Environmental Documents


 

Draft Environmental Impact Statement
GoTriangle, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), prepared this Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation to evaluate the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project. The DEIS evaluates the environmental, transportation, social, and economic impacts associated with the transportation improvements in the Durham-Orange (D-O) Corridor serving the cities of Chapel Hill and Durham in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. Technical reports referenced in the DEIS are available in Appendix K.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the preparation of a DEIS for projects that involve a federal action, such as funding. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 C.F.R. §§ 1508.7 and 1508.8) define the impacts and effects that must be addressed and considered by federal agencies in satisfying the requirements of the NEPA process, which includes the following direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts:

•   Direct impacts or effects are caused by the action (D-O LRT Project) and occur at the same time and place. Direct impacts are discussed in each section of chapter 4.
•   Indirect impacts or effects are caused by the action and are later in time or farther removed in distance, but are still reasonably foreseeable. Indirect effects may include growth inducing effects and other effects related to induced changes in the pattern of land use, population density or growth rate, and related effects on air, water, and other natural systems, including ecosystems. Indirect effects are discussed in section 4.17.
•   Cumulative impacts are the impacts on the environment which result from the incremental impact of the action when added to other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions regardless of what agency (Federal or non-Federal) or person undertakes such other actions. Cumulative impacts can result from individually minor but collectively significant actions taking place over a period of time. Cumulative impacts are discussed in section 4.17.

Note: The DEIS is a large document that has been divided into several files in PDF format, which you can read using Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader software. It may take several minutes to download the larger chapters, depending on your internet connection speed.


Public Review Period Now Closed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the Notice of Availability for the D-O LRT Project’s DEIS in the Federal Register on Friday August 28, 2015, thus beginning the formal 45-day public review and comment period. The public review and comment period closed at 12:01 a.m. on October 14, 2015.

GoTriangle will held two public information sessions about the DEIS in advance of public hearings, on Tuesday, September 15 and Saturday, September 19More information, including the presentation video are available at: http://ourtransitfuture.com/deis-information-session/. You can view a longer presentation explaining the DEIS on YouTube.

Comments

The D-O LRT Project team encourages all interested and affected persons to continue to submit comments about the project. by

Written comments may be sent:

  • Via U.S. Mail:
    D-O LRT Project – DEIS
    c/o GoTriangle
    Post Office Box 530
    Morrisville, NC 27560

If you submitted comments on the DEIS during the 45-day public comment period, your comments will be included in the combined Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)/Record of Decision (ROD). All substantive comments submitted will receive a response in the FEIS.

Please Note: Personal identifying information, comments, and other information supplied to Triangle Triangle may be subject to public disclosure under the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132.1 et seq.).


Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Title Page, Table of Contents, Abstract

[20 pages | PDF | 55 KB]
The abstract provides a brief summary description of the corridor and proposed project, as well as the alternatives considered. The abstract also describes how the DEIS is organized.

Executive Summary

[32 pages | PDF | 1.86 MB]
The executive summary is a high level document that summarizes the DEIS by answering the following questions:

•   Who is Triangle Transit (GoTriangle)?
•   What is Light Rail Transit (LRT)?
•   Why LRT for the D-O Corridor?
•   What is the D-O LRT Project?
•   Why is the project needed?
•   What alternative were considered for the D-O LRT Project?
•   What is the No-Build Alternative?
•   What is evaluated in the DEIS?
•   What is the NEPA Preferred Alternative?
•   How will the D-O LRT project affect local traffic?
•   How much will the D-O LRT project cost?
•   What are the anticipated environmental impacts of the D-O LRT project?
•   How will the D-O LRT project costs be paid?
•   How has the public been engaged in the project?
•   When are the public workshops?
•   When is the public comment period?
•   How can I comment on the DEIS?

Executive Summary Errata Sheet

[3 pages | PDF | 214 KB]
Errata sheet to correct a date error on page ES-31.

