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2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation

Environmental Impact Statement for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project

Portland, Oregon

Project Sponsors: Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon and Metro

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project will travel 7.3 miles, connecting Portland State University in downtown Portland, inner Southeast Portland, Milwaukie and north Clackamas County. MAX service on the alignment is scheduled to begin in 2015. By 2030, when this future light rail line will carry up to 27,400 daily rides, there will be approximately 22,000 households and 85,000 employees within walking distance of Portland-Milwaukie light rail stations.

FTA's environmental document reviewers commended the document for its:

  • plain language and clear writing;
  • use of easy to understand graphics;
  • inclusion of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions in the environmental analysis; and
  • comprehensive public involvement approach, with a detailed project website and webcams that clearly illustrate the project partners’ effort in bringing together agencies and the public.

Please refer to: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project Final Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Assessment for the Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar Project

Dallas, Texas

Project Sponsors: North Texas Council of Governments, City of Dallas, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit

The project will provide streetcar service along a 1.6-mile, single at-grade, dedicated streetcar track that extends from near Union Station in downtown Dallas to the Colorado Boulevard and Beckley Avenue intersection in Oak Cliff. The streetcar track would be contained within existing roadway right-of-way along Houston Street, crossing the Trinity River via the Houston Street Viaduct, then transitioning to Zang Boulevard, and finally turning west on Colorado Boulevard before terminating at the Beckley Avenue Intersection.

FTA's environmental document reviewers commended the document for its:

  • concise focus on impacts of significance,
  • plain language and clear writing, and
  • easy to follow question and answer format.

Please refer to: Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar, Dallas, Texas Environmental Assessment, July 2011 (PDF)

Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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