This notice is to announce the release of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the proposed extension of the NJ TRANSIT Hudson Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) system from the West Side Avenue Station to a new station to be located west of Route 440 near Culver Avenue at the planned Bayfront development in Jersey City, NJ. The FONSI marks the final step in the project’s environmental review process.
NJ TRANSIT is conducting the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Route 440 Extension Project in accordance with the FTA procedures for new transit projects. As part of those procedures, FTA must make a determination about the project’s environmental impacts in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). After the NEPA review, FTA can approve development of the final design for the project and potentially provide funding.
NJ TRANSIT prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project in accordance with NEPA that evaluated the project’s potential to result in environmental impacts. The EA was completed in September 2013 and a 30-day public comment period was provided on the document. During the comment period, a public meeting was held on October 8, 2013, to solicit comments.
Following completion of the comment period, based on its review of the EA and comments received, FTA issued a FONSI for the project on June 27, 2014.