Photo courtesy of WRY Tenant LLC.
Scoping Summary Report Now Available
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), as the lead federal agency, is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Western Rail Yard Infrastructure project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and other environmental laws. WRY Tenant LLC and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) are partnering in a joint venture to seek Federal financial assistance through the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program for the construction of a Platform and Tunnel Encasement in the Western Rail Yard. The Platform will support an Overbuild that has been adopted into the New York City Zoning Resolution for redevelopment of the Western Rail Yard parcel, which is located between West 30th and West 33rd Streets and Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues in Manhattan.
In the EIS, the FRA will evaluate a proposed action that comprises construction of a Platform and Tunnel Encasement. The purpose of the proposed action is to allow for construction of a platform (1) to cover the active railroad tracks in the Western Rail Yard so that the joint venture can provide additional new capacity for real estate development and house critical life safety and mechanical, electrical and plumbing support services for the Yard, and (2) preserve a right-of-way through the Western Rail Yard to support the future construction of a trans-Hudson passenger rail crossing into New York Penn Station.
The proposed project is subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Review project presentation here
Revise la presentación del proyecto en español aquí
FRA has prepared a scoping document with information on project background, the proposed action and the NEPA review. The scoping document is an opportunity to learn more about the Proposed Action and is available for review here. FRA accepted comments on the scoping document during a public comment period from July 1 through July 31, 2020. Comments submitted during the public scoping period can be viewed at Regulations.gov Docket No. FRA-2020-0039.
Environmental Protection Specialist
Office of Railroad Policy and Development
USDOT Federal Railroad Administration