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Anacostia Streetcar Extension Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 106 Report Released for Public Comment

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Anacostia Streetcar Extension Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 106 Report Released for Public Comment

Comments Will Be Accepted Until April 18, 2014

(Washington, DC) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) released the Anacostia Streetcar Extension Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 106 report for public comment through 5 pm on April 18, 2014.

The studies, which were conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), evaluate the environmental and cultural effects of extending the streetcar’s initial Anacostia Line into historical Anacostia.

The reports outline three transportation alternatives proposed as the result of information and public comments gathered throughout the study. The alternatives include a no-build option and two scenarios for improving the multi-modal transportation network along the proposed streetcar extension, which would run from the Anacostia Metro Station to the foot of the 11th Street Bridge at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road, SE.

The release of the reports marks the semi-final stages of the planning process for the Anacostia Extension, which began in 2011. A series of public meetings examined the purpose and need of the project, potential streetcar alignments, environmental and engineering findings and historic and cultural impacts.  Following the public comment period, the reports will be finalized.

The reports are available online for public review on the project website. Comments should be submitted to Senior Transportation Planner Circe Torruellas by email, by phone at (202) 671-2847 or by mail at District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, SE, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20003. Comments can also be sent to info@dcstreetcar.com.

The document will be available at the following locations for public review between March 17 and April 18, 2014:

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Road, SE

DC Department of Housing and Community Development
1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE

District Department of Transportation
Progressive Transportation Services Administration
55 M Street, SE - 4th Floor

DDOT staff will also host a week-long public review session Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4 at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library during library hours to accept comments and respond to questions/clarifications of the document during the release period.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its projects, programs, activities, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related statutes.

In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code sec. 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in a violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Circe Torruellas at 202-671-2847 at least 72 business hours in advance of the meeting date. These services will be provided free of charge.