Availability of Record of Decision for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed LaGuardia Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York City, Queens County, New York, 39097-39098 [2021-15704]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 139 / Friday, July 23, 2021 / Notices Louisiana/New Mexico Airports Development Office, ASW–640, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76177, Telephone: (817) 222–5522, Email: jean.gamarra@faa.gov, Fax: (817) 222–5989. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA invites public comment on the request to release property at the Roswell Air Center under the provisions of the AIR 21. The following is a brief overview of the request: The City of Roswell requests the release of 13.3974 acres of nonaeronautical airport property. The land was acquired by Deed without Warranty from the United States on January 24th, 1968. The property to be released will be sold to allow for future airport development. Any person may inspect the request in person at the FAA office listed above under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. In addition, any person may, upon request, inspect the application, notice and other documents relevant to the application in person at the City of Roswell Legal Department, telephone number (575) 347–5703. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 16, 2021. Ignacio Flores, Director, Office of Airports Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2021–15644 Filed 7–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Availability of Record of Decision for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed LaGuardia Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York City, Queens County, New York Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of availability for Record of Decision. AGENCY: This notice is intended to advise the public that on July 20, 2021, the FAA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the federal actions reviewed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Access Improvement Project and its connected actions (the Proposed Action). The ROD includes numerous environmental findings by the FAA, as well as environmental determinations related to khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Jul 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 funding opportunities that are subject to federal oversight. The Final EIS and ROD are available for download on the project website at https://www.lgaaccesseis.com. 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: The FAA, as lead agency, has completed and is publishing a ROD for proposed improvements identified at LGA. The ROD was prepared pursuant to Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1505.2. The Final EIS for the proposed LGA Access Improvement Project was published on the project website at www.lgaaccesseis.com on March 15, 2021 and two Notices of Availability in the Federal Register were published; the first by the FAA on March 18, 2021 (86 FR 14796) and the second by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 19, 2021 (86 FR 14908). The FAA prepared the Final EIS pursuant to: The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) 4321 et seq.; the Council of Environmental Quality implementing regulations, 40 CFR parts 1500–1508; FAA Order 1050.1F; and FAA Order 5050.4B. FAA assessed the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, as well as the No Action Alternative. In the Final EIS, the FAA identified the Proposed Action as its preferred alternative in meeting the purpose and need of addressing unpredictable and increasing travel times to and from LGA and space constraints for employee parking. 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 LGA Central Hall Building under construction to the Mets-Willets Point Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City Transit Subway Flushing Line (7 Line) Stations; • 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39097 facility (OMSF) that includes up to 1,000 parking spaces (500 for airport employees, 250 for Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employees, 50 for APM employees, and 200 for replacement Citi Field parking); • construction of three traction power substations to provide power to the APM guideway: 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; • 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; no private property will be acquired. 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 Mets-Willets Point LIRR Station, including new shuttle service on the LIRR Port Washington Line; and the relocation of several World’s Fair Marina facilities, including a boat lift, finger piers and connected timber floating dock, Marina office and boatyard facility, boat storage and parking, and operations shed. The ROD includes FAA’s favorable environmental findings and determinations needed for the Port Authority to pursue future funding subject to FAA oversight pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 47106 and 47107 and 49 U.S.C. 40117. The findings included in the ROD are: • The Proposed Action will conform with the Clean Air Act of 1970, as amended (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.); • The Proposed Action includes all practicable measures to minimize harm to endangered species as much as such harm may result from implementation of the Proposed Action (Endangered Species Act of 1974, U.S.C. 1531, as amended); • There is no prudent and feasible alternative to use of lands containing publicly owned parks, recreation areas, national wildlife refuges, or significant historic sites protected under Section E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 39098 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 139 / Friday, July 23, 2021 / Notices 4(f) of the DOT Act, and the Proposed Action includes all possible planning to minimize harm to resources protected under Section 4(f) of the DOT Act (49 U.S.C. 303(c) and Section 106, National Historic Preservation Act); • Relocation assistance, if any, will be provided in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 460, Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970; • Further mitigation measures or alternatives that would avoid or reduce the disproportionately high and adverse effects to minority environmental justice populations are not practicable (DOT Order 5610.2B and E.O. 12989); • The Proposed Action would conform to all applicable state and/or local floodplain protection standards (E.O. 11988); • The Proposed Action complies with the enforceable policies of New York State’s approved coastal management program and will be conducted in a manner consistent with such program; • The Proposed Action conforms to the Avoidance, Minimization and/or