Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Notice of Public Workshops and Hearings for the Proposed LaGuardia Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York City, Queens County, New York, 51142-51144 [2020-18163]

Download as PDF 51142 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 161 / Wednesday, August 19, 2020 / Notices Budget; (4) adoption of the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget; (5) Resolution 2020–08 adopting the proposed water resources program for FY2019–2021; (6) ratification/approval of contracts/grants; (7) Resolution 2020– 09 adopting amendments to Comprehensive Plan for the Water Resources of the Susquehanna River Basin; (8) two resolutions providing for emergency certificate extensions; (9) a report on delegated settlements; and (10) Regulatory Program projects. This agenda is complete at the time of issuance, but other items may be added, and some stricken without further notice. The listing of an item on the agenda does not necessarily mean that the Commission will take final action on it at this meeting. When the Commission does take final action, notice of these actions will be published in the Federal Register after the meeting. Any actions specific to projects will also be provided in writing directly to project sponsors. Due to the COVID–19 orders, the meeting will be conducted telephonically and there will be no physical public attendance. The public is invited to attend the Commission’s business meeting by telephone conference and may do so by dialing Conference Call # 1–888–387–8686, the Conference Room Code # 9179686050. Written comments pertaining to items on the agenda at the business meeting may be mailed to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 North Front Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110–1788, or submitted electronically through www.srbc.net/about/meetingsevents/business-meeting.html. Such comments are due to the Commission on or before September 16, 2020. Comments will not be accepted at the business meeting noticed herein. Authority: Pub. L. 91–575, 84 Stat. 1509 et seq., 18 CFR parts 806, 807, and 808. Dated: August 13, 2020. Jason E. Oyler, General Counsel and Secretary to the Commission. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION Projects Approved for Minor Modifications Susquehanna River Basin Commission. ACTION: Notice. This notice lists the minor modifications approved for a previously Jkt 250001 Dated: August 13, 2020. Jason E. Oyler, General Counsel and Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–18097 Filed 8–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7040–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Notice of Public Workshops and Hearings for the Proposed LaGuardia Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York City, Queens County, New York The FAA is issuing this notice under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, to announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Access Improvement Project and its connected SUMMARY: AGENCY: 16:34 Aug 18, 2020 Authority: Pub. L. 91–575, 84 Stat. 1509 et seq., 18 CFR parts 806, 807, and 808. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Public Workshops and Hearings. BILLING CODE 7040–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 Minor Modifications Issued Under 18 CFR 806.18 1. Moxie Freedom LLC, Docket No. 20200314, Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pa.; approval to add Hazleton Area Water Company as an additional source of water for consumptive use; Approval Date: July 24, 2020. AGENCY: [FR Doc. 2020–18092 Filed 8–18–20; 8:45 am] SUMMARY: approved project by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission during the period set forth in DATES. DATES: July 1–31, 2020. ADDRESSES: Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110–1788. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason E. Oyler, General Counsel, telephone: (717) 238–0423, ext. 1312; fax: (717) 238–2436; email: joyler@ srbc.net. Regular mail inquiries may be sent to the above address. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice lists previously approved projects, receiving approval of minor modifications, described below, pursuant to 18 CFR 806.18 or to Commission Resolution Nos. 2013–11 and 2015–06 for the time period specified above: PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 actions (the Proposed Action). The Proposed Action would provide direct access between LGA and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Mets-Willets Point Station and the New York City Transit (NYCT) 7 Line MetsWillets Point Station. FAA is the lead federal agency in the preparation of the EIS, with cooperating agencies including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Draft EIS was prepared to disclose the potential environmental impacts resulting from the Proposed Action, including real property transactions under the New York State Eminent Domain Procedures Law. This notice announces the beginning of public comment period to solicit public comments on the Draft EIS. FAA plans to hold two public meetings and three public hearings concerning the Proposed Action and information contained in the Draft EIS. DATES: The public comment period on the Draft EIS starts on August 21, 2020 and ends on October 5, 2020. All comments must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday, October 5, 2020. As part of the EIS public