Southeast Corridor
Light Rail Transit in Dallas County, Texas
Final Environmental Impact Statement

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF FIGURES (304KB PDF File) vii
LIST OF TABLES (304KB PDF File) xi
FOREWORD (304KB PDF File)
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (1.6MB PDF File) S-1
CHAPTER 1 - PURPOSE AND NEED (1.2MB PDF File) 1-1
1.1 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
1.2 RELEVANT SYSTEM PLANNING ACTIVITIES
1.3 OVERVIEW OF THE STUDY AREA AND CORRIDOR
1.3.1 Transportation System
1.3.2 Demographics
1.3.3 Employment
1.4 THE NEED FOR THE ACTION
1.4.1 Transportation Problems and Needs
1.4.2 Specific Transportation Needs within the Study Area
1.4.3 Accident Data
1.4.4 Purposes of the Proposed Action
1.5 PLANNING CONTEXT
1.5.1 Decision Framework
1.5.2 MIS
1.5.3 Selection of the Build Alternative
1.5.4 Description of Federal Project (New Starts)
1.5.5 Role of the EIS in Project Development
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CHAPTER 2 - ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED (13.6MB PDF File) 2-1
2.1 SCREENING AND SELECTION PROCESS
2.1.1 Conceptual Alternatives Considered During the MIS
2.1.2 The Rationale for Choosing the Locally Preferred Investment Strategy
2.1.3 Outstanding Issues for the LPA
2.2 DESCRIPTION OF THE ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
2.2.1 No-Build Alternative
2.2.2 Build Alternative (LRT)
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CHAPTER 3 - AFFECTED ENVIRONMENT (9.7MB PDF File) 3-1
3.1 LAND USE
3.1.1 Regional Summary
3.1.2 Existing Land Use
3.1.3 Land Use Policies
3.1.4 Schools, Community Facilities and Resources
3.1.5 Major Activity Centers
3.2 SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS AND NEIGHBORHOODS
3.2.1 Demographics
3.2.2 Neighborhoods
3.3 EMPLOYMENT
3.3.1 Major Employers
3.3.2 Employment Trends
3.4 TRANSPORTATION
3.4.1 Transit Infrastructure, Operations and Ridership
3.4.2 Streets and Highways
3.4.3 Railroads
3.4.4 Parking
3.4.5 Movement of Freight
3.4.6 Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
3.4.7 Regional Transportation Improvement Plans
3.5 AIR QUALITY
3.5.1 Study Methodology
3.5.2 Existing Monitored Air Quality Levels
3.5.3 Air Quality Conformity
3.6 NOISE AND VIBRATION
3.6.1 Noise
3.6.2 Vibration
3.7 VISUAL AND AESTHETIC RESOURCES
3.7.1 Overview of the Corridor
3.7.2 Inventory of Visual Resources
3.7.3 Corridor Assessment Unit Descriptions
3.7.4 Corridor Assessment Evaluation Results
3.8 CULTURAL RESOURCES
3.8.1 Regulatory Framework
3.8.2 Historic Structures
3.8.3 Comanche Storytelling Place
3.9 PARKLANDS
3.9.1 Study Corridor and Methodology
3.9.2 Resources
3.10 ECOSYSTEMS
3.10.1 Waters of the U.S
3.10.2 Vegetation
3.10.3 Wildlife
3.11 HYDROLOGY/WATER QUALITY
3.11.1 Surface Water Quality
3.11.2 Groundwater Resources
3.11.3 Floodplains
3.12 GEOLOGY
3.12.1 Geologic Setting
3.12.2 Soil Types
3.13 HAZARDOUS/REGULATED MATERIALS
3.13.1 Methodology
3.13.2 Results of Regulatory Database Search
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CHAPTER 4 - TRANSPORTATION IMPACTS (892KB PDF File) 4-1
4.1 IMPACTS OF TRANSIT SERVICE AND RIDERSHIP
4.1.1 Transit Levels of Service
4.1.2 Transit Ridership
4.2 HIGHWAY AND ROADWAY IMPACTS
4.2.1 Regional Impacts
4.2.2 Local Impacts
4.3 IMPACTS ON MOVEMENT OF FREIGHT
4.3.1 Freight Railroads
4.3.2 Trucking and Deliveries
4.4 IMPACTS ON NON-MOTORIZED CIRCULATION
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CHAPTER 5 - ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES (43.1MB PDF File) 5-1
