U.S.C. 470(f) et seq.]. issuing licenses, permits, and approvals 9. Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. for the following transportation project 2000(d)–2000(d)(1)]. in the State of New York: New York 10. Farmland Protection Policy Act [7 Route 17 Exit 122 in the Town of U.S.C. 4201–4209]. Wallkill, Orange County. The project 11. Wetlands and Water Resources: will reconstruct and rehabilitate the Clean Water Act (Section 404, Section existing Exit 122 interchange ramp 401, Section 319) [33 U.S.C. 1251– configuration to provide for new loop 1377]. and directional ramps connected to 12. Land and Water Conservation relocated sections of East Main Street Fund [16 U.S.C. 4601–4604]. and Crystal Run Road to improve safety 13. Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and operation and bring it up to current [33 U.S.C. 401–406]. Federal standards for an Urban 14. Executive Order 11990 Protection Principal Arterial Interstate. Crystal Run of Wetlands. Road will be realigned to connect to 15. Executive Order 11988 Floodplain East Main Street. The East Main Street Management. extension will not be constructed, but 16. Executive Order 12898, Federal the project could accommodate future Actions to Address Environmental roadway construction of an East Main Justice in Minority Populations and Low Street extension if planned and Income Populations. approved through the local government (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance planning process and built by others. Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning The Crystal Run Road Bridge over NYS and Construction. The regulations Route 17 will be removed and replaced implementing Executive Order 12372 ACTION: Notice of limitation on claims for judicial review of actions by FHWA and other federal agencies. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:20 Jan 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). Issued on: January 6, 2009. Jeffrey W. Kolb, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. Albany, New York. [FR Doc. E9–1534 Filed 1–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–RY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [Docket Number: FTA–2009–0005] Notice of Availability of Discussion Paper on the Evaluation of Economic Development AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) discussion paper on the Evaluation of Economic Development and requests your comments on it. The paper describes one possible approach that could be used to evaluate economic development impacts of projects seeking New Starts funding. Economic development is one of the criteria that FTA uses to assess project justification, which, along with local financial commitment, informs FTA funding decisions for New Starts projects. DATES: Comments must be received within 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Late filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by the Docket Number FTA– 2008–0053] by any of the following methods: Web site: http://regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site. Fax: 202–493–2251. Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20590. Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 15 / Monday, January 26, 2009 / Notices Instructions: You must include the agency name (Federal Transit Administration) and the docket number (FTA–2009–0005). You should submit two copies of your comments if you submit them by mail. If you wish to receive confirmation that FTA received your comments, you must include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to the federal government Web site located at http:// regulations.gov. This means that if your comment includes any personal identifying information, such information will be made available to users of Web site. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Fisher, Office of Planning and Environment, telephone (202) 366– 4033. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., East Building, Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Although the discussion paper is reasonably detailed, FTA invites comments that may address broader areas of the evaluation of economic development as well as comments that address the level of detail described. Comments made on the discussion paper will be considered by FTA in its development of proposed policy guidance some time in the future on the approach for evaluation of economic development. That proposed policy guidance will also be published for notice and comment prior to being finalized. FTA is departing from its usual approach of simply issuing proposed guidance and then final because no formal FTA approach to evaluation of this criterion exists, there is a broad diversity of views on the definition of economic development, and the state-ofthe-practice for its evaluation is far behind that for more traditional measures of mobility improvements. FTA requests comments on the evaluation of economic development and specifically on the discussion paper, which is available in DOT’s electronic docket at http:// regulations.gov and on FTA’s Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/planning/ newstarts/ planning_environment_5615.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Issued on: January 16, 2009. Sherry E. Little, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. E9–1545 Filed 1–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:20 Jan 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims. SUMMARY: This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for public transportation projects in the following areas: San Francisco, California; Miami, Florida; Sacramento, California; and Hudson County, New Jersey and New York, New York. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject projects and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions. DATES: By this notice, FTA is advising the public of final agency actions subject to Title 23, United States Code (U.S.C.), section 139(l). A claim seeking judicial review of the FTA actions announced herein for the listed public transportation projects will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before July 27, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Zelasko, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Planning and Environment, 202–366–0244, or Christopher Van Wyk, AttorneyAdvisor, Office of Chief Counsel, 202– 366–1733. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that FTA has taken final agency actions by issuing certain approvals for the public transportation projects listed below. The actions on these projects, as well as the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in the documentation issued in connection with each project to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and in other documents in the FTA administrative record for the corresponding project. The final agency environmental decision documents— Records of Decision (ROD) or Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI)—for the listed projects are available online at http://www.fta.dot.gov/planning/ environment/ planning_environment_documents.html or may be obtained by contacting the corresponding FTA Regional Office for PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4503 the metropolitan area where the project is located. Contact information for the FTA Regional Offices may be found at http://www.fta.dot.gov. This notice applies to all FTA decisions on the listed projects as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including, but not limited to, the NEPA [42 U.S.C. 4321–4375], Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303], Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 470f], and the Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401–7671q]. This notice does not, however, alter or extend the limitation period of 180 days for challenges of project decisions subject to previous notices published in the Federal Register (e.g., this notice does not extend the limitation on claims announced in the Federal Register on November 2, 2007, for the ROD issued for the Miami-Dade Orange Line Phase 2 Project). The projects and actions that are the subject of this notice are: 1. Project name and location: Central Subway Project, San Francisco, California. Project sponsor: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA). Project description: The FTA and SFMTA have completed a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for the Central Subway Project, an extension of the Third Street Light Rail Project. SFMTA will build a 1.7-mile extension along Fourth and Stockton Streets from the existing Third Street Light Rail Station at Fourth and King Streets to a new terminus in Chinatown at Stockton and Jackson Streets. The light rail transit will transition to subway operation at a portal under the I–80 Freeway and continue along Fourth Street in a twintunnel configuration. The Central Subway project includes one surface station between Brannan and Bryant Streets and three subway stations: Moscone, Union Square/Market Street, and Chinatown. A temporary construction tunnel would extend beyond the Chinatown Station under Stockton Street to Columbus Avenue near Washington Square. Final Agency Actions: ROD signed on November 26, 2008; Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement signed on November 5, 2008; Project-level Air Quality Conformity determination; and Section 4(f) de minimis impact finding. Supporting documentation: Central Subway Project Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 15 (Monday, January 26, 2009)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-1545]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[Docket Number: FTA-2009-0005]


