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Supplemental EIS on the Regional Transit Long-Range Plan. Sound Transit. Connecting the region. Sounder commuter trains ST Express buses Light rail Transit centers, park-and-rides. The environmental process & SEPA. SEPA governs agency decision-making

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Sound Transit

Connecting the region

  • Sounder commuter trains
  • ST Express buses
  • Light rail
  • Transit centers, park-and-rides
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The environmental process & SEPA

  • SEPA governs agency decision-making
  • SEPA informs projects and non-project actions/decisions
  • SEPA supports and informs Board’s adoption of Long-Range Plan and ST 2 Plan
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Plan-level Environmental Review

  • Broad coverage and analysis
  • “Programmatic”
  • Part of “phased review” under SEPA
  • Followed by project-level review
  • Examples of plan vs. project-level analysis
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SEIS Builds on 1993 EIS for Regional Transit System Plan

  • 1993 EIS studied broad range of alternatives and technologies
  • Rail/TSM alternative led to Sound Move and Long-Range Vision
  • Much of 1993 EIS still relevant
  • SEIS updates previous analysis
  • Focused range of alternatives for SEIS

Supplemental EIS and

Previous Environmental Documentation

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What’s covered in Supplemental EIS

  • Long-Range Plan alternative— largely the 1996 Vision
  • Options
  • No Action alternative is baseline
  • Updated land use and employment data (2030)
  • Updated transportation analysis (2030)
  • Updated environmental conditions
  • Updated environmental regulations
  • Incorporates extensive project-level documentation
  • SEIS intended to inform ST Board decision-making
  • for Long-Range Plan Adoption as well as ST 2 Plan
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2005

  • Jan: open houses/public hearings
  • Feb: DSEIS comment response
  • April: Draft Long-Range Plan (tentative)
  • May: Public comment
  • May/June: Final SEIS
  • June: ST Board adopts Long-Range Plan
  • 2006
  • Feb: Board Identifies Draft ST2 Plan (tentative)
  • Feb-May: Public Comment
  • May: Board adopts ST2 Plan
  • Fall: Earliest possible vote for ST 2

Planning

Process

Overview

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NEPA Approach for Long-Range Plan

and Phase 2 (ST 2)

  • FTA coordination, no NEPA review required now
  • Project-level NEPA if federal decisions or project funding
  • Environmental Justice analysis included
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SEIS Key Results

  • Reduced air emissions
  • Saves over 36,000 gallons of gasoline a day
  • Transit ridership increase 151% by 2030
  • Faster transit travel times
  • Improved peak-hour congestion
  • Greater access for low-income and minorities
  • Reduced urban sprawl
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Adverse Built and Natural Environment Impacts

  • Traffic, noise, visual, and other impacts during construction
  • Some impacts to natural resources
  • Disruptions and displacements of residences and businesses
  • Mitigation measures would help reduce impacts
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Comments on Draft SEIS

  • Agencies: Generally supportive
  • Jurisdictions: Specific projects for their area
  • Public: Support for various technologies
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Draft SEIS comment period closed

  • Final SEIS preparation begins
  • Detailed responses to Draft SEIS comments
  • Final SEIS issued Spring 2005
  • ST Board adopts Long-Range Plan

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