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Environmental Assessment

The City of Minneapolis, in coordination with Metropolitan Council and the Federal Transit Administration, is currently completing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Nicollet-Central Modern Streetcar project. An EA is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for projects that do not meet the requirements for a mandatory Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and are not expected to result in significant environmental impacts. The EA process results in either a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or a determination that an EIS is needed. The EA is a full disclosure process that documents all potential social, economic and/or environmental impacts anticipated as a result of the proposed action (construction of modern streetcar). The EA process also incorporates the Section 106 process that documents potential impacts to historic properties that are listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. All required subject areas will be covered in the EA but those that are expected to require the most detailed study include:

Decisions Made During EA Process

Decisions that are expected to be made during the EA process include:

Opportunities for Public Input

Public and stakeholder input will be sought throughout the EA process including through meetings with neighborhood, business and non-profit associations in the corridor, public open houses, and via comments by email, telephone or through the project website.  

Watch the website for regular updates on the project and for meeting announcements. Please contact Nathan Koster at nathan.koster@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3638 if you would like:

There will be a formal comment period following the publication of the Environmental Assessment (EA) document. This document is currently expected to be available for public review in the first quarter of 2015. Please watch the website for updates on schedule, the publication of documents, and formal public meetings and comment opportunities. 

Last updated Apr 7, 2015

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