Chapter 1 | Purpose and Need

[24 pages | PDF | 1.25 MB]
This chapter describes the background, purpose, and need for transportation improvements within the D-O Corridor. In order to address the transportation challenge faced by the region, and more specifically, within the D-O Corridor, and to cultivate a more substantial cycle of growth for the future, a high-capacity transportation infrastructure solution is required. This transportation solution must address the needs of the D-O Corridor: enhancing mobility, increasing connectivity through expanding transit options, serving major activity and employment centers, and increasing transit operating efficiency. This solution must also support local land use plans that call for compact development to manage and channel future growth along the transportation corridors that can sustainably support growth, promote economic development, and preserve the region’s high quality of life.

Chapter 2 | Alternatives Considered

[48 pages | PDF | 3.78 MB]
This chapter describes the alternatives considered during the planning process, including the alternatives considered and evaluated in the DEIS. This DEIS considers a No-Build Alternative, a NEPA Preferred Alternative, and several Project Element Alternatives.

The footer of this DEIS document is a representation of the NEPA Preferred and the Project Element Alternatives considered in the document. The color schema presented in the graphic is carried through the figures presented in this DEIS. The blue line represents the NEPA Preferred Alternative. The Little Creek Project Element Alternatives (C1, C1A, and C2) are represented with a red dashed line. The New Hope Creek Project Element Alternatives (NHC LPA and NHC 1) are represented with a green dashed line. In the areas where the alignment alternatives are presented, station locations will differ from the NEPA Preferred Alternative. The orange star represents the NEPA Preferred Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility (ROMF). The grey stars represent the Project Element ROMF Alternatives.

Alternatives for the D-O LRT Project

Chapter 3 | Transportation

[80 pages | PDF | 4.79 MB]
This chapter describes the projected transportation impacts of the No-Build and NEPA Preferred and Project Element Alternatives. The evaluation is based upon projected travel demand, transportation capacity, transportation performance measures, and impacts to the roadway network, parking, freight delivery, and pedestrian and bicycle network. The analysis was developed from travel demand forecasts for the project corridor using the Regional Travel Demand Model and reviewing transportation plans.

Chapter 4 | Affected Environment and Environmental Consequences

[308 pages | PDF | 30.4 MB]
This chapter summarizes the affected environment and environmental consequences within the D-O LRT study areas. This represents both the existing environmental conditions in the study area prior to construction of the NEPA Preferred Alternative and environmental impacts associated with the construction of the NEPA Preferred and Project Element Alternatives.

Note that Section 106 requires consultation with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), federally recognized Native American tribes with an interest in the area, local governments, and other consulting and interested parties. A consultation meeting was held August 14, 2015, to review FTA’s Preliminary Determination of Effects on the undertaking (NEPA Preferred Alternative). Consultation will continue with the consulting parties per Section 106 consultation requirements. The final Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties for Durham-Orange Light Rail Project will be posted separately for public comment. Triangle Transit will provide notification of the availability of this report for review via the project website, local newspapers, and through the project’s email contact list.

Chapter 5 | Environmental Justice

[38 pages | PDF | 2.86 MB]
This chapter assesses the potential impacts to minority and low income populations along the proposed D-O LRT Project alignment. The purpose is to ensure that these populations do not incur disproportionately high and adverse impacts as a result of the proposed D-O LRT Project. This analysis is in accordance with E.O. 12898, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Order 5610.2(a), and FTA Circular 4703.1 (effective date August 15, 2012).

Chapter 6 | Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation

[78 pages | PDF | 12.6 KB]
This chapter analyzes the proposed D-O LRT Project pursuant to Section 4(f) of the of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966, which protects publicly-owned parks, recreation areas, wildlife or waterfowl refuges, or any historic sites of national, state, or local significance. This chapter describes the potential uses of those resources and whether such use is permanent, temporary, or constructive use; if a property is used, the potential impacts are also considered.

