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Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Maryland Mass Transit Administration (MTA), in cooperation with Prince George's County and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Metrorail Extension from the Addison Road Metrorail Station to Largo Town Center in Prince George's County, Maryland. The EIS, which will be performed concurrently with Preliminary Engineering (PE), is being prepared in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Maryland Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), and relevant local regulations and ordinances of Prince George's County. Other key supporting agencies include the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The EIS will evaluate transportation improvements in the corridor between the Addison Road Metrorail Station and Largo Town Center in Prince George's County. Transportation alternatives proposed for consideration in the project area include: (1) The No-Build option, under which the existing and programmed bus, rail, and roadway improvements in the study area would be assumed to be implemented; (2) a Transportation Systems Management (TSM) alternative which consists of increased coverage of the bus service network; and (3) the Metrorail Extension from the Addison Road Metrorail Station to Largo Town Center, a three mile (4.8 kilometer), two station addition to the region's rail transit system. Options to mitigate adverse impacts and to support local land use will be considered. Scoping Process--The Scoping Meeting will be held on: Wednesday, March 27, 1996, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Thomas G. Pullen Arts Magnet School, 700 Brightseat Road, Landover, Maryland. A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired. A TDD number is also available: (410) 539-3497. The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. The purpose of the Public Scoping Meeting is to provide interested individuals with an introduction to and an overview of the EIS and PE processes, and to offer the opportunity for comments on the significant issues and impacts to be addressed in the EIS. Comments may be submitted orally or in writing at the Scoping Meeting or mailed to Mr. Harvey Flechner, Project Manager, Maryland Mass Transit Administration, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202-1614 during the Scoping comment period which ends Monday, April 15, 1996. The MTA will address comments received during the Scoping period during the preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The Scoping Meeting will begin with an ``open house'' where attendees will be able to view graphics and discuss the project with project representatives. A presentation on the project will be given at 7:30 p.m., followed by additional opportunity for questions and answers. Scoping materials will be available at the meeting or in advance of the meeting by contacting Mr. Harvey Flechner at (410) 767- 3786 or the Deputy Project Manager, Mr. Andy Smith at (410) 767-3597.

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