What’s Next?January 11, 2017
After the release of the Draft EIS, there will be a 60-day public comment period. A series of public hearings will be held during this time. Following the close of the comment period, DRPT will evaluate the comments received and make a recommendation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) for formal approval of the Preferred Alternative. A Final EIS will be prepared to document the CTB’s decision. The Final EIS will also provide answers to all substantive comments received on the Draft EIS and will include any additional environmental analyses or detailed engineering and design required for the recommended project. The Final EIS will be submitted to the FRA for review and approval, and FRA's formal decision will be published in a Record of Decision (ROD).
Following the formal issuance of the ROD, DRPT will begin the next steps to move the project forward. These steps include developing the final engineering and design, permitting, financing and construction for the Preferred Alternative.