Project Overview

The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared in a manner that is consistent with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process under the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Section 6002.

Purpose and Need:

Project Purpose
The project is proposed to improve local and regional transit accessibility to and from the Potomac Yard area adjacent to the U.S. Route 1 corridor for current and future residents, employees, and businesses.

Project Need
Currently, the project area is not served by direct access to regional transit services, which provide frequent, higher-speed, and all-day service across multiple jurisdictions of the metropolitan area. This area is served by local bus services that operate in the U.S. Route 1 corridor, including the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway (also known as “Metroway”). Direct access to direct or connecting transit service to/from key regional desitnations, widely spaced stations, and generally dedicated right-of-way, separated from general vehicular traffic, will facilitate regional trips.

Traffic congestion will increase on U.S. Route 1 even without the proposed development in Potomac Yard. Increasing the share of transit trips would help to manage congestion, reduce auto trips and emissions along transit corridors, and make efficient use of existing infrastructure. Additional transportation options are needed to support the City of Alexandria’s redevelopment plans.

Due to the constrained capacity of the roadway network, additional transportation options are needed to accommodate travel demand through transit and other non-auto modes. Direct regional transit access would provide more transportation choices for residents and workers and would enhance connections to regional employment and activity centers.

Participating Agencies:
  • All federal, state, and local agencies and tribes with an interest in the project
  • Participating agencies can include cooperating agencies
  • If invited, a federal agency must participate or it relinquishes all rights and authority over the project
  • Responsible for identifying any concerns that may substantially delay approval or result in permit denial
Key Coordination Activities
  • Project Scoping
  • Coordination plan and schedule
  • Purpose and Need
  • Alternatives development and selection
  • Impact assessment methodologies and level of detail
  • Environmental considerations

Key Environmental Considerations

The EIS addresses potential environmental effects to the following resources:
  • Land Acquisitions and Displacements
  • Local Plans and Zoning
  • Neighborhoods and Community Resources
  • Visual Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Parklands
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Wetlands and Waterways
  • Hazardous and Contaminated Materials
  • Secondary and Cumulative Effects
  • Construction Access and Staging
  • Other Resource Areas included in the EIS


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