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NEC FUTURE

Tier 1 EIS

Tier 1 Draft EIS

The Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Draft EIS) for NEC FUTURE presents an evaluation of the broad impacts of an investment program to improve passenger rail service within the Study Area. The FRA evaluated three Action Alternatives for NEC improvements in comparison with a No Action Alternative, and considered impacts to transportation, the economy, the built environment, and natural resources. The FRA considered the results of this evaluation, along with public comments received on the Tier 1 Draft EIS and U.S. DOT policy, to identify a preferred investment program (Preferred Alternative).

A brief explanation of each chapter and appendix contained in the Tier 1 Draft EIS is provided below.

View the Highlights Brochure, a brief illustrated summary of the Tier 1 Draft EIS

Tier 1 Draft EIS Chapters for Download

Appendices

  • Appendix A: Mapping Atlas View as PDF
    Presents maps of each Action Alternative from Washington, D.C., through New York City and into Boston in relation to mapped resources
  • Appendix B: Alternatives Documentation View as PDF
    Provides technical reports and memoranda that support the development of the Action Alternatives presented in Chapter 4  select to unroll/roll up appendix B.01-B.09
    • Appendix B.01: No Action Alternative Report View as PDF
    • Appendix B.02: Initial Alternatives Report View as PDF
    • Appendix B.03: Preliminary Alternatives Report View as PDF
    • Appendix B.04: Preliminary Alternatives Evaluation Report View as PDF
    • Appendix B.05: Tier 1 EIS Alternatives Report View as PDF
    • Appendix B.06: Capital Costs Technical Memorandum View as PDF
    • Appendix B.07: Stations Location and Access Analysis Technical Memorandum View as PDF
    • Appendix B.08: Ridership Analysis Technical Memorandum View as PDF
    • Appendix B.09: Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Costs Technical Memorandum View as PDF
  • Appendix C: Transportation View as PDF
    Provides the effects-assessment methodology and technical data that support the transportation analysis presented in Chapter 5
  • Appendix D: Economic Effects View as PDF
    Provides the effects-assessment methodology and technical data that support the economic effects and indirect effects analysis presented in Chapter 6.
  • Appendix E: Environmental Resource Documentation
    Provides detailed documentation that supports Chapter 7. Each resource presented in Chapter 7 has its own corresponding section within Appendix E; each of these sections is organized geographically and by alternative to provide more detailed information at the state and county level. select to unroll/roll up appendix E.01-E.20
    • Appendix E.01: Introduction to Appendix E View as PDF
    • Appendix E.02: Land Cover View as PDF
    • Appendix E.03: Agricultural Lands (Prime Farmlands and Prime Timberlands) View as PDF
    • Appendix E.04: Parklands and Wild and Scenic Rivers View as PDF
    • Appendix E.05: Hydrologic/Water Resources (Coastal Zones and Saltwater Wetlands) View as PDF
    • Appendix E.05: Hydrologic/Water Resources (Floodplains) View as PDF
    • Appendix E.05: Hydrologic/Water Resources (Freshwater Resources) View as PDF
    • Appendix E.05: Waterbody Analysis View as PDF
    • Appendix E.06: Ecological Resources View as PDF
    • Appendix E.07: Geologic Resources View as PDF
    • Appendix E.08: Hazardous Waste and Contaminated Materials View as PDF
    • Appendix E.09: Cultural Resources and Historic Properties View as PDF
    • Appendix E.10: Visual and Aesthetic Resources View as PDF
    • Appendix E.11: Environmental Justice And Demographics View as PDF
    • Appendix E.12: Noise and Vibration View as PDF
    • Appendix E.13: Air Quality View as PDF
    • Appendix E.14: Energy View as PDF
    • Appendix E.15: Climate Change View as PDF
    • Appendix E.16: Section 4(f) and 6(f) Resources View as PDF
    • Appendix E.17: Electromagnetic Fields and Electromagnetic Interference View as PDF
    • Appendix E.18: Safety View as PDF
    • Appendix E.19: Cumulative Effects View as PDF
    • Appendix E.20: Construction Effects View as PDF
  • Appendix F: Agency and Public Involvement View as PDF
    Provides supporting documentation for the agency and public involvement described in Chapter 11
  • Appendix G: Section 106
    Provides documentation relevant to compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and a draft Programmatic Agreement for public review and comment
        Section 106 Documentation View as PDF
        Section 106 Programmatic Agreement View as PDF
  • Appendix H: Preliminary Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluations View as PDF
    Documents the preliminary assessment and evaluation of Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act and Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCF Act) resources that could be affected by the Action Alternatives