participation process, FAA will hold two public workshops via Zoom where information will be presented and interested members of the public can participate in a moderated question and answer session on the Proposed Action and information contained in the Draft EIS with the FAA and the EIS Team: • September 22, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. • September 23, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. FAA will also hold three public hearings via Zoom where interested members of the public can provide and listen to oral comments concerning the Proposed Action and information contained in the Draft EIS: • September 22, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. • September 23, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. • September 24, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All speakers who register to give oral comments will be given up to 3 minutes to allow everyone the opportunity to provide oral comments, if they choose to do so. Written comments will also be accepted, as specified below. Due to the ongoing public health emergency associated with COVID–19 E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 161 / Wednesday, August 19, 2020 / Notices and FAA’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of the community, all workshops and hearings will be virtual. Registration and instructions for the public workshops and hearings is available on the project website at https://www.lgaaccesseis.com/. Translation services, including sign language interpretation, can be made available during the public workshops and hearings, if requested 10 calendar days before the sessions, via the online registration process. ADDRESSES: Oral comments on the Draft EIS may be presented at the public hearings or by leaving a voicemail at (855) LGA–EIS9 or (855) 542–3479. Written comments on the Draft EIS may be submitted via the following methods: • Online on the project website at https://www.lgaaccesseis.com/formalcomment • Email to comments@lgaaccesseis.com • U.S. Mail to Mr. Andrew Brooks, Environmental Program Manager, Eastern Regional Office, AEA–610, Federal Aviation Administration, 1 Aviation Plaza, Jamaica, NY 11434 Comments on the Draft EIS will help FAA arrive at the best possible informed decision about the proposal. If you choose to include your name, address and telephone number, email, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information, FAA cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Andrew Brooks, Environmental Program Manager, Eastern Regional Office, AEA– 610, Federal Aviation Administration, 1 Aviation Plaza, Jamaica, NY 11434. Telephone: 718–553–2511. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice continues the EIS process announced in the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiate Section 106 Consultation for the Proposed LaGuardia Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York City, Queens County, New York, 84 FR 19151, May 3, 2019, and follows meetings associated with the EIS announced in the Notice of Public Information Sessions on Alternatives Analysis for the Proposed LaGuardia Airport Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York City, Queens County, New York, 84 FR 66438, December 4, 2019. This document was prepared in response to a proposal presented by the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Aug 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority). The Port Authority operates LGA under a lease agreement with the City of New York. FAA must decide whether to approve, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 47106 and 47107 relating to the eligibility of the Proposed Action for federal funding under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and/or under 49 U.S.C. 40117, as implemented by 14 CFR 158.25, to impose and use passenger facility charge (PFC) revenue collected for the Proposed Action to assist with construction of potentially eligible development items shown on the Airport Layout Plan (ALP). FAA approval of the eligibility for federal funding under AIP or to impose and use PFCs is a Federal action that must comply with NEPA requirements. FAA, as lead federal agency, invited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to participate as cooperating agencies, which they have accepted, as described under 40 CFR 1501.6(a)(1). The Draft EIS presents the purpose and need for the Proposed Action, analysis of reasonable alternatives, discussion of impacts for each reasonable alternative, and support appendices. Pursuant to 40 CFR 1502.14(d), the No Action Alternative is also assessed in the Draft EIS as the baseline for comparison purposes. The Proposed Action includes: • construction of an above ground fixed guideway automated people mover (APM) system approximately 2.3 miles in length that extends from the future LGA Central Hall Building to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Mets-Willets Point Station and the New York City Transit (NYCT) 7 Line MetsWillets Point Station; • construction of two on-Airport APM stations (Central Hall APM Station and East APM Station) and one offAirport APM station at Willets Point (Willets Point APM Station) that provides connections to the MetsWillets Point LIRR and NYCT 7 Line stations; • construction of passenger walkway systems to connect the APM stations to the passenger terminals, parking garages, and ground transportation facilities; • construction