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On January 1, 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) was signed into Law. NEPA establishes a national environmental policy focused on federal activities. The intention of NEPA is to balance a sustainable environment with other essential needs of present and future Americans. NEPA asks federal agencies to consider the potential environmental consequences of their projects, document the analysis, and make this information available to the public for comment prior to implementation.

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant for the National Gateway freight rail corridor. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are partnering to administer the implementation of the TIGER grant on behalf of the U.S. DOT and in collaboration with the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, as well as the track owner, CSX. The Phase I National Gateway Clearance Initiative is a project that is intended to provide the necessary overhead clearance required to accommodate the more efficient and environmentally-beneficial transportation of double-stack intermodal containers on the existing rail corridor between North Baltimore, Ohio and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

If commenting electronically, please include "National Gateway Phase 1 comments" in the subject line. The U.S. DOT will review and consider all comments and requests.

Environmental Assessment

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Figure 1 Phase I Corridor NGCI
Figure 2 Phase I Corridor NGCI Obstructions
Figure 3 B&O Railroad's Pittsburgh Division
Figure 4 B&O Railroad's Magnolia Cutoff
Figure 5_Pittsburgh Lake Erie RR
Tables 1 thru 5

Appendix A Part 1 of 2 - Appendix A Part 2 of 2

Appendix B - Cost Benefit Methodology

Appendix C - Federal Cultural Resource Coordination

Appendix D - Ohio
Ohio Phase I NGCI Document 083110
Attachment 01 - Site Location Maps
Attachment 02 - Limits of Disturbance
Attachment 03 - Design Plans
Attachment 04 - Photographs
Attachment 05 - Cost Spreadsheet.pdf
Attachment 06 - Stream Summary and Field Forms
Attachment 07- Wetland_Maps_and_Field_Forms
Attachment 08 - Threatened and Endangered Species Research
Attachment 09 - Drinking Water Resources Mapping
Attachment 10 - Floodplain Mapping.pdf
Attachment 11 - Farmland Protection Sheets
Attachment 12 - Cultural Resource Coordination
Attachment 13 - Census Summary Sheets
Attachment 14 - Public Involvement
Attachment 15 - Hazardous Materials and Regulated Substances

Appendix E - Pennsylvania
PA Phase I NGCI Document 082310
Attachment 01 - Site Location Maps
Attachment 02 - Limits of Distrubance
Attachment 03 - Design Plans.pdf
Attachment 04 - Photographs.pdf
Attachment 05 - Maintenance of Traffic Plans
Attachment 06 - Cost Spreadsheet
Attachment 07 - Stream Summary and Field Forms
Attachment 08 - Drinking Water Resources Mapping
Attachment 09- Wetland Maps and Delineation Forms
Attachment 10 - Floodplain Mapping
Attachment 11 - Natural Heritage Inventory Receipts
Attachment 12 - Cultural Resource
Attachment 12 - State Eligibilty & Effects CD
Attachment 12 - State Eligibilty & Effects CD/PA Effects Letter 021710
Attachment 12 - State Eligibilty & Effects CD/PA Eligibility B&O HRSF 112309
Attachment 12 - State Eligibilty & Effects CD/PA Eligibility P&LE HRSF 112309
Attachment 12 - State Eligibilty & Effects CD/PA Phase IA Report - 052710
Attachment 12 - State Eligibilty & Effects CD/PHMC Arch Concurrence 061010
Attachment 13 - Environmental Justice Summary Sheets
Attachment 14 - Public Involvement

Appendix F - West Virginia
WV Phase I NGCI NEPA Document 082310
Attachment 1 - Site Location Maps
Attachment 2 - Limits of Disturbance
Attachment 3 - Cultural Resources
Attachment 3 - (State Eligibility & Effects CD)
1. WV Eligibility Letter and Attachment 1 113009
2. CSX-NGI_WVSHPO_Submittal_Attachment_2_Survey_Forms_113009
3. WV Effects Letter 021910
Attachment 4 - Threatened and Endangered Species Research
Attachment 5 - Public Involvement

Appendix G - Maryland
MD Phase I NGCI NEPA Document 082310b
Attachment 1 - Site Location Maps
Attachment 2 - LOD
Attachment 3 - Cultural Resources
Attachment 3 - (State Eligibility & Effects CD)
Attachment 1 - Site Location Maps
Attachment 2 - LOD
Attachment 3 - Cultural Resources
Attachment 4 - Threatened and Endangered Species Correspondence
Attachment 5 - Public Involvement
Attachment 6- Parks Forests and Other Recreational Facilities
MD Phase I NGCI NEPA Document 082310b
Attachment 4 - Threatened and Endangered Species Correspondence
Attachment 5 - Public Involvement
Attachment 6- Parks Forests and Other Recreational Facilities

Appendix H - Memorandums of Understanding

Appendix I - State's Acquisition Brochures

Appendix J - Air Conformity Modeling

Appendix K - Photographs of Tunnel Alternatives