- Environmental Assessment for Streetcar Development
After approval and adoption of the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) in March 2012, Burns & McDonnell co-led development of the environmental assessment (EA) to obtain approval from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to proceed with design and construction of the initial route of the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar. The environmental review process was conducted in tandem with the Advanced Conceptual Engineering (ACE) phase of project design. The FTA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under NEPA on Oct. 30, 2012.
In July 2013, the City of Kansas City, Mo., received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Documentation from the FTA for the EA and its supporting efforts.
- Environmental assessment
- Environmental studies
- Section 106/4(f)
- Agency coordination
- Public involvement
Burns & McDonnell co-led the completion of the EA for Kansas City's initial two-mile-long streetcar route between the River Market and Crown Center/Union Station. The project includes construction of a vehicle maintenance facility, nine stops in each direction and traction power substations along the route.
Burns & McDonnell led the agency coordination efforts and managed the assessment of effects under land use, neighborhoods, environmental justice, cultural resources, public lands, and hazardous material and waste sites. A Burns & McDonnell National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) specialist served as co-author of the EA, including streamlining of the purpose and need based on a previously completed alternatives analysis. During the alternatives analysis, Burns & McDonnell led the overview of potential environmental and engineering constraints.
The EA, completed in seven months, was prepared following FTA Region VII's streamlined environmental documentation guidance. Construction of the project is anticipated to be completed in 2016.