HNTB completed the NEPA environmental review for a 3-mile modern-day streetcar system connecting downtown with the Louisiana State University.
HNTB worked seamlessly with the City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge and the Federal Transit Administration to advance the project over a compressed 11-month timeframe. HNTB developed the project’s Locally Preferred Alternative; delivered the Environmental Assessment within a record 5-month timeline; conducted a robust public involvement program; developed conceptual engineering plans; obtained FTA signature of the Finding of No Significant Impact; and gained entrance into the FTA Small Starts Project Development program. In addition, HNTB developed a financial plan for the project and helped the city identify $35 million of committed local funding sources.
The EA utilized NEPA best practices by limiting discussion only to potential impacts, referencing technical studies and using visually appealing graphics to support content. Key issues addressed in the EA included transportation effects; historic and archeological resources; live oak trees; noise and vibration; and environmental justice.