Chapter 7 | Project Costs

[8 pages | PDF | 154 KB]
This chapter describes the costs associated with the D-O LRT Project, including both the capital costs and ongoing operations and maintenance costs.

Chapter 8 | Evaluation of Alternatives

[28 pages | PDF | 386 KB]
This chapter presents a summary comparison of the alternatives in the D-O LRT Project DEIS/Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation. The intent of this evaluation is to demonstrate the relative effectiveness of the NEPA Preferred Alternative and Project Element Alternatives compared with the No Build Alternative in meeting the project’s Purpose and Need statement.

Chapter 9 | Public Involvement and Agency Coordination

[51 pages | PDF | 884 KB]
NEPA regulations require that transportation projects provide a transparent, inclusive mechanism for identifying and engaging stakeholders meaningfully, as well as documenting feedback. This chapter documents the dialogue between Triangle Transit (GoTriangle), interested residents, stakeholders, and government agencies regarding issues raised by the proposed D-O LRT Project. It also summarizes public and stakeholder involvement during the Alternatives Analysis, NEPA Scoping, and Project Development phase through the publication of the DEIS.

Appendices

Appendix A – Acronyms and Abbreviations [9 pages | PDF | 2.25 MB]

Appendix B – Glossary of Terms [17 pages | PDF | 752 KB]

Appendix C – List of Preparers [6 pages | PDF | 695 KB]

Appendix D – Distribution List [6 pages | PDF | 684 KB]

Appendix E – Legal and Regulatory Context [19 pages | PDF | 911 KB]

Appendix F – References [9 pages | PDF | 948 KB]

Appendix G – Agency Correspondence [244 pages | PDF | 46.1 MB]

Appendix H – Scoping Report [49 pages | PDF | 4.29 MB]

Appendix I – Environmental Justice [17 pages | PDF | 1.52 MB]

Appendix J – Public Outreach

•   Appendix J1 – 2013 Public Meeting Materials [39 pages | PDF | 6.78 MB]

•   Appendix J2a – 2014 Public Meeting Materials [64 pages | PDF | 7.36 MB]

•   Appendix J2b – 2014 Public Meeting Materials [41 pages | PDF | 14.8 MB]

•   Appendix J3a – 2015 Public Meeting Materials [105 pages | PDF | 11.2 MB]

•   Appendix J3b – 2015 Public Meeting Materials [81 pages | PDF | 15.2 MB]

•   Appendix J4 – Small Group and Property Owner Outreach [47 pages | PDF | 10.0 MB]

•   Appendix J5 – Media Coverage and Website Usage [7 pages | PDF | 845 KB]

•   Appendix J6 – Survey Results [3 pages | PDF | 589 KB]

•   Appendix J7 – Public Comments and Hotline Log [6 pages | PDF | 128 KB]

•   Appendix J8 – Steering, Technical and Communication Advisory Committee [79 pages | PDF | 3.19 MB]

Appendix K – Technical Reports

Appendix L – Basis of Engineering Design Plans

•   Appendix L VOL –1 Basis for Engineering Drawing Plans – February 2015 [48 pages | PDF | 44.2 MB]

•   Appendix L VOL –2 Basis for Engineering Drawing Plans – February 2015 [51 pages | PDF | 43.4 MB]

•   Appendix L VOL –3 Basis for Engineering Drawing Plans – February 2015 [61 pages | PDF | 40.0 MB]

Appendix M – 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan [47 pages | PDF | 7.82 MB]

Appendix N – Section 106 Technical Reports [2 pages | PDF | 664 KB]

•   Appendix N1 – Agency Correspondence [19 pages | PDF | 1.46 MB]

•   Appendix N2 – Tribal Consultation [10 pages | PDF | 1.74 MB]

•   Appendix N3 – Consulting Parties Correspondence [35 pages | PDF | 3.64 MB]

