Public Information Forum

Phase I Public Outreach

Public outreach for the Project was initiated in 2012, prior to the initiation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, with the Phase I Study and development of the Project website (www.longbridgeproject.com). During the Phase I Study, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) hosted three public meetings conducted in an open house format between November 2012 and December 2013.

Phase II Public Outreach (Public Meeting #1) - February 10, 2016

Following the initiation of the Phase II Study, FRA and DDOT hosted a Public Meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. The intent of this meeting was to update the public on the Project status and schedule. This meeting was announced through an advertisement in the Washington Post Express, website notification, and email distribution to the Project mailing list.

The materials presented at the meeting are provided below:

Public Scoping Meeting (Public Meeting #2) - September 14, 2016

FRA and DDOT hosted the Public Scoping Meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The meeting was held in the Club Room of L’Enfant Plaza on the Promenade Level, 470 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington DC. An informal open house format was conducted between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm at which representatives were available for discussion of the project to answer questions. This meeting was an opportunity for the public to review and provide feedback on the Long Bridge Project’s Draft Purpose and Need. In addition, FRA sought public comments on the preliminary concepts, draft concept screening criteria, and environmental considerations.

The materials presented at the meeting are provided below.

Scoping Comments

Meeting attendees were encouraged to share comments and questions with the Project team during the Scoping Meeting.  The Notice of Intent (NOI) also announced the public scoping meeting and invited the public and other interested parties to submit scoping comments through September 26, 2016. FRA subsequently extended the 30-day scoping period to October 14, 2016  in response to a public request for 30-days to review materials presented at the public meeting on September 14, 2016. Comments received during the scoping period were summarized and included in the Project Scoping Report.

Long Bridge Project Scoping Report

The Scoping Report summarizes the scoping process, the meetings held, and the comments received. The report also includes the NOI and extension notice published in the Federal Register (Appendix A), scoping initiation letters (Appendix B), and the public scoping meeting materials (Appendix C). All comments received during the scoping period were compiled and reviewed and are provided in Appendix D (Agency Scoping), Appendix E (Public Scoping), and Appendix F (Railroad Stakeholders) of the Scoping Report. FRA is considering the comments contained in the scoping report during the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

Download the Scoping Report

Download the Scoping Report Appendices

Public Meeting #3 - May 16, 2017

FRA and DDOT held a Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The meeting was held in the Club Room of L’Enfant Plaza on the Promenade Level, 470 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington DC. An informal open house was conducted between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm at which representatives were available for discussion of the project and answer questions. Formal presentations were also given at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. This meeting was an opportunity for the public to review and provide feedback on the Level 1 Concept Screening results for the Long Bridge Project. In addition, FRA sought public comments on the Level 2 screening criteria that will help evaluate the Project concepts that will be advanced for further study in the EIS. This public meeting also fulfilled public engagement requirements of the concurrent Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) consultation process. 

Meeting attendees were encouraged to share comments and questions with the Project team. The materials presented at the meeting are provided below.

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Public participation in the NEPA process and Section 106 of the NHPA is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the project team at info@longbridgeproject.com at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Public Comments

Comments received will be added to the public meeting comments and summarized. FRA encourages and anticipates public participation throughout the development and evaluation of the Project. The FRA website will be updated periodically with project milestones, information about additional public meetings, and other pertinent project information. Comments may be submitted through this website by visiting the comments section and/or by email to info@longbridgeproject.com. Thank you for your interest and participation in this important transportation project.