Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision


Link to View the Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project

Federal Transit Administration To Release Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record Of Decision For The Proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in cooperation with the Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority d/b/a Triangle Transit d/b/a GoTriangle (Triangle Transit), has prepared a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Section 4(f) Determination/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) evaluated the environmental, transportation, social, and economic impacts associated with the proposed transportation improvements in the Durham-Orange (D-O) Corridor serving the Town of Chapel Hill and the City of Durham in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, and was issued on August 28, 2015, with the public comment period occurring between August 28, 2015, and October 13, 2015. The primary purpose of the combined FEIS/ROD is to respond to substantive comments received during the public comment period. Responses are in the form of factual corrections, clarifications, and references to sections of the DEIS or DEIS errata where issues raised are addressed. The ROD states the decision of the FTA, identifies the alternatives considered in reaching the decision, and states the means to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts. Mitigation plans, including any enforcement and monitoring commitments are included in the ROD. The Final Section 4(f) Determination is included as appendix A to the combined FEIS/ROD.

The proposed D-O LRT Project consists of a 17-mile light rail project (with 17 stations and a Rail Operations Maintenance Facility, or ROMF) extending from southwest Chapel Hill to eastern Durham that would serve several educational, medical, and other key activity centers which generate a large number of trips each day.

Combined FEIS/ROD, DEIS and DEIS Errata Locations

The FEIS/ROD, DEIS and DEIS Errata are available in the following formats:

Electronically

• D-O LRT Project website at http://ourtransitfuture.com/feis-rod/
• Triangle Transit website at http://gotriangle.org

Hard Copies will be available for review by February 19, 2016 at:

• Triangle Transit’s Administrative Office, 4600 Emperor Blvd., Suite 100, Durham, NC 27703
• Duke University, Perkins Library, 411 Chapel Dr., Durham, NC 27708
• Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701
• Durham County Government Office, 200 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701
• Durham Technical Community College Library, 1637 E. Lawson St., Durham, NC 27703
• North Carolina Central University, James E. Shepherd Memorial Library, 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701
• Orange County Government Services Center, 200 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
• Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517
• University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Davis Library, 208 Raleigh St., Chapel Hill, NC 27517
• All Public Libraries in Durham County:

• Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center, 3200 Dearborn Dr., Durham, NC 27704
• Durham Public Library – East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Ln., Durham, NC 27703
• Durham Public Library – Main Branch, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27701
• Durham Public Library – North Regional Library, 221 Milton Rd., Durham, NC 27712
• Durham Public Library – South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave., Durham, NC 27713
• Durham Public Library – Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707
• Durham Public Library – Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, NC 27707

• All Public Libraries in Orange County:

• Orange County Public Library – Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough, NC 27278
• Orange County Public Library – Carrboro Branch (McDougle Middle School), 900 Old Fayetteville Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
• Town of Chapel Hill Public Library – 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Additional Information

Anyone desiring additional information may contact: Jeffrey Sullivan, Public Involvement Associate, by mail at Triangle Transit, Post Office Box 13787, RTP, NC 27709; by phone at (919) 485-7490; by email at jsullivan@gotriangle.org.

Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender ingles, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al (919) 461-1342.


Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision

Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (February 2016)
[108 pages | PDF | 4.59 MB]

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) responds to substantive comments given during the public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). These responses are factual corrections, clarifications, and references to the DEIS or DEIS errata where comments are addressed.

The FEIS is organized into the sections outlined below:

1 – FAST Act Provisions
1.1 – Use of Errata
1.2 – Combined FEIS ROD
2 – Selection of the NEPA Preferred Alternative
2.1 – Purpose and Need
2.2 – Comparison of Transportation and Environmental Consequences
3 – Public Outreach since the Release of the DEIS
3.1 – Notice of Availability
3.2 – 2015 Public Open Houses
3.3 – 2015 Public Hearings
3.4 – Continuous Engagement
3.5 – Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Communities
4 – DEIS Errata Sheets

The Record of Decision (ROD) states the decision of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), identifies the alternatives considered in reaching the decision, and states the means to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts.

The ROD is organized into sections outlined below:

1 – Introduction
2 – Alternatives Considered
3 – Basis for the Decision
4 – NEPA Preferred Alternative Project Description
5 – Measures to Minimize Harms
6 – Monitoring and Enforcement
7 – Public Outreach and Opportunities to Comment
8 – Determinations and Findings Regarding Other Laws
9 – Conclusion

Appendices

Appendix A: Final Section 4(f) Evaluation

A.0 – Final Section 4(f) Evaluation Title Page
[3 pages | PDF | 919 KB]

A.1.1 – FTA Section 4(f) Determination SHPO
[2 pages | PDF | 181 KB]

A.1.2 – SHPO Section 4(f) Concurrence FTA
[1 page | PDF | 108 KB]

A.1.3 – Final Section 4(f) Evaluation
[84 pages | PDF | 15.2 MB]

A.2 – USACE Section 4(f) Determination
[2 pages | PDF | 66 KB]

