Notice of intent.
The FTA, the FHWA and the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), are issuing this notice to advise the public and all other interested parties that in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), they intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for transportation improvements in the Long Island Transportation Corridor of New York, Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York. The Draft EIS (DEIS) will include a Major Investment Study (MIS) in accordance with 49 CFR part 613 and will be coordinated with other affected agencies. The LIRR will ensure that the EIS also satisfies the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and serves as the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) required by SEQRA. Among the alternatives that the MIS/DEIS will evaluate are the No- Action and Transportation System Management (TSM) alternatives, reasonable highway alternatives and extensions of the existing LIRR transit network to a new East-Midtown Manhattan rail terminal. Any new alternatives generated through the scoping process in addition to the study goals, evaluation criteria and other relevant issues and comments will also be considered. Scoping will be accomplished through correspondence with interested persons, organizations, and federal, state and local agencies, and through three public meetings.