Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for transportation improvements in the Canal Street Corridor within the City of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Locally Preferred Alternative (the Proposed Action) for transportation improvements consists of the construction of a streetcar rail route in the neutral ground (median) of Canal Street extending from the Riverfront streetcar line to City Park Avenue with a connection along Carrollton and Orleans Avenues to City Park and Delgado Community College. The FTA and RTA will prepare the draft and final EIS in conformance with 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508, Council on Environmental Quality, Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and 49 CFR Part 622, FTA, Environmental Impact and Related Procedures. In addition, in conformance with Federal Transit Laws, as codified at 49 U.S.C. 5301 et seq., and FTA policy, the Draft EIS will be prepared as a follow-on document to the Canal Street Corridor Project, Major Investment Study (March1995) and the Canal Street Corridor Project, Locally Preferred Alternative Report (March 1995). In addition, both the Draft and Final EIS will be prepared in conjunction with Preliminary Engineering for the Canal Street Spine Streetcar Project.