ST. PAUL, Minn. – June 7, 2013 -- The Federal Transit Administration and the Metropolitan Council are making available their Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) for the Central Corridor LRT Project (Green Line).
The SFEIS provides an update regarding ongoing construction mitigation programs and includes comments received during the comment period this winter, which included two public hearings on Jan. 10. Those hearings took testimony on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) reviewing construction-related potential impacts on business revenues along the Central Corridor. The SFEIS is the response from the FTA and the Met Council to all of those comments.
The public review period for the document ends 30 days following publication. Later this summer, the FTA is to issue an amended Record of Decision, which will conclude the process of evaluating and mitigating CCLRT business impacts during construction, which is 92 percent complete overall. The line is scheduled to open in mid-2014.
The SFEIS is posted on the Central Corridor LRT Project website. The direct link to the SFEIS page is: http://www.metrocouncil.org/Central-Corridor/SFEIS
Comments on the SFEIS may be directed to:
Assistant Director - Environmental and Agreements
Central Corridor Project Office
540 Fairview Ave. N., Ste. 200
St. Paul, MN 55104
Copies of the SFEIS are also available for review at:
Metropolitan Council library, 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul
Central Corridor Project Office, 540 Fairview Ave. N., Ste. 200, St. Paul
Minnesota Department of Transportation library, Transportation Building, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul
Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N. Dale St., St. Paul
St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul
Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul
Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice St., St. Paul
Hamline-Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul
Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Southeast Library, 1222 4th St. SE, Minneapolis
About the project
The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project (Green Line) will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the state Capitol and the University of Minnesota. Construction began in late 2010 on the 11-mile line, and service will begin in 2014. The line will connect with the Blue Line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at Target Field Station. The Metropolitan Council is the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties, the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board, state of Minnesota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties’ regional railroad authorities, city of St. Paul, Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. The Central Corridor LRT Project website is www.centralcorridor.org