The NEC FUTURE program was initiated in February 2012, with completion anticipated in 2017. During 2012, key tasks included stakeholder and public outreach, data collection and analysis, a scoping process in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, and development of initial alternatives.
In 2013, principal activities included Preliminary Alternatives development, existing conditions analysis of the NEC FUTURE Study Area, and ongoing public outreach and agency coordination. In 2014, the Preliminary Alternatives were evaluated to determine a smaller set of alternatives for analysis in the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
In 2015, the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared and released for public comment. The Tier 1 Final EIS (Final EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) is expected to be completed in 2016, followed by the Service Development Plan in 2017.