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For Immediate Release: 10/02/2013
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MassDOT Announces Open Houses and Comment Process for the Final South Coast Rail Environmental Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              MassDOT Press Office

October 2, 2013                                                                                                 857-DOT-8500

MassDOT Announces Open Houses and Comment Process for the Final South Coast Rail Environmental Report

Public welcome to participate and learn more about the study

and recommendations

BOSTON -Wednesday, October 02, 2013— The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will host Open Houses in Fall River and Taunton on the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/FEIR) for South Coast Rail. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and MassDOT released the combined federal/state document on September 23.

 

In the document, MassDOT identifies the Stoughton rail alternative as its preferred route for providing the best transportation, environmental and smart growth benefits, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers names the Stoughton alternatives as providing the fewest environmental impacts.

 

As part of the environmental review process, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office (MEPA) will accept public comments on the FEIR until October 25, 2013. MassDOT is sponsoring two Open Houses to provide information about the FEIR, which is a lengthy document. Depending on the status of the Continuing Resolution, the U.S. Army Corps will also participate in the Open Houses.

 

The Open Houses are scheduled for:

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Taunton High School

Cafeteria

50 Williams St 

Taunton, MA

 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC)

UMASS Dartmouth

151 Martine Street

Fall River, MA

 

 

The FEIS/FEIR is available at local libraries throughout the South Coast region and by request from MassDOT. There is a link to the electronic version of the full report, an Executive Summary, Guide to the FEIS/FEIR and a project fact sheet at www.mass.gov/southcoastrail. Information on the Open Houses and how to comment on the FEIR is also posted on the website.

 

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