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Tier 1 EIS

Tier 1 Draft EIS

The Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Draft EIS) for NEC FUTURE assesses the broad impacts of an investment program to improve passenger rail service within the NEC FUTURE Study Area. It evaluates three Action Alternatives for the NEC in comparison with a No Action Alternative, and considers impacts to transportation, the economy, the built environment, and natural resources.

The public comment period for the Tier 1 Draft EIS is now closed. The FRA will consider the comments that have been received during the public comment period from the public, agencies, railroads, and other stakeholders, as well as the analysis presented in the Tier 1 Draft EIS and FRA policy objectives, 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.

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Tier 1 Draft EIS Chapters for Download

  • 8. Construction Effects View as PDF   View as web page
    Presents an overview of the potential construction activities associated with each of the Action Alternatives and related short-term effects associated with those activities
  • 9. Evaluation of Alternatives View as PDF   View as web page
    Compares the No Action and Action Alternatives based on a range of metrics to evaluate how well they perform relative to service, operations, ridership, economic benefits, environmental effects, and other evaluation criteria
  • 10. Phasing and Implementation View as PDF   View as web page
    Describes preliminary phasing plans and associated costs and benefits, as well as implementation opportunities and challenges, for each Action Alternative
  • 11. Agency and Public Involvement View as PDF   View as web page
    Summarizes agency and public involvement activities undertaken as part of the development of this Tier 1 Draft EIS
  • 12. References View as PDF   View as web page
    Lists sources and references for the analysis and documentation presented
  • 13. Glossary View as PDF   View as web page
    Explains terminology and acronyms used throughout this Tier 1 Draft EIS
  • 14. List of Preparers View as PDF   View as web page
    Identifies persons involved in the analysis and development of this Tier 1 Draft EIS
  • 15. Index View as PDF   View as web page
    Guides the reader in finding specific terms within this Tier 1 DIES

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