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Northwest Corridor
LRT Line to Irving/DFW Airport
Final Environmental Impact Statement

Prepared by
U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
Federal Transit Administration (FTA), lead agency
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as cooperating agency

July 2008

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Final Environmental Impact Statement Table of Contents
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Cover Sheet and Abstract (107KB PDF File)
Abstract: This Final Environmental Impact Statement describes the transportation and environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Northwest Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line to Irving and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFWIA) in Dallas County, Texas. A No-Build Alternative is defined and analyzed to provide the base against which the Build (LRT) Alternative can be compared. The potential impacts of the Build and No-Build Alternatives are identified in a broad range of environmental categories including: land use, transportation, air quality, noise, vibration, visual and aesthetic, ecosystems, hazardous materials, cultural resources, archeological resources, historic resources, parklands, safety and security, and neighborhoods.

The proposed undertaking consists of a 9.3-mile light rail transit project from its junction with the DART LRT Line to Farmers Branch and Carrollton in Dallas, to near Belt Line Road and Valley View Lane in Irving. The project will provide connections to major activity centers, employment centers, community resources, and other regional transit services provided by DART. The proposed action (Build Alternative) would increase mobility in the congested corridor, and provide an alternative to the single occupant vehicle. Additionally, the proposed action (Build Alternative) would provide dependable service to employment opportunities and increase investment within the corridor.

This Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Northwest Corridor LRT Line to Irving/DFW has been prepared in accordance with regulations developed by the Council on Environmental Quality for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA), as well as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 1050.1E, CHG 1, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, and FAA Order 5050.4B, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions.

The Draft EIS was circulated for a required 45-day review and public comment period, beginning January 25, 2008 and concluding March 11, 2008. During this comment period, the Draft EIS was made available to interested parties including private citizens, community groups, the business community, elected officials and public agencies. A public hearing was held within the Study Area on February 28, 2008, to formally receive comments. Public comments were also submitted in writing throughout the full comment period.

On April 8, 2008, the DART Board of Directors approved a resolution that identified the Build Alternative as the preferred alternative for the Final EIS. The proposed action, referred to throughout this Final EIS as the LRT Alternative, is a 9.3-mile light rail transit project.

This Final EIS includes revisions to the Draft EIS, a summary of the comments and recommendations received on the Draft EIS and subsequent project changes, a list of persons, organizations, and agencies commenting on the Draft EIS and subsequent project changes, and responses to substantive comments raised in the review and consultation process. Changes to the text of the Draft EIS are indicated in the Final EIS by a vertical line in the margin.

For further information concerning this document, contact the following individuals:

FTA: Lead Agency
Regional Contact
Ms. Laura Wallace
Community Planner
Federal Transit Administration
Region 6
819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
FAA: Cooperating Agency
Regional Contact
Mr. Kelvin L. Solco
Manager, Southwest Region
Airports Division
Federal Aviation Administration
2601 Meacham Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76137-4298
DART: Local Agency
Agency Contact
Mr. John Hoppie
Project Manager
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
P.O. Box 660163
Dallas, TX 75266-0163

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