[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 11 (Tuesday, January 18, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 2950]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-860]



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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) 
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal (NOUPT)/Loyola Avenue Streetcar 
Project, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA; (2) 
South Corridor: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, Tri-County 
Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Clackamas, and 
Portland, Oregon; and (3) Second Avenue Subway Project, Metropolitan 
Transportation Authority, New York, NY. 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 July 18, 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 Second Avenue Subway project.
    The projects and actions that are the subject of this notice are:
    1. Project name and location: New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal 
(NOUPT)/Loyola Avenue Streetcar Project, New Orleans, LA. Project 
sponsor: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. Project description: 
The NOUPT/Loyola Avenue Streetcar Project is a 0.8-mile alignment 
running between the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal and Canal 
Streetcar line. The alignment will travel mostly in the lanes adjacent 
to the median on Loyola Avenue to connect the Canal Streetcar line at 
Canal Street/North Rampart Street.
    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) dated November 2010.
    Supporting documentation: Environmental Assessment dated August 
2010.
    2. Project name and location: South Corridor: Portland-Milwaukie 
Light Rail Project, Clackamas, and Portland, Oregon. Project sponsor: 
TriMet. Project description: The project is a 7.3-mile light rail 
alignment between downtown Portland and Milwaukie, generally parallel 
to and east of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard, with 10 light rail 
stations. Final agency actions: Section 4(f) determination; project-
level air quality conformity; a Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement; 
and a Record of Decision dated November 2010. Supporting documentation: 
Final Environmental Impact Statement dated October 2010.
    3. Project name and location: Second Avenue Subway, New York, NY. 
Project sponsor: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Project 
description: The Second Avenue Subway project is the phased 
construction of a new 8.5-mile subway line under Second Avenue in 
Manhattan from 125th Street to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan. It 
includes sixteen new stations which will be accessible by persons with 
disabilities. FTA has agreed to funding for the first phase of the 
project which will run between 105th Street and 62nd Street and will 
connect to the existing F line at 63rd Street, so that Phase 1 can be 
operated before the other phases are built. Various changes to Phase 1 
have been evaluated in six technical memorandums. Final agency actions: 
FTA determination that neither a supplemental environmental impact 
statement nor a supplemental environmental assessment is necessary. 
Supporting documentation: Technical Memorandum No.7 assessing the final 
design of a combined station entrance and ancillary facility located at 
the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Second Avenue, dated December 
2010.

    Issued on: January 11, 2011.
Elizabeth S. Riklin,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Planning and Environment Washington, 
DC.
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