The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region 3 Office would like to notify you about an upcoming webinar opportunity related to the Section 106 Program Comment for Rail Properties within Rail Rights-of-Way (ROW). This webinar focuses on how a project sponsor could use the optional Property-Based Approach Guidance to prepare a submission to FTA for review. This webinar is intended for Region 3 transit operators that have rail service and operate within rail transit ROW. Details of the webinar are included below.
Section 106 Program Comment to Exempt Consideration of Effects
to Rail Properties Within Rail Rights-of-Way
Property-Based Approach Guidance Overview
Thursday, December 12, 2019
1:30-3:00 PM ET
Join the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a webinar on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) recently released guidance for implementing the property-based approach of the Section 106 Program Comment to Exempt Consideration of Effects to Rail Properties Within Rail Rights-of-Way. USDOT, in coordination with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), developed the Program Comment to provide federal agencies a way to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of reviews under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for transportation-related projects located in railroad and rail transit rights-of-way (rail ROW).
The Program Comment, approved by ACHP in August 2018, established two methods to streamline the review process: an activities-based approach and a property-based approach. Recordings of FRA and FTA webinars on the activities-based approach are available on FRA’s Training & Guidance page and FTA’s Rail ROW Program Comment page.
This webinar on the property-based approach will help potential project sponsors of future federally assisted transportation-related projects understand how to identify rail properties that are exempt from Section 106 as well as how to identify and evaluate historic rail properties that remain subject to Section 106 and, therefore, are “excluded” from the exemption that the Program Comment provides.
If you have questions about this upcoming webinar, please contact Sharyn LaCombe at Sharyn.LaCombe@dot.gov.