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Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects

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Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects

Dwayne E. Weeks
Federal Transit Administration
8 May 2019


[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 89 (Wednesday, May 8, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20181-20182]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-09399]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation 
Projects

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the 
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in Spokane, 
Washington, and Portland and Gresham, Oregon. The purpose of this 
notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on 
the subject projects and to activate the limitation on any claims that 
may challenge these final environmental actions.

DATES: By this notice, FTA is advising the public of final agency 
actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l). A claim seeking judicial review of 
FTA actions announced herein for the listed public transportation 
projects will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before October 
7, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy-Ellen Zusman, Assistant Chief 
Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, (312) 353-2577 or Juliet Bochicchio, 
Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Environmental Programs, 
(202) 366-9348. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that FTA has taken 
final agency actions by issuing certain approvals for the public 
transportation projects listed below. The actions on the projects, as 
well as the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in 
the documentation issued in connection with the projects to comply with 
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and in other documents in 
the FTA environmental project file for the projects. Interested parties 
may contact either the project sponsor or the relevant FTA Regional 
Office for more information. Contact information for FTA's Regional 
Offices may be found at https://www.fta.dot.gov.
    This notice applies to all FTA decisions on the listed projects as 
of the

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issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were 
taken, including, but not limited to, NEPA [42 U.S.C. 4321-4375], 
Section 4(f) requirements [23 U.S.C. 138, 49 U.S.C. 303], Section 106 
of the National Historic Preservation Act [54 U.S.C. 306108], and the 
Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q]. This notice does not, however, 
alter or extend the limitation period for challenges of project 
decisions subject to previous notices published in the Federal 
Register. The projects and actions that are the subject of this notice 
are:
    1. Project name and location. Central City Line Project, Spokane, 
Washington. Project Sponsor: Spokane Transit Authority (STA). Project 
description: The project will provide a new 5.8-mile bus rapid transit 
system consisting of 34 stations that connect major destinations in 
Spokane, Washington, including the Central Business District, the 
University District, Gonzaga University, and Spokane Community College 
along with residential neighborhoods and will include the purchase of 
ten (10) new vehicles. Nothing in this notice affects FTA's previous 
decisions, or notice thereof, for this project. Final agency actions: 
Section 4(f) exception and Section 4(f) de minimis impact 
determination; Section 106 finding of no adverse effect concurrence 
dated July 9, 2018; and determination of the applicability of a 
Categorical Exclusion pursuant to 23 CFR 771.118(d), dated March 7, 
2019. Supporting documentation: Documented Categorical Exclusion 
checklist and supporting materials, dated March 2019.
    2. Project name and location: Division Transit Project, Portland 
and Gresham, Oregon. Project sponsors: Metro and TriMet. Project 
description: The project will provide approximately 15-mile of a new 
bus rapid transit route between downtown Portland and downtown Gresham. 
The project also includes 42 stations, articulated buses and station 
configurations, pedestrian improvements, bicycle access, and 
accessibility improvements, signal and safety improvements, and a new 
bus layover facility within the existing Cleveland Park-and- Ride Lot. 
This notice only applies to the discrete actions taken by FTA at this 
time, as described below. Nothing in this notice affects FTA's previous 
decisions, or notice thereof, for this project. Final agency actions: 
Section 4(f) exception and Section 4 (f) de minimis impact 
determination; Section 106 finding of no adverse effect concurrence 
dated February 22, 2019; and determination of the applicability of a 
Categorical Exclusion pursuant to 23 CFR 771.118(d), dated March 13, 
2019. Supporting documentation: Documented Categorical Exclusion 
checklist and supporting materials, dated March 2019.

Dwayne E. Weeks,
Director, Office of Planning.
[FR Doc. 2019-09399 Filed 5-7-19; 8:45 am]
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