A.3 – TTA Section 4(f) Determination Confirmation USACE
[1 page | PDF | 80 KB]

A.4 – TTA Section 4(f) Determination Request UNC
[11 pages | PDF | 973 KB]

A.5 – TTA Section 4(f) Determination Request Durham
[5 pages | PDF | 363 KB]

A.6 – UNC Section 4(f) Concurrence
[11 pages | PDF | 1.85 MB]

A.7 – Durham Section 4(f) Concurrence
[5 pages | PDF | 1.79 MB]

A.8 – Chapel Hill Section 4(f) Consultation
[4 pages | PDF | 1.36 MB]

Appendix B: Section 106 Determination and Memorandum of Agreement

B.0 – Section 106 Determination and Memorandum of Agreement Title Page
[2 pages | PDF | 937 KB]

B.1.1 – Effects Report Historic Resources: Effects Report Transmittal
[1 page | PDF | 43 KB]

B.1.2 – Effects Report Historic Resources: Effects Report Historic Resources
[225 pages | PDF | 31.2 MB]

B.2.1 – Effects Report Correspondence: SHPO Effects Correspondence
[1 page | PDF | 97 KB]

B.2.2 – Effects Report Correspondence: SHPO Effects Correspondence
[3 page | PDF | 64 KB]

B.2.3 – Effects Report Correspondence: FTA Effects Correspondence
[2 pages | PDF | 181 KB]

B.2.4 – Effects Report Correspondence: SHPO Effects Concurrence
[1 page | PDF | 108 KB]

B.3 – Notice of Availability Historic Effects Report
[2 pages | PDF | 136 KB]

B.4.1 – Memorandum of Agreement: Draft Memorandum of Agreement Transmittal
[1 page | PDF | 69 KB]

B.4.2 – Memorandum of Agreement: Signed Memorandum of Agreement
[9 pages | PDF | 422 KB]

B.5 – ACHP Submittal – Electronic Section 106
[94 pages | PDF | 2.17 MB]

B.6 – Section 106 DEIS Comments and Responses
[51 pages | PDF | 430 KB]

Appendix C: Public Outreach Update

C.0 – Public Outreach Update Title Page
[2 pages | PDF | 786 KB]

C.1 – Public Involvement Overview
[14 pages | PDF | 210 KB]

C.2.0 – Announcements: Title Page
[1 page | PDF | 75 KB]

C.2.1 – Announcements: Federal Register Notice of Availability
[2 pages | PDF | 196 KB]

C.2.2 – Announcements: DEIS Legal Notice
[2 pages | PDF | 140 KB]

C.2.3 – Announcements: Public Hearing Paid Ad List
[1 page | PDF | 53 KB]

C.2.4 – Announcements: D-O LRT DEIS Comment Website
[3 pages | PDF | 380 KB]

C.2.5 – Announcements: D-O LRT Hotline During DEIS Comment Period
[1 page | PDF | 107 KB]

C.2.6 – Announcements: Direct Mail Public Hearing Notice
[3 pages | PDF | 147 KB]

C.2.7 – Announcements: Public Hearing Yard Signs
[10 pages | PDF | 2.27 MB]

C.2.8 – Announcements: Web and Social Media Outreach Examples
[109 pages | PDF | 2.77 MB]

C.2.9 – Announcements: D-O LRT Stakeholder Meeting Log
[2 pages | PDF | 94 KB]

C.2.10 – Announcements: Email Newsletter Updates
[9 pages | PDF | 2.10 mB]

C.3.0 – Public Meeting Materials: Title Page
[1 page | PDF | 77 KB]

C.3.1 – Public Meeting Materials: 2015-09-15 Public Meeting Sign-In
[15 pages | PDF | 559 KB]

C.3.2 – Public Meeting Materials: 2015-09-19 Public Meeting Sign-In
[4 pages | PDF | 1.69 MB]

C.4.0 – Public Hearing Materials: Title Page
[1 page | PDF | 77 KB]

C.4.1 – Public Hearing Materials: DEIS Public Hearing Boards
[19 pages | PDF | 13 MB]

C.4.2 – Public Hearing Materials: Public Hearing Ground Rules
[2 pages | PDF | 605 KB]

C.4.3 – Public Hearing Materials: 2015-09-29 Public Hearing Transcript (Addresses Redacted)
[94 pages | PDF | 227 KB]

C.4.4 – Public Hearing Materials: 2015-10-01 Public Hearing Transcript (Addresses Redacted)
[137 pages | PDF | 307 KB]

Appendix D: Response to Agency Comments (Addresses & Email Addresses Redacted)

D.0 – Response to Agency Comments Title Page
[2 pages | PDF | 817 KB]

D.1 – Federal Comment and Response
[12 pages | PDF | 142 KB]

D.2 – State Comment and Response
[22 pages | PDF | 208 KB]

D.3 – Municipal Comment and Response
[13 pages | PDF | 150 KB]

D.4 – Entities with Jurisdiction Comment and Response
[3 pages | PDF | 83 KB]