Compensation of Harm to Wetlands in Accordance with E.O. 11990 and the Clean Water Act; • The Proposed Action includes all practicable means to avoid or minimize harm from the alternative selected (40 CFR 1505.2(a)(3)); and • The FAA has given this proposal the independent and objective evaluation required by the CEQ (40 CFR 1506.5). The determinations included in the ROD are: • The Proposed Action is reasonably consistent with existing plans of public agencies for development of areas surrounding the airport (49 U.S.C. 47106(a)(1)), and E.O. 12372; • Appropriate action, including the adoption of zoning laws, has been or will be taken as reasonable to restrict the land use next to or near the airport to uses that are compatible with airport operations (49 U.S.C. 47107(a)(10)); and • The interest of the communities in or near where the Proposed Action may be located were given fair consideration (49 U.S.C. 47106(b)(2)). This ROD also presents the decision of the NPS, as cooperating agency in the Final EIS, to approve a partial conversion of 0.5 acres of parklands subject to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as well as to approve a Temporary NonConforming Use (TNCU) of 1.2 acres of parkland subject to the LWCF Act. A copy of the ROD is available for public review at FAA’s website: https:// www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Jul 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 records_decision; and the LGA Access Improvement Project EIS website: http://www.LGAaccessEIS.com. Issued in Jamaica, New York, July 20, 2021. Patricia Henn, Manager, Planning and Programming Branch, Airports Division, Eastern Region. [FR Doc. 2021–15704 Filed 7–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions of Proposed Highway in California Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). AGENCY: The FHWA, on behalf of Caltrans, is issuing this notice to announce actions taken by Caltrans that are final within the meaning of the regulation. The actions relate to a proposed highway project on State Route 198 from post mile R11.3/R12.0 and on State Route 216 from post mile R0.0/R2.56 in Tulare County for the Lovers Lane Operational Improvements and Rehabilitation Project. Those actions grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the project. DATES: By this notice, the FHWA, on behalf of Caltrans, is advising the public of final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review of the Federal agency actions on the highway project will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before December 20, 2021. If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of a claim provides a time period of less than 150 days for filing such claim, then that shorter time period still applies. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Caltrans: Richard Putler, Senior Environmental Planner, Caltrans, 2015 East Shields Avenue, Suite 200, Fresno, CA 93721; phone number 559–304– 6599, richard.putler@dot.ca.gov. For FHWA, contact David Tedrick at (916) 498–5024 or email david.tedrick@ dot.gov. SUMMARY: Effective July 1, 2007, FHWA assigned, and Caltrans assumed, environmental responsibilities for this project pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327. Notice is hereby given that the Caltrans has taken final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1) by issuing licenses, permits, and approvals SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for the following highway project in the State of California: Caltrans proposes making operational improvements at the Lovers Lane Undercrossing (Tulare-198Post Mile 11.7, Bridge Number 46–216) and restoring the existing facility to a state of good repair. The project covers a 0.7-mile segment of State Route 198 from 0.3 mile west of the Lovers Lane Undercrossing to 0.5 mile east of it. The operational improvements consist of widening Lovers Lane below the undercrossing and improving the following four intersections: Lovers Lane (State Route 216) at Mineral King Avenue, Lovers Lane at State Route 198 on the eastbound on-ramps and offramps, Lovers Lane at Noble Avenue, and State Route 198 on the westbound on-ramps and off-ramps at Mineral King Avenue. The project also proposes to extend the life of the existing pavement along State Route 216 by rehabilitating the existing pavement and including all pertinent standards as required by the 3R Program (resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation). The actions by the Federal agencies, and the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project, approved on June 23th 2021, in the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) issued on June 23th 2021, and in other documents in the FHWA project records. The EA, FONSI, and other project records are available by contacting Caltrans at the addresses provided above. The Caltrans EA and FONSI can be obtained by contacting Caltrans: Richard Putler, Senior Environmental Planner, Caltrans, 2015 East Shields Avenue, Suite 200, Fresno, CA 93721; phone number 559–304– 6599, richard.putler@dot.ca.gov, or viewed at public libraries in the project area. This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including but not limited to: 1. Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500 et seq.; 23 CFR 771); 2. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4351 et seq.); 3. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map-21, Pub. L. 112– 141); 4. Noise Control Act of 1979 (42 U.S.C. 4901 et seq.); 3. Clean Air Act of 1963, as amended (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.); 4. Farmland Protection Policy Act (7 U.S. Code 4201–4209); 5. Department of Transportation Act of 1966, Section 4(f) (49 U.S.C. 303); 6. Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703–712); E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 139 (Friday, July 23, 2021)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Availability of Record of Decision for the Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) 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 for Record of Decision.

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SUMMARY: This notice is intended to advise the public that on July 20, 
2021, the FAA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the federal actions 
reviewed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 
proposed LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Access Improvement Project and its 
connected actions (the Proposed Action). The ROD includes numerous 
environmental findings by the FAA, as well as environmental 
determinations related to funding opportunities that are subject to 
federal oversight.
    The Final EIS and ROD are available for download on the project 
website at https://www.lgaaccesseis.com.