5.1 LAND USE IMPACTS
5.1.1 Regional Land Use and Development Impacts
5.1.2 Corridor-Level Land Use and Development Impacts
5.1.3 Consistency with Land Use Plans
5.1.4 Neighborhood Integrity
5.1.5 Station Vicinity Impacts on Land Use
5.2 SOCIAL IMPACTS
5.2.1 Title VI and Environmental Justice
5.2.2 Impacts to Children
5.2.3 Public Participation
5.2.4 Conclusion
5.3 ACQUISITIONS AND DISPLACEMENT/RELOCATION IMPACTS
5.3.1 Alignment Impacts
5.3.2 Station Impacts
5.3.3 Construction Staging and Noise Mitigation Impacts
5.3.4 Mitigation Measures
5.4 ECONOMIC IMPACTS
5.4.1 Economic Development Opportunities
5.5 TRANSPORTATION IMPACTS
5.5.1 Transit Impacts
5.5.2 Traffic Impacts
5.5.3 Rail Freight Impacts
5.6 AIR QUALITY IMPACTS
5.7 NOISE AND VIBRATION
5.7.1 Noise Impact Assessment
5.7.2 Noise Impact Mitigation
5.7.3 Ground Vibration Impact Assessment
5.7.4 Ground-Borne Noise Impact Assessment
5.7.5 Ground-Borne Vibration Mitigation
5.8 VISUAL AND AESTHETIC IMPACTS
5.8.1 Mitigation Warrants
5.8.2 Visual Impacts
5.8.3 Visual Intrusion/Privacy
5.9 CULTURAL RESOURCES, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, ARCHAEOLOGICAL PRESERVATION
5.9.1 Application of the Criteria of Adverse Effect
5.9.2 Determination of No Adverse Effect
5.9.3 Determination of Adverse Effect
5.9.4 Archeology
5.9.5 Conclusions
5.9.6 Mitigation Treatments
5.10 PARKLANDS [SECTION 4(f) AND 6(f)]
5.10.1 Impact Types and Assessment
5.10.2 Direct Impacts
5.10.3 Indirect Impacts
5.10.4 Mitigation Treatments
5.11 ECOSYSTEMS
5.11.1 Waters of the U.S. Impacts
5.11.2 Vegetation Impacts
5.11.3 Wildlife Impacts
5.12 HYDROLOGY/WATER QUALITY
5.12.1 Surface Water Quality Impacts
5.12.2 Groundwater Quality Impacts
5.12.3 Floodplain Impacts
5.13 GEOLOGY AND SOILS
5.13.1 Mitigation for Impacts to Geology and Soils
5.14 HAZARDOUS/REGULATED MATERIALS
5.14.1 Impact Assessment
5.14.2 Mitigation Measures
5.14.3 Property Acquisition
5.15 CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS
5.15.1 Access and Circulation of Traffic
5.15.2 Disruption of Businesses and Residences
5.15.3 Mitigation for Disruption of Businesses
5.15.4 Disruption of Utilities
5.15.5 Air Quality Impacts
5.15.6 Construction Noise Impacts
5.15.7 Construction Vibration Impacts
5.15.8 Construction Visual Impacts
5.15.9 Excavations, Fill Material, Debris and Spoil
5.15.10 Mitigation of Excavation, Fill Material, Debris and Spoil
5.15.11 Construction Staging Areas
5.15.12 Mitigation of Construction Staging
5.15.13 Water Quality and Runoff
5.15.14 Mitigation of Water Quality and Runoff
5.16 PERMITS
5.17 SAFETY AND SECURITY
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CHAPTER 6 - COMMENTS AND RESPONSES (599KB PDF File) 6-1
6.1 DEIS AND COMMENT PROCESS
6.1.1 COMMENTS RECEIVED
6.1.2 COMMENTS AND RESPONSES BY SUBJECT AREA
6.2 SECTION 4(f) STATEMENT COMMENTS
6.2.1 COMMENTS RECEIVED
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INDEX (120KB PDF File)
APPENDICES
Appendix A - List of Recipients (41KB PDF File)
Appendix B - List of Preparers (46KB PDF File)
Appendix C - Coordination, Consultation and Public Involvement (2.7MB PDF File)
Appendix D - Draft Preliminary Engineering Plan and Profile Drawings (52MB PDF File)
Appendix E - Section 4(f) Evaluation for Cultural Resources and Parkland (24.3MB PDF File)
Appendix F - Hazardous/Regulated Material Databases (113KB PDF File)
Appendix G - Memorandum of Agreement (2.1MB PDF File)
Appendix H - List of Acronyms and Definitions (72KB PDF File)

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