Notice of Availability of Discussion Paper on the Evaluation of 
Economic Development

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the Federal Transit 
Administration's (FTA) discussion paper on the Evaluation of Economic 
Development and requests your comments on it. The paper describes one 
possible approach that could be used to evaluate economic development 
impacts of projects seeking New Starts funding. Economic development is 
one of the criteria that FTA uses to assess project justification, 
which, along with local financial commitment, informs FTA funding 
decisions for New Starts projects.

DATES: Comments must be received within 60 days after publication in 
the Federal Register. Late filed comments will be considered to the 
extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by the Docket Number 
FTA-2008-0053] by any of the following methods:
    Web site: http://regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for 
submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site.
    Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 
West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., 
Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

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    Instructions: You must include the agency name (Federal Transit 
Administration) and the docket number (FTA-2009-0005). You should 
submit two copies of your comments if you submit them by mail. If you 
wish to receive confirmation that FTA received your comments, you must 
include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Note that all comments 
received will be posted without change to the federal government Web 
site located at http://regulations.gov. This means that if your comment 
includes any personal identifying information, such information will be 
made available to users of Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Fisher, Office of Planning and 
Environment, telephone (202) 366-4033. FTA is located at 1200 New 
Jersey Ave., SE., East Building, Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are 
from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Although the discussion paper is reasonably 
detailed, FTA invites comments that may address broader areas of the 
evaluation of economic development as well as comments that address the 
level of detail described. Comments made on the discussion paper will 
be considered by FTA in its development of proposed policy guidance 
some time in the future on the approach for evaluation of economic 
development. That proposed policy guidance will also be published for 
notice and comment prior to being finalized.
    FTA is departing from its usual approach of simply issuing proposed 
guidance and then final because no formal FTA approach to evaluation of 
this criterion exists, there is a broad diversity of views on the 
definition of economic development, and the state-of-the-practice for 
its evaluation is far behind that for more traditional measures of 
mobility improvements. FTA requests comments on the evaluation of 
economic development and specifically on the discussion paper, which is 
available in DOT's electronic docket at http://regulations.gov and on 
FTA's Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/planning/newstarts/planning_
environment_5615.html.

    Issued on: January 16, 2009.
Sherry E. Little,
Acting Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E9-1545 Filed 1-23-09; 8:45 am]
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