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File #: 2019-0420   
Type: Project Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/13/2019 In control: Planning and Programming Committee
On agenda: 6/19/2019 Final action:
Title: CONSIDER: A. CERTIFYING the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR); B. AUTHORIZING the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to file a Notice of Determination with the Los Angeles County Clerk and the State of California Clearinghouse; C. ADOPTING the: 1. Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and 2. Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP).
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Accessibility, Air quality, Americans With Disabilities Act, Amtrak, Bicycle lanes, Bicycling, California Environmental Quality Act, California High Speed Rail, California High Speed Rail Authority, City of Los Angeles, Construction, El Monte Busway, Elevators, Environmental Impact Report, Escalators, Guidelines, Hazardous materials, High speed rail, I-101, Jobs, Link Union Station, Little Tokyo, Location 109, Location 199, Los Angeles River, Los Angeles Union Station, Metro Gold Line, Metro Silver Line, Metrolink, Notice Of Determination, Outreach, Pedestrians, Project, Railroad commuter service, Strategic planning, Transfers, Travel time
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Notice of Determination, 2. Attachment B - Link US FEIR Project, 3. Attachment C - Cost Comparison of Passenger Concourse Options, 4. Attachment D - Bridge Aesthetic Concepts rev, 5. Attachment E - Active Transportation Elements, 6. Attachment F - Link US Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan, 7. Attachment G - Metrolink Memo on Link US dated Feb 20 2019, 8. Attachment H - Support Letters from the Little Tokyo Community
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2nd REVISED
PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
JUNE 19, 2019

Subject
SUBJECT: LINK UNION STATION PROJECT

Action
ACTION: APPROVE RECOMMENDATIONS

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
CONSIDER:

A. CERTIFYING the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR);

B. AUTHORIZING the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to file a Notice of Determination with the Los Angeles County Clerk and the State of California Clearinghouse;

C. ADOPTING the:

1. Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and

2. Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP).

Issue
ISSUE

The Link Union Station (Link US) Project will transform how the commuter and intercity rail operates in Southern California with run-through capability that provides one-seat rides from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. The Link US Draft EIR was available for 45 days of public review from January 17, 2019 through March 4, 2019. Staff received a total of 634 comments of which over 75% of the public comments opposed the above-grade concourse and indicated the preference for the new modified expanded passageway or at-grade passenger concourse. In consideration of the public comments received and in coordination with California High Speed Rail Authority, California State Transportation Agency and Southern California Regional Rail Authority (also known as Metrolink) and Amtrak/LOSSAN, staff recommends that the Final EIR include a modified expanded passageway without the above-grade concourse and a revised up to 10 run-through track alignment without a loop track.



Discussion
DISCUSSION

Background
In November 2018, the Board approved staff's recommendations to designate the CEQA "Proposed Project" in the Link US Draft EIR with shared lead tracks north of Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), an above-grade passenger concourse with a new expanded at-grade passageway, and up to 10 run-through tracks including a loop track. In addit...

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