[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 53 (Friday, March 19, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13335-13336]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-5995]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public 
Transportation Projects

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the 
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the following projects: (1) 
Jacksonville Transit Authority, Rapid Transit System Phase One, 
Jacksonville, FL; (2) Salem-Keizer Transit, Keizer Transit Center 
Project, Salem, OR; (3) Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, 
Installation of Elevators at Park Street Station Project, Boston, MA; 
(4) Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, Expansion of the 14th Street 
Bus Facility, Erie, PA; and (5) Metropolitan Council, Central Corridor 
Light Rail Transit Project--Construction of Three Infill Stations, St. 
Paul, MN. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the 
environmental decisions by FTA on the subject projects and to activate 
the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final 
environmental actions.

DATES: By this notice, FTA is advising the public of final agency 
actions subject to Section 139(l) of Title 23, United States Code 
(U.S.C.). A claim seeking judicial review of the FTA actions announced 
herein for the listed public transportation projects will be barred 
unless the claim is filed on or before September 14, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antoinette Quagliata, Environmental 
Protection Specialist, Office of Planning and Environment, 202-366-
4265, or Christopher Van Wyk, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Chief 
Counsel, 202-366-1733. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., EST, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that FTA has taken 
final agency actions by issuing certain approvals for the public 
transportation projects listed below. The actions on these projects, as 
well as the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in 
the documentation issued in connection with each project to comply with 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and in other documents in 
the FTA administrative record for the project. Interested parties may 
contact either the project sponsor or the relevant FTA Regional Office 
for more information on these projects. Contact information for FTA's 
Regional Offices may be found at http://www.fta.dot.gov.
    This notice applies to all FTA decisions on the listed projects as 
of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such 
actions were taken, including, but not limited to, NEPA [42 U.S.C. 
4321-4375], Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 
1966 [49 U.S.C. 303], Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation 
Act [16 U.S.C. 470f], and the Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q]. 
This notice does not, however, alter or extend the limitation period of 
180 days for challenges of project decisions subject to previous 
notices published in the Federal Register. For example, this notice 
does not extend the limitation on claims announced in the Federal 
Register on September 2, 2009 (74 FR 169) for the original Record of 
Decision (ROD) issued for the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit 
Project.
    The projects and actions that are the subject of this notice are:
    1. Project name and location: Jacksonville Rapid Transit System 
Phase One--Downtown Transit Enhancements, Jacksonville, FL. Project 
sponsor: Jacksonville Transit Authority. Project description: The 
project will construct a Bus Rapid Transit system in Jacksonville, 
Florida. This project is a part of an overall strategy to bring high-
capacity public transit to downtown Jacksonville. The 5.6 mile system 
will include: Restructured bus routes, 2.84 miles of dedicated bus 
lanes, 15 station-stop enhancements, a traffic signal priority system, 
and a real-time traveler information network. Final agency actions: 
Section 106 finding of no adverse effect; project-level air quality 
conformity determination; no use of Section 4(f) properties; and a 
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed February 11, 2010. 
Supporting documentation: Supplemental Environmental Assessment dated 
November 2009 and Environmental Assessment dated September 2008.
    2. Project name and location: Keizer Transit Center Project, Salem, 
OR. Project sponsor: Salem-Keizer Transit. Project description: The 
project will construct a transit hub for the medium-sized community of 
Salem, Oregon, located 40 miles south of Portland. The proposed Keizer 
Transit Center will accommodate transfers between bus routes, have a 
70-space park-and-ride lot, a passenger plaza, a kiss-and-ride lot, a 
transit information kiosk, and bicycle storage units. Final agency 
actions: Section 106 finding of no adverse effect; project-level air 
quality conformity determination; no use of Section 4(f) properties; 
and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed February 4, 2010. 
Supporting documentation: Environmental Assessment dated December 2009.
    3. Project name and location: Installation of Elevators at Park 
Street Station, Boston, MA. Project sponsor: Massachusetts Bay 
Transportation Authority. Project description: The project will 
modernize elevators at the Park Street Station of the Massachusetts Bay 
Transportation Authority. Park Street is an intersection point for both 
the Green and Red subway lines. The station has a unique historic 
heritage, originally built in 1897, as one of America's first street-
level subway systems. The current travel path between the Green and Red 
Lines requires three elevator transfers and an approximate 0.10 mile 
walk. This path is unduly long and can pose a challenge for persons 
with limited mobility or low physical stamina. The purpose of the 
project is to provide a shorter elevator-accessible path between the 
Green Line westbound platform and Red Line center platform. Final 
agency actions: Section 106 finding of no adverse effect; project-level 
air quality conformity determination; Section 4(f) de minimis impact 
determination; and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed 
December 29, 2009. Supporting documentation: Environmental Assessment 
dated August 2009.
    4. Project name and location: Expansion of the 14th Street Bus 
Facility, Erie, PA. Project sponsor: Erie Metropolitan Transit 
Authority. Project description: The project involves the expansion of a 
bus maintenance and storage facility in Erie, Pennsylvania. Located on 
the western coast of Pennsylvania, the city of Erie is 120 miles north 
of Pittsburg. The proposed 9-acre site will house bus maintenance, 
storage, fueling, and washing facilities. Site plans also include 
provisions for additional parking and administrative office space. In 
total, the project will centralize operations from nine under-utilized 
buildings into the new facility. Final agency actions: Section 106 
finding of no adverse effect; project-level air quality conformity

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determination; no use of Section 4(f) properties; and a Finding of No 
Significant Impact (FONSI) signed February 17, 2010. Supporting 
documentation: Environmental Assessment dated December 2009.
    5. Project name and location: Three Infill Stations for the Central 
Corridor Light Rail Transit Project, St. Paul, MN. Project sponsor: 
Metropolitan Council. Project description: The project will construct 
three infill stations on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit 
Project that will connect downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. 
Previously, in August 2009, a Record of Decision was issued by FTA for 
constructing the original 10.9 mile light rail project that included 
only the below-grade infrastructure for the infill stations but did not 
include the above-grade stations. After the ROD was issued, however, a 
decision was made to construct the three above-ground infill stations 
in the Midway East section of the rail corridor. The Midway East 
section contains both residential and commercial properties. Final 
agency actions: Section 106 finding of no adverse effect; project-level 
air quality conformity determination; no use of Section 4(f) 
properties; and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed 
February 26, 2010. Supporting documentation: Environmental Assessment 
dated January 2010.

    Issued on: March 15, 2010.
Susan Borinsky,
Associate Administrator for Planning and Environment, Washington, DC.
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