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Q: Why wasn’t the previous environmental documentation for Loop 1604 ever finished?
Q: Why is a separate EIS for Loop 1604 being studied instead of under the same document as
US 281 improvements?
Q: What is the next step in the Loop 1604 EIS process?
Q: What types of transportation improvements will be evaluated by the EIS?
A:The approach to determine alternatives for the EIS is a collaborative process and includes an initial screening for reasonableness, followed by a quantitative screening for viability. The range of alternatives initially considered include: No-Build, Transportation System and Demand Management (TSM/TDM), Mass Transit (Bus, Heavy Rail, Light Rail), and Build Alternatives (Multi Modal Upgrade, Parallel Road, Upgrade Other Facilities). As presented in Public Scoping Meeting No. 2 , only the Multi Modal Upgrade meets screenings for both reasonableness and viability. In general, the Multi Modal Upgrade consists of new lanes added to the existing Loop 1604. It could also complement the transit system by using expanded lanes for express bus service or using the existing median or open space within the right of way for guideways.
Alternative design concepts for the Multi Modal Upgrade presented in Public Scoping Meeting No. 2 will be refined and the designs, costs, and quantitative effects on the natural and human environment of these Build Alternatives will be compared with that of the No-Build in the Draft EIS. The three alternative design concepts being considered for the Multi Modal Upgrade include: 1) Add general purpose lanes to the inside of the existing Loop 1604 lanes; 2) Add managed lanes to the inside of the existing Loop 1604 lanes, leaving the existing lanes as general purpose lanes and shifting them slightly to the outside; and, 3) Add primarily elevated managed lanes to the outside of existing Loop 1604, between the mainlanes and frontage roads. With either of the managed lane concepts, there would be use restrictions based on traffic demands and vehicle characteristics for the users of these lanes. Use restrictions could include user fees (fixed tolls or variable tolls), vehicle occupancy (High Occupancy Vehicles), or vehicle type (truck, car, bus, motorcycle, etc.).
Q: How does public input influence the EIS decision making process?
A:Public input helps those conducting the study learn how residents and travelers in the area feel about existing and future transportation needs, alternatives that should be examined, and issues that need to be addressed by the EIS.
The comprehensive public involvement program was developed to ensure that the public has a variety of opportunities to comment throughout the process. This includes the use of a Community Advisory Group (CAG), the project website, a project hotline, comments completed online or at public meetings, and presentations in smaller meetings with civic and community groups.
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