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[Federal Register: March 21, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 55)]
[Notices]
[Page 13980-13981]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr21mr03-110]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Highway Administration

Environmental Impact Statement: Wayne County, MI

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is reissuing this notice (originally published March
13, 2002) to advise the public that an environmental impact statement
(EIS) will be prepared for proposed intermodal freight terminal(s) in
Wayne County and/or Oakland Counties, Michigan. This Notice revises the
published Notice of Intent of march 13, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James A. Kirschensteiner, Assistant
Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, 315 West
Allegan Street, Room 207, Lansing, Michigan 48933, Telephone: (517)
702-1835, or Ms. Geralyn Ayers, Supervisor, Environmental Section,
Bureau of Transportation Planning, Michigan Department of
Transportation, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing Michigan 48909, Telephone:
(517) 373-2227.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the Michigan
Department of Transportation, will prepare an environmental impact
statement (EIS) for a proposed project to develop existing individual
intermodal terminals or a complex of terminals operated by several
railroads to provide consolidated intermodal freight service to
business and industry. The project could include roadway and rail
improvements to the existing terminal sites, known as the Detroit-
Livernois Yard, CP Expressway, CP Oak, and CN Moterm. Improvements are
considered necessary to meet the future need for improved intermodal
efficiencies regionally and on a national scale. The purpose of the
project is to support the economic competitiveness of southeastern
Michigan and the state of Michigan by improving freight transportation
opportunities and efficiencies for business and industry.
     Existing intermodal rail terminals are generally located as
follows: (a) The Detroit-Livernois Yard owned/operated by CSX and
Norfolk Southern Railroads and located west of Livernois Avenue and
south of John Kronk Street, in Wayne County; (b) the CP (Canadian
Pacific)--Expressway, east of I-75 and south of Michigan Avenue, behind
the Michigan Central Depot, in Wayne County; (c) the CP (Canadian
Pacific)--Oak, in the northwest quadrant of the interchange of I-96
with the Southfield Freeway, in Wayne County; (d) the CN (Canadian
National)--Moterm, north of 8 Mile Road and east of Woodward Avenue, in
Oakland County; and, (e) the NS (Norfolk Southern) intermodal terminals
in Southwest Detroit and Melvindale known as NS Delray and NS Triple
Crown, respectively. Norfolk Southern Railroad intends to consolidate
its intermodal activity at these last two terminals into the Detroit-
Livernois Yard, leaving that as the only NS intermodal terminal
location for analysis in the Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal
Project. Mazda has an intermodal terminal at Flat Rock in Wayne County,
which is not part of this project because it is not available for non-
Mazda, commercial business purposes.
     Alternatives under consideration include: (1) Taking no action,
which involves the affected railroads mentioned above, proceeding with
improvements and developments on the railroads' own schedule to meet
their current intermodal market demands; (2) improving/expanding
existing intermodal terminals (a through d, mentioned above) at their
current locations; and (3) consolidation of regional intermodal
operations at the Detroit-Livernois Yard. Alternative 3 is to be a
refinement of the concept identified as Rail Strategy 3 in the Detroit
Intermodal Freight Terminal Project Feasibility Study, Technical Report
No. 4. This alternative was the focus of the Notice of Intent published
March 13, 2002, that notice being hereby revised. The draft EIS will
describe alternatives for improving intermodal activity in Southwest
Michigan including those that were considered during the Feasibility
Study of the Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal Project. Those
alternatives considered prudent and feasible will be studied further,.
     Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will
be sent to appropriate federal, state, and local agencies, and to
private organizations and citizens who have previously

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expressed or are known to have an interest in this proposal.
     A series of public meetings were held during the Feasibility Study
phase (2001) on March 13, April 24, May 23-24, July 25-26, October 24-
25, and December 13, 2001. An additional public meeting was held on
July 11, 2002 initiating the NEPA process after the initial March 13,
2002 Notice of Intent. An early scoping meeting for resource agencies
was held September 19, 2002. A second scoping meeting for resource
agencies is anticipated, but not yet scheduled. Other public meetings
and a public hearing are planned. Public notice will be given of the
time and place of the meetings and hearing. The draft EIS will be
available prior to the formal public hearing for public and agency
review and comment.
     To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed
action are addressed and all significant issues identified, comments
and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments or
questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be
directed to the FHWA at the address provided above.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205,
Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing
Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation of
Federal programs and activities apply to this program.)

     Issued on: March 13, 2003.
James J. Steele,
Division Administrator, Lansing, Michigan.
[FR Doc. 03-6836 Filed 3-20-03; 8:45 am]
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