•   Appendix N4 – Early Coordination Meetings [148 pages | PDF | 23.6 MB]

•   Appendix N5 – Roxboro Bridge Wingwall – Vibration Impact Assessment [12 pages | PDF | 4.0 MB]

•   Appendix N6 – Consulting Parties Meeting [54 pages | PDF | 12.0 MB]

 

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Additional Information

For additional information concerning this document, please contact:

Stanley A Mitchell
Environmental Protection Specialist
Federal Transit Administration, Region IV
230 Peachtree Street, NW – Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30303
404.865.5600
Email: stanley.a.mitchell@dot.gov
Natalie Murdock
Interim Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Triangle Transit (GoTriangle)
Post Office Box 530
Morrisville, NC 27560
919.485.7510
Email:  nmurdock@gotriangle.org

Notice to the Public of Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Request for Public Comment

RE: ER 12-0378, Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project, Durham and Orange Counties, North Carolina

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in cooperation with the Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority (dba “Triangle Transit”), is currently in the project development phase for the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project (an “Undertaking,” pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 800.4(a)(1) and 800.16(d)). In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended and 36 C.F.R. 800, the FTA and Triangle Transit herewith advise all interested persons or groups that the proposed project will have No Adverse Effect on historic properties eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (National Register).

The proposed D-O LRT Project is a 17 mile double-track light rail transit LRT line with 17 proposed stations that will greatly expand transit service in Durham and Orange Counties. The D-O LRT Project extends from western terminus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) at the UNC Hospitals Station to the eastern terminus in Durham at the Alston Avenue Station.

Section 106 regulations require that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) identify historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register within the project’s Area of Potential Effects (APE); assess effects to historic properties; avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate any adverse effects; and consult with North Carolina’s State Historic Preservation Officer and other consulting parties throughout the Section 106 process as appropriate.

Twenty-five historic properties listed in or determined eligible for the National Register have been identified within the D-O LRT Project’s APE. These historic properties include buildings, districts, and structures. The effects of the D-O LRT on all historic properties were assessed and are documented in a Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Report, which was prepared in compliance with C.F.R 800.4 and 800.5. FTA and Triangle Transit have determined that the project will have “No Effect” on thirteen properties and “No Adverse Effect” on twelve properties out of the 25 National Register or National Register eligible properties located within the APE. This determination was made in consultation with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office and other consulting parties.

Any person or group wishing to submit comments regarding the No Adverse Effect determination to these historic properties may do so in writing. The public comment period for the review of the Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Report will extend from September 11, 2015 to October 13, 2015. Comments may be mailed or emailed. Emailed comments should be marked “SECTION 106” in the subject line and directed to info@ourtransitfuture.com. Mailed comments should be mailed to SECTION 106/D-O LRT Project c/o Triangle Transit, P.O. Box 530, Morrisville, NC 27560. Letters must be postmarked no later than October 13, 2015.

The Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Report will be available for public inspection and copying at GoTriangle’s Administrative Offices at 4600 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703 or online athttp://ourtransitfuture.com/projects/durham-orange/.

ER 12-0738 State Historic Preservation Office Concurrence of Section 106 Effects Report [1 page | PDF | 97 KB]

Draft Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Report [224 page | PDF | 32 MB]

Click here for maps, previous studies, technical reports, and other project documents.

Final Environmental Impact Statement

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]

North Carolina Central University Station Refinement

Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project.

Overview

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)/Record of Decision (ROD) in February 2016 for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project, which is located in Durham and Orange Counties, North Carolina. In response to comments made on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), in the combined FEIS/ROD, FTA and GoTriangle committed to analyze the feasibility of extending the alignment to North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

FTA determined that a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Supplemental EA) would be required to document any associated impacts. The proposed design refinement would change the location of the eastern terminus in Durham by adding a station near NCCU. The proposed change is referred to as the “NCCU Station Refinement.”

