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1364 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No.

7 / Thursday, January 11, 2007 / Notices

National Environmental Policy Act the Government Printing Office’s be directed to the FHWA, ITD or CIP at
(NEPA) of 1969, regulations of the Electronic Bulletin Board Service at the addresses listed previously.
Council on Environmental Quality (40 (202) 512–1661. Internet users may It is anticipated that a draft EIS will
CFR parts 1500–1508, and FHWA reach the Office of the Federal be available in the Fall of 2009.
regulations, guidance and policy. Register’s home page at: http://www/ (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Anticipated Federal approvals/actions nara.gov/fedreg and the Government Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning
needed for this project to be constructed Printing Office’s database at: http:// and Construction. The regulations
include permits for Sections 401 and www.access.gpo.gov.nara. implementing Executive Order 12372
404 of the Clean Water Act (U.S. Army regarding intergovernmental consultation on
Background Federal programs and activities apply to this
Corps of Engineers), issuance of a
Biological Opinion by the U.S. Fish and The FHWA in cooperation with the proposed Action.)
Wildlife Service through consultation as Idaho Department of Transportation Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315; 23 CFR 771.123;
required by Section 7 of the Endangered (ITD), and Connecting Idaho Partners 49 CFR 1.48.
Species Act, and compliance with (CIP) will prepare an EIS to identify an Issued on: January 7, 2007.
Section 106 of the National Historic alignment for the extension of State Stephen Moreno,
Preservation Act. Highway 16 (SH 16) from SH 44 (State
Idaho Division Administrator, FHWA.
Cooperating Agencies: There are no Street) to Interstate 84 (I–84) in Ada
cooperating agencies yet identified for [FR Doc. 07–64 Filed 1–10–07; 8:45 am]
County, Idaho. This extension includes
this project. BILLING CODE 4910–RY–M
a new bridge across the Boise River.
DATES: Comments on the scope of the Notice is hereby given that the public
EIS for the proposed project should be scoping process has been initiated to
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
received no later than January 31, 2007. prepare an EIS that will address the
Comments and questions should be impacts of and alternatives to the Federal Transit Administration
directed to the address listed below. proposal. The purpose of the scoping
Public comments are welcome anytime process is to solicit public comment Preparation of a Programmatic
during the NEPA process and should be regarding the full spectrum of issues Environmental Impact Statement on
directed to the address listed below. and concerns, including a suitable range the Jacksonville, Florida Rapid Transit
Additional formal opportunities for of alternatives, and the nature and System
public participation after the Public extent of potential environmental
Scoping are tentatively scheduled as impacts and appropriate mitigation AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration,
follows: measures that should be addressed in Department of Transportation.
Review and comment of Draft EIS the EIS process. The EIS will examine ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a
(including a public hearing): Fall of the short and long-term impacts of a programmatic environmental impact
2009. reasonable range of alternatives, statement.
Review of Final EIS: Fall 2010. including the no action alternative, on
Notices of availability for the Draft the natural, physical, and human SUMMARY: The Federal Transit
EIS, Final EIS and Record of Decision environments. The impacts assessment Administration, in cooperation with
will be provided through direct mail, will include, but not be limited to, Jacksonville (Florida) Transportation
the Federal Register and other media. impacts on wetlands, wildlife, and Authority, is planning to prepare a
Notification also will be sent to Federal, fisheries; social environment; changes programmatic environmental impact
State, local agencies, persons, and in land use; aesthetics; changes in statement for the proposed expansion of
organizations that submit comments or traffic; and economic impacts. and improvements to the Jacksonville
questions. Precise schedules and Environmental Justice (as outlined in Rapid Transit System, a busway serving
locations for public meetings will be Executive Order 12898) will also be the greater Jacksonville area. The
announced in the local news media. addressed as part of the impact programmatic environmental impact
Interested individuals and organizations assessment. The EIS will also examine statement will be prepared in
may request to be included on the measures to mitigate adverse impacts accordance with regulations
mailing list for the distribution of resulting from the proposed action. implementing the National
meeting announcements and associated Comments are being solicited from Environmental Policy Act, as
information. Federal, State, and local agencies and supplemented by the joint Federal
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ed from private organizations and citizens Transit Administration—Federal
Johnson, Field Operations Engineer; who have interest in this proposal. Highway Administration National
Federal Highway Administration, 3050 Public information meetings will be Environmental Policy Act procedures.
Lake Harbor Lane, Suite 126, Boise, held in the project area to discuss the The purpose of this notice of intent is
Idaho, 83703, Telephone: (208) 334– potential alignments. The draft EIS will to alert interested parties regarding the
9180; or Gwen Smith, GARVEE Public be available for public and agency plan to prepare the programmatic
Involvement Coordinator, Idaho review, and a public hearing will be environmental impact statement, to
Transportation Department, P.O. Box held to receive comments. Public notice provide information on the nature of the
7129, Boise, Idaho 83707–1129, will be given of the time and place of proposed transit program, to invite
Telephone: (208) 334–4444; or Steve all meetings and hearings. public participation in the impact
Alters, CIP, 720 Park Blvd, Boise, Idaho, Comments and/or suggestions from all statement process, including comments
83729, Telephone: (208) 386–5004. interested parties are requested, to on this notice, and to announce that
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ensure that the purpose and need for the public scoping meetings will be
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
project, the full range of all issues, and conducted.
Electronic Access significant environmental issues in DATES: Written comments on this notice,
An electronic copy of this document particular, are identified and reviewed. including the scope of study and
may be downloaded using a modem and Comments or questions concerning this impacts to be considered, should be sent
suitable communications software from proposed action and/or its EIS should to Ms. Suraya Teeple, Senior

