Archive for August, 2007

You can now donate to RichmondRail online

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007’s pro-rail efforts are entirely funded by our volunteer directors and passionate individuals like you. We operate on a shoestring, but the coming weeks are critical as we approach the METRO board’s choice of a final alignment. Your donations today will help us ramp our efforts and solidify public support.

We will very much appreciate any amount you can give! You can give by credit card or by check. To find out how, click here (or follow the Donate! link under Pages at the right). While contributions are not tax deductible, they do help us ensure your voice will be heard!

Details on final options for the University line are published in DEIS

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
Friday, August 3rd METRO released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the University transit corridor and opened a 45-day period for public review and comment. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) contains detailed analysis of each of the remaining short-list alignment options as well as the the “no-build” option. It identifies benefits of each option as well as impacts on a range of factors including traffic, parking, noise, trees, flooding, property, and more. The DEIS is the formal basis for review by federal, state and local decision makers as well as the public, leading up to the METRO board’s choice of a final alignment and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s record of decision.

You can review the DEIS online. You can also request (for a fee) a bound copy or a CD, or view the printed version at a number of libraries and other locations around town (details).

To get you started, the Citizens’ Transportation Coalition (CTC) has posted an illustrated analysis of the DEIS (starting with the options west of Main) in Christof Spieler’s Intermodality blog. Have a look.

METRO is providing the opportunity for you to review plan details and ask METRO staff questions about the DEIS at open houses 5-7 pm Monday, August 13 at Holiday Inn Select - Greenway Plaza and Tuesday, August 14 at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. The next step will be to submit comments (due September 17), and attend the formal public hearing at 2 pm on August 27, 2007, at South Main Baptist Church. Details on the open houses and the public hearing can be found on the METRO Solutions website.