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Southeast Corridor
Light Rail Transit in Dallas County, Texas
Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Statement


prepared by
US Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration
and
Dallas Area Rapid Transit


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Environmental Impact Statement Table of Contents
The Environmental Impact Statement is divided into Chapters and Appendices.
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Abstract: This Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) describes the transportation and environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of Light Rail Transit (LRT) project to improve transit service in the Southeast Corridor of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) service area. An analysis of a No-Build Alternative is done to provide a baseline comparison for the LRT Alternative. The effects of the No-Build and LRT Alternative are evaluated and compared across a range of subject areas related to both natural and man-made environments. These include transportation systems, land use, neighborhoods, air quality, noise and vibration, ecosystems, water resources, floodplains, historic resources, parklands, regulated materials, and safety and security.

The No-Build Alternative includes the highway and transit facilities in the Southeast Corridor that already exist and assumes no major investments in transportation improvements within the existing corridor beyond those that have already been programmed and funded by the City of Dallas, Dallas County, DART, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), or Federal entities by the year 2025. No-Build improvements are included in the approved Metropolitan Transportation Plan (North Central Texas Council of Governments Mobility 2025 Plan Update, May 2001), Capital Improvement Plans for the City of Dallas, Dallas County, and the 2002 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The LRT Alternative consists of an approximate 10.2 mile extension of LRT service connecting downtown Dallas with the communities of Deep Ellum, Baylor, South Dallas, Fair Park, and Pleasant Grove. Connections to other elements of the DART Transit System Plan are also included in the project. The LRT Alternative will provide a reliable travel time for transit patrons in the Southeast Corridor and provide an alternative to the single occupant vehicle. Additionally, the LRT Alternative would contribute to an improvement in the region's air quality, and would provide dependable access to employment opportunities in the corridor.

Comments: A 45-day public review period was provided for the Draft EIS. During that time, three public hearings were held in the corridor to facilitate public input on the Draft EIS. A summary of the comments received during the review period are presented along with responses in Chapter 6.0 of this Final EIS.

The following persons may be contacted for additional information concerning this document:
FTA Regional Contact
Mr. John Sweek
Federal Transit Administration Region 6
819 Taylor Street
Room 8A36
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Local Agency Contacts
Mr. John Hoppie
Southeast Corridor Project Manager
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
P.O. Box 660163
Dallas, Texas 75266-0163

Ms. Willene Watson
Community Affairs Officer
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
P.O. Box 660163
Dallas, Texas 75266-0163


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