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Transportation Planner, by February 1, found on the Jacksonville under consideration is a no-build


2007. Transportation Authority Web site at alternative. The no-build alternative
ADDRESSES: Written comments on this http://www.jtafla.org. The proposed serves as the baseline against which
notice should be sent to Ms. Suraya program is consistent with the approved environmental effects of other
Teeple, Senior Transportation Planner, Long Range Transportation Plan of the alternatives, including the proposed
Jacksonville Transportation Authority, First Coast Metropolitan Planning program, may be measured.
Post Office Drawer O, Jacksonville, Organization. The objective of this
programmatic—also known as Tier 1— The Programmatic Environmental
Florida 32202.
Public scoping meetings will be held impact statement process is to settle on Impact Statement Process and the Role
at the following dates, times, and alignments within system corridors to of the Public: The purpose of the
locations. enable right-of-way acquisition to programmatic impact statement process
Monday, January 29, 2007, from 4:30– proceed, thereby avoiding additional is to explore in a public setting
7:30 p.m. Northwest Library, 1755 delays that would serve to increase the potentially significant effects of
Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, overall cost of the program. implementing the proposed program,
Florida 32208. Purposes of and Need for the particularly as it relates to alignment
Tuesday, January 30, 2007, from 4:30– Proposed Program: Recent studies of the options within the system, on the
7:30 p.m. FCCJ Deerwood Center, corridors to be served by the proposed physical, human, and natural
9911 Old Baymeadows Road, program revealed the need for environment. Areas of investigation
Jacksonville, Florida 32256. transportation improvements, including include, but are not limited to, land use,
Wednesday, January 31, 2007, from a wider range of mobility options, to development potential, land acquisition
4:30–7:30 p.m. Regency Square meet increasing travel demand within and displacements, historic resources,
Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., and through the corridors. Transit visual and aesthetic qualities, air
Jacksonville, Florida 32225. service delivery options are undergoing quality, noise and vibration, energy use,
Thursday, February 1, 2007, from 4:30– major changes in the greater
safety and security, and ecosystems,
7:30 p.m. FCCJ Kent Campus, 3939 Jacksonville area in response to
including threatened and endangered
Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida changing demographics. Jacksonville is
geographically expansive, with multiple species. Measures to avoid, minimize, or
32205. mitigate any significant adverse impacts
Individuals who may require special employment centers both downtown
and in suburban areas. Additionally, will be identified.
accommodations should contact Ms.
Winova Hart, Project Coordinator, Jacksonville has an increasingly elderly Regulations implementing the
Jacksonville Transportation Authority, population occurring naturally with National Environmental Policy Act
Post Office Drawer O, Jacksonville, long term residents and with in- (NEPA), as well as provisions of the
Florida, 32203 (Telephone (904) 630– migration from other States and south joint Federal Transit Administration—
3185) at least 48 hours in advance of a Florida. Jacksonville also has Federal Highway Administration
meeting in order for Jacksonville experienced increases in suburban National Environmental Policy Act
Transportation Authority to make the employment centers and increases in procedures, call for public involvement
necessary arrangements. downtown residential development in the impact statement process. The
along with continued suburban scoping meetings announced above are
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms.
residential development. Regional
Tajsha LaShore, Transportation Program designed to provide the public with the
Transit System improvements are
Specialist, Federal Transit most meaningful opportunity to
designed to accommodate these
Administration, Atlanta Regional Office changing circumstances. participate knowledgeably in this
at (404) 562–3506. Alternatives: By and large, the process.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed program is substantially Comments in response to this notice
Proposed Program: The proposed identical to a locally preferred on potentially significant environmental
program grew out of a 1998 study of the alternative that was adopted in 2005 at impacts that may be associated with the
Rapid Transit System, a busway serving the conclusion of alternatives analysis proposed program are welcomed. There
the greater Jacksonville area, which has studies. This programmatic impact will be additional opportunities to
been funded in part by a one-half cent statement process will examine the comment in the scoping process at the
sales tax approved in 2000. The Rapid transit system as a whole with a view public meetings announced above.
Transit System’s proposed alignments toward settling on alignments within
are located in major corridors—the the four corridors identified above. Issued on: January, 5, 2007.
North corridor, extending from the Refinements to various alignments will Yvette G. Taylor,
Jacksonville central business district be explored. These refinements will be Regional Administrator, FTA Region 4.
(CBD) north to Norwood Avenue; the developed in consultation with State [FR Doc. 07–89 Filed 1–10–07; 8:45 am]
East corridor, extending from the CBD and local agencies and the surrounding BILLING CODE 4910–57–P
east to Regency Square Mall; the community in the context of the
Southeast corridor, extending from the programmatic impact statement. The
CBD southeast to Baymeadows Road; intent of the refinements is to stay
and the Southwest corridor, extending generally within the original corridor
from the CBD southwest to 103rd Street/ while seeking to enhance ridership
Timuquana Road—that serve and potential, reduce costs where feasible,
connect employment centers and and mitigate adverse environmental
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residential areas. A full description of impacts. Major components of the entire


the system, complete with maps, may be system will be phased in over time. A
obtained upon request, and will be site-specific environmental process will
available at each public scoping be undertaken for each component.
meeting. Additional information on the For this programmatic examination,
Regional Transit System can also be the only other alternative currently

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