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Western Rail Yard Platform south of site looking east
Photo courtesy of AKRF

Public Review of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) (Completed)

FRA prepared a Draft EIS and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation, which incorporates comments received during scoping, as appropriate, and provides detailed technical analyses related to potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of the Preferred Alternative. FRA solicited public comments on this Draft EIS through the end of the comment period, which was open for 45 days and ended on July 26, 2021.

The Draft EIS and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation is available on this website (CLICK HERE) or go to the Library page, and on the Federal Docket system (, Docket No. FRA-2020-0039-0023). CLICK HERE

The Draft EIS virtual Public Hearing took place on June 30, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Watch the recording of the virtual Public Hearing below:

Public Scoping Period (Completed)

FRA conducted a virtual scoping process from July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020 to receive public input on the items bulleted below. As the project is subject to Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act, FRA invited comments concerning potential effects of the project on historic and cultural resources during the scoping period. Individuals and organizations were also able to request to participate as a Consulting Party for this undertaking during this scoping period.

  • The Purpose and Need for the project
  • EIS Alternatives to be examined
  • Environmental considerations
  • EIS Analysis methodologies
  • Public involvement and agency coordination process
  • Section 106 considerations

Comments submitted during the public scoping period can be viewed at Docket No. FRA-2020-0039-0023.