of a multi-level APM operations, maintenance, and storage facility (OMSF) that includes up to 1,000 parking spaces (500 for airport PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51143 employees, 250 for MTA employees, 50 for APM employees, and 200 for replacement Citi Field parking); • construction of three traction power substations: One located at the onAirport East Station, another at-grade west of the proposed Willets Point Station just south of Roosevelt Avenue, and the third at the OMSF to provide power to the APM guideway; • construction of a 27kV main substation located adjacent to the OMSF structure on MTA property; • construction of utilities infrastructure, both new and modified, as needed, to support the Proposed Action, including a permanent stormwater outfall into Flushing Creek and a temporary stormwater outfall into Flushing Creek; and • acquisition of temporary and permanent easements. The Proposed Action also includes various connected actions, including: Utility relocation and demolition of certain existing facilities; a temporary MTA bus storage/parking facility; relocation of up to 200 Citi Field parking spaces; demolition and replacement of the Passerelle Bridge; temporary walkway to maintain access between the transit stations and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; modifications to the MTA LIRR MetsWillets Point Station, including service changes to the LIRR Port Washington Line; and the relocation of a boat lift, finger piers and connected timber floating dock, Marina office and boatyard facility, boat storage and parking, and operations shed, part of the World’s Fair Marina. FAA provides the following notices: • Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.8(c) that it is using the NEPA process to notify the public of FAA’s finding that the proposed undertaking would adversely affect properties listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and is seeking public comment on the measures proposed to avoid, minimize, or mitigate such effects disclosed in the Draft EIS. A Draft Memorandum of Agreement to resolve adverse effects to historic properties is included in Appendix K.11 of the Draft EIS. • Pursuant to Section 4(f) of the DOT Act, FAA has prepared a Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation (see Appendix I of the Draft EIS). The Proposed Action would have a significant impact on Section 4(f) resources and is seeking public comments on impacts and proposed mitigation disclosed in Chapter 3.8 of the Draft EIS. • Pursuant to DOT Order 5610.2(a), DOT Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1 51144 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 161 / Wednesday, August 19, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Low-Income Populations, the Proposed Action would have a significant impact on minority environmental justice populations and is seeking public comments on impacts and proposed mitigation disclosed in Chapter 3.14 of the Draft EIS. • Pursuant to Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands, that the Proposed Action would temporarily affect less than 1 acre of jurisdictional wetlands in Flushing Creek and less than 1 acre of temporary and permanent impact in Flushing Bay. Impacts to these aquatic resources are disclosed in Chapter 3.16 of the Draft EIS. • Pursuant to Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management that the Proposed Action would not result in a significant encroachment on floodplains. Impacts to floodplains are disclosed in Chapter 3.16 of the Draft EIS. FAA encourages all interested parties to provide comments concerning the scope and content of the Draft EIS. Comments should be as specific as possible and address the analysis of potential environmental impacts and the adequacy of the assessment of the Proposed Action or merits of its alternatives and the mitigation being considered. Reviewers should organize their participation so that it is meaningful and makes the agency aware of the viewers’ interests and concerns using quotations and other specific references to the Draft EIS and related documents. This commenting procedure is intended to ensure that substantive comments and concerns are available to FAA in a timely manner so that FAA has an opportunity to address them. Matters that could have been raised with specificity during the comment period on the Draft EIS may not be considered if they are raised for the first time later in the decision process. Following the public comment period, FAA will prepare a Final EIS and Record of Decision pursuant to 40 CFR 1503.4(c) [Council of Environmental Quality regulations] and FAA Orders 1050.1F and 5050.4B. FAA and the US Army Corps of Engineers will prepare a joint Record of Decision pursuant to Executive Order 13807. Issued in Jamaica, New York, August 14, 2020. Evelyn Martinez, Manager, New York Airport District Office, Airports Division, Eastern Region. [FR Doc. 2020–18163 Filed 8–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Aug 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Docket No. FAA–2020–0799] Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Certification: Mechanics, Repairman, Parachute Riggers Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The collection involves requirements for mechanics, repairmen, parachute riggers, and inspection authorization. The information to be collected will be used to determine applicant eligibility for certification or authorization. SUMMARY: Written comments should be submitted by October 19, 2020. ADDRESSES: Please send written comments: By Electronic Docket: https:// www.regulations.gov (Enter docket number into search field). By email: Tanya Glines, tanya.glines@ faa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tanya Glines by email at: Tanya.glines@ faa.gov; phone: 801–257–5085 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. OMB Control Number: 2120–0022. Title: Certification: Mechanics, Repairman, Parachute Riggers FAR–65. Form Numbers: FAA Form 8610–1, FAA Form 8610–2, FAA Form 8610–3. Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection. Background: 14 CFR part 65 prescribes, among other things, rules governing the issuance of certificates DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and associated ratings for mechanics, repairmen, parachute riggers, and the issuance and renewal of inspection authorizations. The information is collected on forms submitted by applicants for mechanic, repairman, or parachute rigger certificates, or applicants for an inspection authorization. The information is used for evaluation by the FAA, and is necessary for determining eligibility for issuance of a certificate, rating, or authorization. Applicants for a light-sport repairman certificate must complete a prescribed number of training hours, based on the repairman rating and class of aircraft being applied for. Parachute riggers must maintain records of the packing, maintenance, and alteration of parachutes performed or supervised by the parachute rigger. Applicants who fail a required certification test, and who test within 30 days of that test failure, must present a signed statement certifying that the applicant has received additional instruction in each of the subjects failed. A new FAA form is being proposed for repairman applications. In lieu of repairman applicant information being collected on FAA Form 8610–2 as currently required, it will be collected on a new FAA Form 8610–3. Respondents: 37,350 mechanic, parachute rigger, and repairmen applicants. Frequency: On occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 20 Minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 40,000 Hours. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 13, 2020. Tanya A. Glines, Aviation Safety Inspector, Safety Standards, General Aviation Maintenance Branch (AFS– 350). 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) and Notice of Public Workshops and Hearings for the Proposed 
LaGuardia Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New 
York City, Queens County, New York

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement and Notice of Public Workshops and Hearings.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is issuing this notice under the provisions of the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, to 
announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for the proposed LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Access Improvement 
Project and its connected actions (the Proposed Action). The Proposed 
Action would provide direct access between LGA and the Metropolitan 
Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Mets-
Willets Point Station and the New York City Transit (NYCT) 7 Line Mets-
Willets Point Station. FAA is the lead federal agency in the 
preparation of the EIS, with cooperating agencies including U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York 
State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State 
Department of Transportation, and New York State Office of Parks, 
Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Draft EIS was prepared to 
disclose the potential environmental impacts resulting from the 
Proposed Action, including real property transactions under the New 
York State Eminent Domain Procedures Law. This notice announces the 
beginning of public comment period to solicit public comments on the 
Draft EIS. FAA plans to hold two public meetings and three public 
hearings concerning the Proposed Action and information contained in 
the Draft EIS.

DATES: The public comment period on the Draft EIS starts on August 21, 
2020 and ends on October 5, 2020. All comments must be received by no 
later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday, October 5, 2020.
    As part of the EIS public participation process, FAA will hold two 
public workshops via Zoom where information will be presented and 
interested members of the public can participate in a moderated 
question and answer session on the Proposed Action and information 
contained in the Draft EIS with the FAA and the EIS Team:
     September 22, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
     September 23, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    FAA will also hold three public hearings via Zoom where interested 
members of the public can provide and listen to oral comments 
concerning the Proposed Action and information contained in the Draft 
EIS:
     September 22, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
     September 23, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
     September 24, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    All speakers who register to give oral comments will be given up to 
3 minutes to allow everyone the opportunity to provide oral comments, 
if they choose to do so. Written comments will also be accepted, as 
specified below.
