Environmental Review



The NJ TRANSITGRID TRACTION POWER SYSTEM will be the subject of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NEPA requires that federally funded projects be evaluated to determine and disclose potential project effects on the environment and adjacent communities and to consider alternative courses of action as appropriate. At various points throughout the project, there will be opportunities for the public and other stakeholders to provide feedback.

As part of the process, NJ TRANSIT conducted public scoping in winter/spring 2016 to provide federal, state, and local agencies and the public with the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed methodologies that will be used to assess the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of the project.  The NJ TRANSITGRID TRACTION POWER SYSTEM Draft Scoping Document was made available for public review on January 7, 2016.  The public comment period for the scoping process was from January 7, 2016 through February 29, 2016.

At the end of the scoping comment period, FTA and NJ TRANSIT incorporated comments, as appropriate into the NJ TRANSIT TRACTION POWER SYSTEM Final Scoping Document, which is available for review (click here). The next step in the environmental review process is the development of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which contains technical analyses to describe the effects of the project on the environment and adjacent communities. The DEIS will evaluate a broad range of issues, including any impacts on land, water, air, infrastructure and / or living organisms, as well as the environmental values at the project site and social, cultural and economic impacts.

The NJ TRANSITGRID TRACTION POWER SYSTEM DEIS must also include plans, if feasible, to mitigate any impacts, as well as alternatives to the proposed project. Following a public comment period on the DEIS, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be prepared and a Record of Decision (ROD) will be issued by the FTA. The ROD will present the basis for the selection of a Preferred Alternative. The NJ TRANSITGRID DISTRIBUTED GENERATION SOLUTIONS components of this project will be evaluated separately.

The level of environmental documentation for the NJ TRANSITGRID DISTRIBUTED GENERATION SOLUTIONS project has not yet been determined.

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