Blue Line Extension

​​Draft Environmental Impact Study


The Draft EIS presents the project’s purpose and need, analysis of the various alternatives and environmental considerations.  Choose a link below to view individual sections of the document as an Adobe PDF. 

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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY (English/Español)

SIGNATURE PAGE


ABSTRACT (6.5mb)

CHAPTER ES.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (1mb)
ES.1 Project Study Area
ES.2 Purpose and Need for Action 
ES.3 Alternatives Considered 
ES.4 Summary of Transportation Impacts 
ES.5 Summary of Environmental Consequences 
ES.6 Mitigation Summary 
ES.7 Financial Analysis and Investment Impacts 
ES.8 Evaluation of Alternatives 
ES.9 Public and Agency Coordination
ES.10 Next Steps 

CHAPTER 1.0 PURPOSE AND NEED (8mb)
1.1 Introduction 
1.2 Corridor Description
1.3 Travel Demand and Transportation Deficiencies 
1.4 Goals and Objectives

CHAPTER 2.0 ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED (65mb)
2.1 Screening, Selection and Refinement Process
2.2 Definition of Alternatives 

CHAPTER 3.0 TRANSPORTATION (4mb)
3.1 Affected Environment
3.2 Environmental Consequences
3.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 4.0 LAND USE, PUBLIC POLICY AND ZONING (11.5mb)
4.1 Affected Environment
4.2 Environmental Consequences
4.3 Mitigation 

CHAPTER 5.0 SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS (0.7mb)
5.1 Affected Environment 
5.2 Environmental Consequences 
5.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 6.0 NEIGHBORHOODS, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE (1.4mb)
6.1 Affected Environment
6.2 Environmental Consequences 
6.3 Mitigation 

CHAPTER 7.0 VISUAL AND AESTHETIC CONSIDERATIONS (102mb)
7.1 Affected Environment 
7.2 Environmental Consequences 
7.3 Mitigation
7.4 Coordination

CHAPTER 8.0 CULTURAL RESOURCES (0.5mb)
8.1 Affected Environment
8.2 Environmental Consequences
8.3 Mitigation
8.4 Consultation

CHAPTER 9.0 PARKLANDS (1.7mb)
9.1 Affected Environment
9.2 Environmental Consequences
9.3 Mitigation 

CHAPTER 10.0 NATURAL RESOURCES (0.2mb)
10.1 Affected Environment 
10.2 Environmental Consequences
10.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 11.0 WATER RESOURCES (8.2mb)
11.1 Affected Environment 
11.2 Environmental Consequences
11.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 12.0 AIR QUALITY (0.2mb)
12.1 Legal and Regulatory Context
12.2 Affected Environment
12.3 Environmental Consequences
12.4 Mitigation

CHAPTER 13.0 NOISE AND VIBRATION (1.8mb)
13.1 Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment Guidelines 
13.2 Affected Environment 
13.3 Environmental Consequences 
13.4 Mitigation

CHAPTER 14.0 ENERGY USE (0.1mb)
14.1 Affected Environment 
14.2 Environmental Consequences – Direct Energy
14.3 Environmental Consequence – Indirect Energy
14.4 Mitigation

CHAPTER 15.0 HAZARDOUS AND CONTAMINATED MATERIALS (0.1mb)
15.1 Affected Environment
15.2 Environmental Consequences
15.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 16.0 SAFETY AND SECURITY (0.1mb)
16.1 Affected Environment
16.2 Environmental Consequences 
16.3 Mitigation

CHAPTER 17.0 ACQUISITIONS AND DISPLACEMENTS (0.4mb)
17.1 Acquisitions and Displacements 
17.2 Mitigation 

CHAPTER 18.0 CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS (.4mb) 
18.1 Construction 
18.2 Construction Education and Outreach Plan 
18.3 Construction Regulations 
18.4 Construction Schedule
18.5 Construction Methods
18.6 Utilities
18.7 Transportation, Traffic and Parking
18.8 Land Use, Community Facilities and Businesses
18.9 Displacements and Relocation of Existing Uses
18.10 Visual and Aesthetic Qualities
18.11 Neighborhoods, Community Services and Environmental Justice 
18.12 Air Quality 
18.13 Noise and Vibration 
18.14 Natural Resources 
18.15 Water Resources 
18.16 Cultural, Historical and Archaeological Resources 
18.17 Parklands 
18.18 Energy 
18.19 Hazardous and Contaminated Materials 
18.20 Safety and Security 
18.21 Mitigation 

CHAPTER 19.0 SECONDARY AND CUMULATIVE EFFECTS (5.5mb)
19.1 Definition of Terms 
19.2 Affected Environment 
19.3 Potential Secondary Effects 
19.4 Potential Cumulative Effects 
19.5 Commitment of Resources 
19.6 Mitigation 

CHAPTER 20.0 FINANCIAL ANALYSIS (0.2mb)
20.1 LYNX BLE Northeast Corridor Light Rail Project Capital Costs 
20.2 Sources of Funds for General Capital Funds
20.3 Sources of Fund for Corridor Capital Projects 
20.4 Capital Investment Program
20.5 Operating Program 
20.6 Financial Projections
20.7 Forecast Risks 

CHAPTER 21.0 EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVES (0.2mb)
21.1 Project Goals and Effectiveness 
21.2 Equity 
21.3 FTA New Starts Criteria and Project Status
21.4 Summary and Significant Trade-Offs 

CHAPTER 22.0 PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AND AGENCY COORDINATION (0.2mb)
22.1 Scoping Process 
22.2 Public Involvement Program
22.3 Project Mailing Lists
22.4 Environmental Justice Outreach 
22.5 Agency Coordination 
22.6 Continued Coordination, Required Permits and Agency Approvals 

APPENDIX A: RESOLUTIONS (6.1mb)
APPENDIX B: AGENCY CORRESPONDENCE (5.9mb)
APPENDIX C: ACQUISITIONS AND EASEMENTS (0.3mb)
APPENDIX D: LIST OF PREPARERS (0.2mb)
APPENDIX E: DISTRIBUTION LIST (0.1mb)
APPENDIX F: GLOSSARY (0.2mb)
APPENDIX G: REFERENCES (0.1mb)
APPENDIX H: LEGAL AND REGULATORY CONTEXTS/METHODOLOGIES (0.7mb)