    Due to the ongoing public health emergency associated with COVID-19

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and FAA's responsibility to protect the health and safety of the 
community, all workshops and hearings will be virtual. Registration and 
instructions for the public workshops and hearings is available on the 
project website at https://www.lgaaccesseis.com/. Translation services, 
including sign language interpretation, can be made available during 
the public workshops and hearings, if requested 10 calendar days before 
the sessions, via the online registration process.

ADDRESSES: Oral comments on the Draft EIS may be presented at the 
public hearings or by leaving a voicemail at (855) LGA-EIS9 or (855) 
542-3479. Written comments on the Draft EIS may be submitted via the 
following methods:
 Online on the project website at https://www.lgaaccesseis.com/formal-comment
 Email to [email protected]
 U.S. Mail to Mr. Andrew Brooks, Environmental Program Manager, 
Eastern Regional Office, AEA-610, Federal Aviation Administration, 1 
Aviation Plaza, Jamaica, NY 11434
Comments on the Draft EIS will help FAA arrive at the best possible 
informed decision about the proposal. If you choose to include your 
name, address and telephone number, email, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire 
comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made 
publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to 
withhold your personal identifying information, FAA cannot guarantee 
that we will be able to do so.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Andrew Brooks, Environmental 
Program Manager, Eastern Regional Office, AEA-610, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 1 Aviation Plaza, Jamaica, NY 11434. Telephone: 718-
553-2511.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice continues the EIS process 
announced in the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) and Initiate Section 106 Consultation for the Proposed 
LaGuardia Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New 
York City, Queens County, New York, 84 FR 19151, May 3, 2019, and 
follows meetings associated with the EIS announced in the Notice of 
Public Information Sessions on Alternatives Analysis for the Proposed 
LaGuardia Airport Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport 
(LGA), New York City, Queens County, New York, 84 FR 66438, December 4, 
2019.
    This document was prepared in response to a proposal presented by 
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority). The 
Port Authority operates LGA under a lease agreement with the City of 
New York. FAA must decide whether to approve, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 
47106 and 47107 relating to the eligibility of the Proposed Action for 
federal funding under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and/or 
under 49 U.S.C. 40117, as implemented by 14 CFR 158.25, to impose and 
use passenger facility charge (PFC) revenue collected for the Proposed 
Action to assist with construction of potentially eligible development 
items shown on the Airport Layout Plan (ALP). FAA approval of the 
eligibility for federal funding under AIP or to impose and use PFCs is 
a Federal action that must comply with NEPA requirements. FAA, as lead 
federal agency, invited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of 
Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of 
Transportation, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and 
Historic Preservation to participate as cooperating agencies, which 
they have accepted, as described under 40 CFR 1501.6(a)(1).
    The Draft EIS presents the purpose and need for the Proposed 
Action, analysis of reasonable alternatives, discussion of impacts for 
each reasonable alternative, and support appendices. Pursuant to 40 CFR 
1502.14(d), the No Action Alternative is also assessed in the Draft EIS 
as the baseline for comparison purposes. The Proposed Action includes:
     construction of an above ground fixed guideway automated 
people mover (APM) system approximately 2.3 miles in length that 
extends from the future LGA Central Hall Building to the Metropolitan 
Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Mets-
Willets Point Station and the New York City Transit (NYCT) 7 Line Mets-
Willets Point Station;
     construction of two on-Airport APM stations (Central Hall 
APM Station and East APM Station) and one off-Airport APM station at 
Willets Point (Willets Point APM Station) that provides connections to 
the Mets-Willets Point LIRR and NYCT 7 Line stations;
     construction of passenger walkway systems to connect the 
APM stations to the passenger terminals, parking garages, and ground 
transportation facilities;
     construction of a multi-level APM operations, maintenance, 
and storage facility (OMSF) that includes up to 1,000 parking spaces 
(500 for airport employees, 250 for MTA employees, 50 for APM 
employees, and 200 for replacement Citi Field parking);
     construction of three traction power substations: One 
located at the on-Airport East Station, another at-grade west of the 
proposed Willets Point Station just south of Roosevelt Avenue, and the 
third at the OMSF to provide power to the APM guideway;
     construction of a 27kV main substation located adjacent to 
the OMSF structure on MTA property;
     construction of utilities infrastructure, both new and 
modified, as needed, to support the Proposed Action, including a 
permanent stormwater outfall into Flushing Creek and a temporary 
stormwater outfall into Flushing Creek; and
     acquisition of temporary and permanent easements.