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: The FAA, as lead agency, has completed and 
is publishing a ROD for proposed improvements identified at LGA. The 
ROD was prepared pursuant to Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
1505.2.
    The Final EIS for the proposed LGA Access Improvement Project was 
published on the project website at www.lgaaccesseis.com on March 15, 
2021 and two Notices of Availability in the Federal Register were 
published; the first by the FAA on March 18, 2021 (86 FR 14796) and the 
second by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 19, 2021 (86 FR 
14908). The FAA prepared the Final EIS pursuant to: The National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) 
4321 et seq.; the Council of Environmental Quality implementing 
regulations, 40 CFR parts 1500-1508; FAA Order 1050.1F; and FAA Order 
5050.4B. FAA assessed the potential environmental impacts of the 
Proposed Action, as well as the No Action Alternative.
    In the Final EIS, the FAA identified the Proposed Action as its 
preferred alternative in meeting the purpose and need of addressing 
unpredictable and increasing travel times to and from LGA and space 
constraints for employee parking. 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 LGA Central Hall Building under construction to the 
Mets-Willets Point Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City 
Transit Subway Flushing Line (7 Line) Stations;
     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 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 Metropolitan Transportation 
Authority (MTA) employees, 50 for APM employees, and 200 for 
replacement Citi Field parking);
     construction of three traction power substations to 
provide power to the APM guideway: 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;
     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; no 
private property will be acquired.
    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 
Mets-Willets Point LIRR Station, including new shuttle service on the 
LIRR Port Washington Line; and the relocation of several World's Fair 
Marina facilities, including a boat lift, finger piers and connected 
timber floating dock, Marina office and boatyard facility, boat storage 
and parking, and operations shed.
    The ROD includes FAA's favorable environmental findings and 
determinations needed for the Port Authority to pursue future funding 
subject to FAA oversight pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 47106 and 47107 and 49 
U.S.C. 40117. The findings included in the ROD are:
     The Proposed Action will conform with the Clean Air Act of 
1970, as amended (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.);
     The Proposed Action includes all practicable measures to 
minimize harm to endangered species as much as such harm may result 
from implementation of the Proposed Action (Endangered Species Act of 
1974, U.S.C. 1531, as amended);
     There is no prudent and feasible alternative to use of 
lands containing publicly owned parks, recreation areas, national 
wildlife refuges, or significant historic sites protected under Section

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4(f) of the DOT Act, and the Proposed Action includes all possible 
planning to minimize harm to resources protected under Section 4(f) of 
the DOT Act (49 U.S.C. 303(c) and Section 106, National Historic 
Preservation Act);
     Relocation assistance, if any, will be provided in 
accordance with 42 U.S.C. 460, Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real 
Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970;
     Further mitigation measures or alternatives that would 
avoid or reduce the disproportionately high and adverse effects to 
minority environmental justice populations are not practicable (DOT 
Order 5610.2B and E.O. 12989);
     The Proposed Action would conform to all applicable state 
and/or local floodplain protection standards (E.O. 11988);
     The Proposed Action complies with the enforceable policies 
of New York State's approved coastal management program and will be 
conducted in a manner consistent with such program;
     The Proposed Action conforms to the Avoidance, 
Minimization and/or Compensation of Harm to Wetlands in Accordance with 
E.O. 11990 and the Clean Water Act;
     The Proposed Action includes all practicable means to 
avoid or minimize harm from the alternative selected (40 CFR 
1505.2(a)(3)); and
     The FAA has given this proposal the independent and 
objective evaluation required by the CEQ (40 CFR 1506.5).
    The determinations included in the ROD are:
     The Proposed Action is reasonably consistent with existing 
plans of public agencies for development of areas surrounding the 
airport (49 U.S.C. 47106(a)(1)), and E.O. 12372;
     Appropriate action, including the adoption of zoning laws, 
has been or will be taken as reasonable to restrict the land use next 
to or near the airport to uses that are compatible with airport 
operations (49 U.S.C. 47107(a)(10)); and
     The interest of the communities in or near where the 
Proposed Action may be located were given fair consideration (49 U.S.C. 
47106(b)(2)).
    This ROD also presents the decision of the NPS, as cooperating 
agency in the Final EIS, to approve a partial conversion of 0.5 acres 
of parklands subject to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act 
in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as well as to approve a Temporary Non-
Conforming Use (TNCU) of 1.2 acres of parkland subject to the LWCF Act.
    A copy of the ROD is available for public review at FAA's website: 
https://www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/records_decision; and the 
LGA Access Improvement Project EIS website: http://www.LGAaccessEIS.com.

    Issued in Jamaica, New York, July 20, 2021.
Patricia Henn,
Manager, Planning and Programming Branch, Airports Division, Eastern 
Region.
[FR Doc. 2021-15704 Filed 7-22-21; 8:45 am]
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