Environmental Considerations

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is the report of a study required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) whenever major new transportation projects are proposed. An environmental study also may be required by the federal government for major projects that use federal funds. Basic engineering is performed at this time to allow more complete environmental analysis of the corridor.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents the anticipated impacts the proposed TEXRail project may have on the nearby natural, cultural, and social environments. The EIS identified impacts and proposed measures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the impacts. Impacts that affect the following conditions were investigated:

  • Parklands
  • Visual/Aesthetic
  • Social/Economic
  • Cultural, Historical, Paleontological
  • Soils
  • Land Use
  • Air Quality
  • Water Quality

  • Water Quality
  • Floodplains/Hydrology
  • Biological/Theatened and Endangered species
  • Wetlands
  • Agriculture/Farmland
  • Energy
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Utilities
  • Traffic

  • Transit/Transportation
  • Safety/Security
  • Rights-Of-Way/Property
  • Cumulative Effects
  • Community Facilities
  • Environmental Justice
  • Construction
  • Noise/Vibration

Environmental
Impact Statement

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Who is Involved?

The Public
You are welcome to participate in public meetings, comment opportunities and all other public involvement events related to TEXRail.

Advisory Committees
This project has two advisory committees, the Community Resource Council and the Technical Advisory Committee, drawn from a wide variety of stakeholder constituencies.

The Project Team
TEXRail is a project of The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA). The project team comprises management and staff from FWTA and professionals hired by FWTA specifically for this project, such as architects, engineers, planners, and related consultants.

Other Audiences
Additional audiences with interests in the project may receive presentations.

The Record Of Decision (ROD) signals federal approval of TEXRail’s Environmental Impact Statement and authorizes FWTA to contract for and begin the design of the project under the New Starts process.

The ROD also allows FWTA to begin the acquisition of property necessary for stations and other project needs.

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Federal Aviation Administration made available for public review the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for TEXRail May 19 through June 20, 2014

The FEIS includes the changes to the project since completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), and subsequent Environmental Assessment (EA). The FEIS presents the final evaluation of the social, economic and environmental impacts of the TEXRail project, including an evaluation of floodplain encroachment at DFW Airport.

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