Appendix E: Common Comment Categories with Responses

E.1 – Common Comment Categories with Responses
[21 pages | PDF | 976 KB]

Appendix F: Response to Substantive Public Comments (Addresses & Email Addresses Redacted)

F.0 – Response to Substantive Public Comments Title Page
[2 pages | PDF | 1.59 MB]

F.1 – Substantive Public Comments and Responses
[559 pages | PDF | 5.46 MB]

Appendix G: Agency Letters Received

G.0 – Agency Letters Received Title Page
[2 pages | PDF | 88 KB]

G.1 – Federal Agencies’ Comments
[14 pages | PDF | 1.28 MB]

G.2 – State Agencies’ Comments
[35 pages | PDF | 1.70 MB]

G.3 – Municipal Agencies’ Comments
[20 pages | PDF | 4 MB]

G.4 – Entities’ with Jurisdiction Comments
[5 pages | PDF | 261 KB]

Appendix H: Copy of All Public Comments (Addresses & Email Addresses Redacted)

H.0 – Public Comments Title Page

H.1 – Civic and Community Organizations

H.1.1 – Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber
[1 page | PDF | 306 KB]

H.1.2 – Durham Area Designers
[14 pages | PDF | 8.2 MB]

H.1.3 – Durham Inter-Neighborhood Council
[9 pages | PDF | 502 KB]

H.1.4 – Regional Transportation Alliance
[5 pages | PDF | 113 KB]

H.1.5 – Southern Environmental Law Center
[21 pages | PDF | 431 KB]

H.1.6 – Durham Coalition for Affordable Housing and Transit (Durham CAHT)
[3 pages | PDF | 113 KB]

H.1.7 – John Avery Boys and Girls Club
[1 page | PDF | 2.71 MB]

H.1.8 – Downtown Durham INC.
[1 page | PDF | 374 KB]

H.1.9 – New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee
[3 pages | PDF | 50 KB]

H.2 – Citizens and Non-Agency Elected Officials

H.2.0 – Surname Anonymous
[66 pages | PDF | 3.37 MB]

H.2.A – Surname A
[36 pages | PDF | 761 KB]

H.2.B – Surname B
[140 pages | PDF | 3.41 MB]

H.2.C – Surname C
[294 pages | PDF | 21.3 MB]

H.2.D – Surname D
[73 pages | PDF | 2.07 MB]

H.2.E – Surname E
[64 pages | PDF | 1.82 MB]

H.2.F – Surname F
[123 pages | PDF | 3.72 MB]

H.2.G – Surname G
[90 pages | PDF | 8.5 MB]

H.2.H – Surname H
[172 pages | PDF | 6.89 MB]

H.2.I – Surname I
[8 pages | PDF | 1.59 MB]

H.2.J – Surname J
[40 pages | PDF | 3.67 MB]

H.2.K – Surname K
[42 pages | PDF | 536 KB]

H.2.L – Surname L
[65 pages | PDF | 1.83 MB]

H.2.M – Surname M
[184 pages | PDF | 16.3 MB]

H.2.N – Surname N
[23 pages | PDF | 996 KB]

H.2.O – Surname O
[10 pages | PDF | 281 KB]

H.2.P – Surname P
[68 pages | PDF | 7.61 MB]

H.2.Q – Surname Q
[2 pages | PDF | 78 KB]

H.2.R – Surname R
[161 pages | PDF | 20.7 MB]

H.2.S – Surname S
[147 pages | PDF | 4 MB]

H.2.T – Surname T
[73 pages | PDF | 1.79 MB]

H.2.U – Surname U
[1 page | PDF | 46 KB]

H.2.V – Surname V
[32 pages | PDF | 457 KB]

H.2.W – Surname W
[127 pages | PDF | 2.75 MB]

H.2.X – Surname X
[1 page | PDF | 47 KB]

H.2.Y – Surname Y
[6 pages | PDF | 103 KB]

H.2.Z – Surname Z
[3 pages | PDF | 109 KB]

H.3 – Form Letters and Petitions

H.3.1 – Culp Arbor Letters and Signatories
[66 pages | PDF | 3.06 MB]

H.3.2 – No Build Petition_Redacted
[256 pages | PDF | 1.76 MB]

H.3.3 – Durham CAN Petition and Signatures
[11 pages | PDF | 893 KB]

H.3.4 – Econonic and Race Equity Petition
[4 pages | PDF | 69 KB]

H.4 – Public Hearing Transcripts

H.4.1 – 2015-10-01 Hearing Transcript_Redacted
[137 pages | PDF | 307 KB]

H.4.2 – 2015-09-29 Hearing Transcript_Redacted
[94 pages | PDF | 227 KB]

Appendix I: Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Please visit ourtransitfuture.com/deis to review the full Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Appendices.


 

All Public Comments Received During the DEIS Comment Period

The following file contains all public comments submitted during the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (August 28, 2015 through October 13, 2015). Personal identifying information has been redacted from the document.

DEIS Public Comments and Responses
[1521 pages | PDF | 13.54 MB]