[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 184 (Thursday, September 23, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58017-58018]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-23733]


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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) 
Colorado Department of Transportation, U.S. 36 Corridor, Boulder, CO; 
(2) Ames Transit Agency, Intermodal Transit Facility, Ames, IA; (3) 
Seldovia Village Tribe, Seldovia Bay Ferry Homer Dock and Pier Project, 
Seldovia, AK; (4) Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Silicon 
Valley Rapid Transit Corridor Project, Santa Clara County, CA; (5) 
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, University 
Corridor Fixed Guideway Transit Project, Houston, TX; (6) Massachusetts 
Bay Transportation Authority, Science Park/West End Station, Boston, 
MA; (7) Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, Saint Paul Union 
Depot, Saint Paul, MN; (8) Florida Department of Transportation, 
Central Florida Commuter Rail Transit, Orlando, FL; and (9) Lehigh and 
Northampton Transportation Authority, Easton Intermodal Transportation 
Center, Easton, PA. 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 March 22, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katie Grasty, Environmental Protection 
Specialist, Office of Planning and Environment, 202-366-9139, 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 for earlier 
decisions on the U.S. 36 Corridor Project or the Central Florida 
Commuter Rail Transit project.
    The projects and actions that are the subject of this notice are:
    1. Project name and location: U.S. 36 Corridor, Boulder, CO. 
Project sponsor:

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Colorado Department of Transportation. Project description: The 
project's purpose is to improve mobility along the U.S. 36 corridor 
from Interstate 25 in Adams County to Foothills Parkway/Table Mesa 
Drive in Boulder. The project includes the reconstruction of U.S. 36 
road surface, one buffer-separated managed lane, bus rapid transit 
(BRT) ramp stations, auxiliary lanes between most interchanges, a 
bikeway the entire length of the project, and alternative 
transportation strategies. Final agency actions: Section 106 Memorandum 
of Agreement dated December 2009; project-level air quality conformity 
determination; Section 4(f) de minimis impact determination; and a ROD 
dated December 2009. Supporting documentation: FEIS U.S. 36 Corridor 
dated October 2009.
    2. Project name and location: Ames Intermodal Transit Facility, 
Ames, IA. Project sponsor: Ames Transit Agency. Project description: 
The project will provide multiple transportation uses on a five-acre 
site, including bus bays, taxi stands, and bike paths. Final agency 
actions: Documented Categorical Exclusion designation; Section 106 
finding of no adverse effect. Supporting documentation: Documented 
Categorical Exclusion dated March 2010.
    3. Project name and location: Seldovia Bay Ferry Homer Dock and 
Pier Project, Seldovia, AK. Project sponsor: Seldovia Village Tribe. 
Project description: The project will retrofit the City of Homer Small 
Boat Harbor docks to provide ADA access and facilitate light-freight 
service for passengers on the Seldovia Bay Ferry vessel. The 
improvements include the construction of a new passenger pier, a 
gangway, and light-freight pier. Final agency actions: Section 106 
finding of no adverse effect; Section 4(f) no use determination; and a 
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed June 2010. Supporting 
documentation: Environmental Assessment dated April 2010.
    4. Project name and location: Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor 
Project, Santa Clara County, CA. Project sponsor: Santa Clara Valley 
Transportation Authority. Project description: The project includes the 
design and construction of a 9.9 mile extension of the Bay Area Rapid 
Transit (BART) system from the Warm Spring station in Fremont to new 
stations in Milipitas and San Jose. Final agency actions: Section 106 
Programmatic Agreement dated March 2010; project-level air quality 
conformity determination; Section 4(f) determination; and a Record of 
Decision dated June 2010. Supporting documentation: FEIS dated April 
2010.
    5. Project name and location: University Corridor Fixed Guideway 
Transit Project, Houston, TX. Project sponsor: Metropolitan Transit 
Authority of Harris County, Texas. Project description: The project is 
an 11.36 mile light rail transit corridor that connects Hillcroft 
Transit Center and the Eastwood Transit Center. 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 Record of Decision dated July 2010. Supporting documentation: 
FEIS dated January 2010.
    6. Project name and location: Science Park/West End Station, 
Boston, MA. Project sponsor: Massachusetts Bay Transportation 
Authority. Project description: The project will renovate the existing 
Science Park/West End Station to comply with ADA. The renovations 
include the construction of two elevator towers and lobbies, an 
elevator connecting bridge, new grade level stairs, new station 
platforms, and rehabilitation of stairway enclosures. Final agency 
actions: Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement; Section 4(f) 
determination; and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed 
July 2010. Supporting documentation: Environmental Assessment dated 
June 2009.
    7. Project name and location: Saint Paul Union Depot, St. Paul, MN. 
Project sponsor: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority. Project 
description: The project is a rehabilitation and reuse of Saint Paul's 
historic Union Depot as a multi-modal transit hub. Union Depot will be 
restored as a passenger transportation terminal by providing services 
for Amtrak, Greyhound, and Jefferson Line buses, Metro buses, taxi 
service, bicycle services, and pedestrian connections. Final agency 
actions: Section 106 Programmatic Agreement; Section 4(f) 
determination; and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed 
April 2010. Supporting documentation: Environmental Assessment dated 
August 2009.
    8. Project name and location: Central Florida Commuter Rail 
Transit, Orlando, FL. Project sponsor: Florida Department of 
Transportation (FDOT). Project description: FDOT is proposing to 
operate a commuter rail project on approximately 61 miles of existing 
freight rail tracks that traverse Orange, Seminole, Volusia, and 
Osceola counties in the greater metropolitan area of Orlando, Florida. 
The project will involve the construction of 17 stations and a new 
vehicle storage and maintenance facility. This action is on the second 
Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and related supporting 
documentation for the Central Florida Commuter Rail Transit (CFCRT) 
project. The revisions made in the second SEA include changes to seven 
stations and a change in vehicle technology. This SEA was performed 
subsequent to the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) issued by 
FTA on April 27, 2007, and first Addendum to the FONSI issued on July 
22, 2008. Final agency actions: Finding of No Significant Impact 
(FONSI) signed September 2010. Supporting documentation: Second 
Supplemental Environmental Assessment dated April 2010.
    9. Project name and location: Easton Intermodal Transportation 
Center, Easton, PA. Project sponsor: The project is a 2.4-acre 
intermodal transportation center. The center will consist of a bus 
transfer center, an elevated parking structure, an at-grade parking 
area, three access points, a three-story commercial building, and a 
park. Final agency actions: Section 106 finding of no adverse effect; 
project-level air quality conformity determination; Section 4(f) no use 
determination; and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed 
September 2010. Supporting documentation: Environmental Assessment 
dated July 2010.

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