The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today published the final environmental document on the Southwest LRT Project, marking a major step closer to realization of the $1.79 billion project. This comes after years of public feedback and technical analysis, done in conjunction with project staff from the Metropolitan Council.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) responds to comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Supplemental DEIS, released in 2012 and 2015, respectively. The FEIS shows how the design was advanced to avoid or minimize impacts and identifies mitigation measures for impacts that cannot be avoided or minimized. It further outlines the Council’s commitments to deal with those impacts throughout construction and operation of the Southwest LRT Project.
“Input from the public directly shaped the Southwest LRT Project,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck. “The public raised concerns about noise, visual quality impacts, water resources and safety, among other issues. Project staff has worked with federal, state and local partners to make the appropriate design changes and incorporate them into the project plans. The Southwest LRT Project today is stronger — and enjoys broader support – because of the public’s input.
See details about key adjustments to the project in the full press release
Comment by June 13, 2016
While state law requires a minimum 10-day period for the public to submit comments on the document’s adequacy, the project is providing 31 days. June 13 is the comment deadline.