    The Proposed Action also includes various connected actions, 
including: Utility relocation and demolition of certain existing 
facilities; a temporary MTA bus storage/parking facility; relocation of 
up to 200 Citi Field parking spaces; demolition and replacement of the 
Passerelle Bridge; temporary walkway to maintain access between the 
transit stations and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; modifications to the 
MTA LIRR Mets-Willets Point Station, including service changes to the 
LIRR Port Washington Line; and the relocation of a boat lift, finger 
piers and connected timber floating dock, Marina office and boatyard 
facility, boat storage and parking, and operations shed, part of the 
World's Fair Marina.
    FAA provides the following notices:
     Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.8(c) that it is using the NEPA 
process to notify the public of FAA's finding that the proposed 
undertaking would adversely affect properties listed or eligible for 
listing on the National Register of Historic Places and is seeking 
public comment on the measures proposed to avoid, minimize, or mitigate 
such effects disclosed in the Draft EIS. A Draft Memorandum of 
Agreement to resolve adverse effects to historic properties is included 
in Appendix K.11 of the Draft EIS.
     Pursuant to Section 4(f) of the DOT Act, FAA has prepared 
a Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation (see Appendix I of the Draft EIS). The 
Proposed Action would have a significant impact on Section 4(f) 
resources and is seeking public comments on impacts and proposed 
mitigation disclosed in Chapter 3.8 of the Draft EIS.
     Pursuant to DOT Order 5610.2(a), DOT Actions to Address 
Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and

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Low-Income Populations, the Proposed Action would have a significant 
impact on minority environmental justice populations and is seeking 
public comments on impacts and proposed mitigation disclosed in Chapter 
3.14 of the Draft EIS.
     Pursuant to Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands, 
that the Proposed Action would temporarily affect less than 1 acre of 
jurisdictional wetlands in Flushing Creek and less than 1 acre of 
temporary and permanent impact in Flushing Bay. Impacts to these 
aquatic resources are disclosed in Chapter 3.16 of the Draft EIS.
     Pursuant to Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management 
that the Proposed Action would not result in a significant encroachment 
on floodplains. Impacts to floodplains are disclosed in Chapter 3.16 of 
the Draft EIS.
    FAA encourages all interested parties to provide comments 
concerning the scope and content of the Draft EIS. Comments should be 
as specific as possible and address the analysis of potential 
environmental impacts and the adequacy of the assessment of the 
Proposed Action or merits of its alternatives and the mitigation being 
considered. Reviewers should organize their participation so that it is 
meaningful and makes the agency aware of the viewers' interests and 
concerns using quotations and other specific references to the Draft 
EIS and related documents. This commenting procedure is intended to 
ensure that substantive comments and concerns are available to FAA in a 
timely manner so that FAA has an opportunity to address them. Matters 
that could have been raised with specificity during the comment period 
on the Draft EIS may not be considered if they are raised for the first 
time later in the decision process.
    Following the public comment period, FAA will prepare a Final EIS 
and Record of Decision pursuant to 40 CFR 1503.4(c) [Council of 
Environmental Quality regulations] and FAA Orders 1050.1F and 5050.4B. 
FAA and the US Army Corps of Engineers will prepare a joint Record of 
Decision pursuant to Executive Order 13807.

    Issued in Jamaica, New York, August 14, 2020.
Evelyn Martinez,
Manager, New York Airport District Office, Airports Division, Eastern 
Region.
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