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Northwest Corridor
LRT Line to Farmers Branch and Carrollton
Final Environmental Impact Statement

US Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration
Dallas Area Rapid Transit

in cooperation with
Federal Aviation Administration

October 2003

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Environmental Impact Statement Table of Contents
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Cover Sheet and Abstract (70KB PDF File)
Abstract: This Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) describes the transportation and environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Northwest Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line to Farmers Branch and Carrollton in Dallas and Denton Counties, Texas. A No-Build Alternative is defined and analyzed to provide the base against which the Selected LRT Alternative can be compared. The Final EIS details the alignment concepts, their capital and operating costs, and considers the potential effects on a broad range of environmental and transportation categories including: transportation service, traffic, transit ridership, accessibility, land use, air quality, noise, vibration, visual and aesthetics, ecosystems, hazardous materials, water resources, cultural resources, historic resources, parklands, safety and security, and neighborhoods.

The proposed undertaking consists of a 17.6-mile light rail transit project from downtown Dallas to Farmers Branch and Carrollton. The project will provide connections to major activity centers, employment centers, community resources, and other regional transit services provided by DART. The Selected LRT Alternative would increase mobility in the congested corridor, and provide an alternative to the single occupant vehicle. Additionally, the Selected LRT Alternative would provide dependable service to employment opportunities and increase investment within the corridor.

Comments: The Draft EIS was made available to the public for a 45-day review and comment period from June 14, 2002 to July 30, 2002. Public hearings were conducted during the review and comment period on July 11 in Dallas, July 15 in Farmers Branch, and July 16 in Carrollton. Following the Draft EIS public comment period, the DART Board of Directors selected the preferred site for the Northwest Rail Operating Facility and the preferred alignments in the Love Field and Medical Center areas.

In early 2003, subsequent coordination in the Medical Center area resulted in alignment and station changes that were not addressed in the DEIS or at the July public hearings. A public hearing was held on April 10, 2003 to obtain comments on the proposed changes. The DART Board subsequently approved those changes on May 13, 2003.

This Final EIS reflects the key decisions referenced above and 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.

The following persons may be contacted for additional information concerning this document:
FTA Regional Contact
Mr. John Sweek
Community Planner
Federal Transit Administration Region 6
819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Local Agency Contact
Ms. Kay Shelton
Project Manager
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
P.O. Box 660163
Dallas, Texas 75266-0163

Comments on the Final EIS document may be submitted in writing to Mr. Sweek or Ms. Shelton at the above addresses. Additional information on the proposed project may be obtained by contacting Ms. Rosa Cavazos-Rosteet, DART Community Affairs Officer, at (214) 749-2522.

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