Western Rail Yard Infrastructure Project
PROJECT WEBSITE: http://www.westernrailyardinfrastructure.com
All dates below are specific to the schedule of the Environmental Review and Permitting processes for this project.
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING STATUS
COMPLETION DATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Western Rail Yard (WRY) Infrastructure Project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq. and other applicable laws. WRY Tenant LLC (a Related Company) and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) are partnering in a joint venture. Together, they are seeking Federal financial assistance through the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program, which is administered by the Build America Bureau (Bureau). FRA is conducting the environmental analysis to ensure compliance with NEPA and other environmental laws.
WRY Tenant, LLC and Amtrak (Project Sponsors) are seeking financial assistance to fund the construction of a Platform and Tunnel Encasement (the Proposed Action) at the 13-acre WRY site (Block 676, Lot 3) between West 30th and 33rd Street and 11th and 12th Avenues in Manhattan, New York County, NY. The 9.8-acre structural steel and concrete Platform will serve as the roof above Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) WRY, which is used and operated by the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) as a commuter railroad storage yard and maintenance facility. The Tunnel Encasement would be constructed of concrete below street level in WRY, be between 50 ad 65 feet wide and between 27 and 38 feet high. New construction would extend from Eastern Rail Yard at Eleventh Avenue to 30th Street. No permanent operational components—such as tracks, lighting, ventilation, or electrical system—would be constructed within the Tunnel Encasement as part of the proposed action. The Platform would also support the privately funded mixed-use development (Overbuild) approved through New York City zoning for redevelopment of the WRY parcel. This construction also supports MTA’s overall business plan to generate revenue.
Project documents will be made available on the project’s website at www.westernrailyardinfrastructure.com and at Regulations.gov, Docket No. FRA-2020-0039.
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