MassDOT will host Open Houses in Fall River and Taunton on the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/FEIR) for South Coast Rail. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and MassDOT released the combined federal/state document on September 23.
In the document, MassDOT identifies the Stoughton rail alternative as its preferred route for providing the best transportation, environmental and smart growth benefits, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers names the Stoughton alternative as providing the fewest environmental impacts.
As part of the environmental review process, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office (MEPA) will accept public comments on the FEIR until October 25, 2013. MassDOT is sponsoring two Open Houses to provide information about the FEIR, which is a lengthy document. Depending on the status of the Continuing Resolution, the U.S. Army Corps will also participate in the Open Houses. The Open Houses are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Taunton High School Cafeteria, 50 Williams St, Taunton
Thursday, October 17, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, UMASS Dartmouth, 151 Martine Street, Fall River
The FEIS/FEIR is available at local libraries throughout the South Coast region and by request from MassDOT. There is a link to the electronic version of the full report, an Executive Summary, Guide to the FEIS/FEIR and a project fact sheet at www.mass.gov/southcoastrail. Information on the Open Houses and how to comment on the FEIR is also posted on the website.
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