The FTA and GoTriangle prepared a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Supplemental EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) on the NCCU Station Refinement. The Supplemental EA, published on November 7, 2016, concluded that the NCCU Station Refinement would not result in significant adverse social, economic, or environmental impacts. The Supplemental EA also included a preliminary determination in accordance with Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act that the NCCU Station Refinement would not result in any new use of properties protected by Section 4(f).

Comment Period

The Supplemental EA was available for 30-days of public review. Copies of the document were available electronically for public review on the D-O LRT Project website ourtransitfuture.com and on the GoTriangle website at gotriangle.org. Hard copies were available for public review at the Go Triangle administrative office, the North Carolina Central University Shepherd Memorial Library, and the Durham Public Library – main branch. Public comments were accepted in writing until December 7, 2016.

Final Agency Action

On December 14, 2016, the FTA issued an Amended ROD, Final Section 106 Effects Determination, and Final Section 4(f) Determination for the D-O LRT Project NCCU Station Refinement finding that the requirements of the NEPA and Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 have been satisfied.

The amended ROD amends the prior FEIS/ROD issued by the FTA on the D-O LRT Project in February 2016. Decisions and determinations included in the prior ROD remain unaltered, except where the Amended ROD expressly alters them based on the limited environmental review contained in the Supplemental EA. The Amended ROD approves the inclusion of the NCCU Station Refinement in the D-O LRT Project.

This decision is based on the information presented in the November 2016 Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Supplemental EA) and substantive public comments received during the 30-day public review period. FTA found no significant environmental impacts from the NCCU Station Refinement.

The Amended ROD may be found on this webpage below and in the “Library” section. It can also be viewed at GoTriangle’s Administrative Office: 4600 Emperor Boulevard, Suite 100, Durham, NC 27703.

Additional Information

Anyone desiring additional information may contact:

Jeffrey Sullivan, Public Involvement Associate,
GoTriangle,
P.O. Box 13787
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

(919) 485-7490
jsullivan@gotriangle.org

If you would like to review previous environmental documentation, please visit the Library Page or view Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision and Appendices: ourtransitfuture.com/projects/durham-orange/feis-rod/.


Amended Record of Decision for the Proposed D-O LRT Project NCCU Station Refinement

Amended ROD for D-O LRT Project’s Proposed NCCU Station Refinement
[65 pages | PDF | 2.7 MB]

Appendix A – Responses to Agency Comments
[24 pages | PDF | 629 KB]

Appendix B – Responses to Substantive Public Comments
[13 pages | PDF | 268 KB]

Appendix C – Agency Comments
[31 pages | PDF | 13.7 MB]

Appendix D – Public Comments
[29 pages | PDF | 3.8 MB]

Appendix E – Section 106 Determination
[140 pages | PDF | 20.2 MB]

Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the Proposed D-O LRT Project NCCU Station Refinement

Supplemental EA for D-O LRT Project’s Proposed NCCU Station Refinement [98 pages | PDF | 12.6 MB]

Appendix_A – Resources_With_No_Impacts [7 pages | PDF | 124 KB]

Appendix_B-1 – Travel_Demand_Methodology_and_Results [27 pages | PDF | 812 KB]

Appendix_B-2 – Traffic_Simulation_Report [171 pages | PDF | 21.4 MB]

Appendix C – Basis for Engineering Documents [45 pages | PDF | 6.5 MB]

Appendix D – Visual and Aesthetic Conditions [10 pages | PDF | 1.1 MB]

Appendix E – Section 106 Coordination [46 pages | PDF | 7.4 MB]

Appendix F – Natural Resources [7 pages | PDF | 239 KB]

Appendix G – Noise and Vibration [63 pages | PDF | 3.4 MB]

Appendix H – Hazardous Materials [9 pages | PDF | 749 KB]

Appendix I – USACE Jurisdictional Determination [58 pages | PDF | 7.3 MB]

Appendix J – Public Outreach Materials [77 pages | PDF | 16.7 MB]