FTA served as the lead Federal agency, the City of Alexandria is the project sponsor and joint lead agency, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and National Park Service (NPS) served as cooperating agencies. The National Park Service served as a cooperating agency because of the project's impacts to natural and cultural resources of the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP), which is a unit of the National Park System. Under the project, NPS will consider issuance of a permit for the temporary use of land under its administration for construction staging and the exchange of property for the proposed permanent use of a portion of that land for the project. As a cooperating agency, and in accordance with the CEQ regulations (40 CFR 1501.6), NPS actively participated in the NEPA process for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station that culminated in the FEIS.
Additional information about the project can be found at the project website: http://www.potomacyardmetro.com/
Chief of Planning
The proposed Potomac Yard Metrorail Station consists of construction of a new Metrorail station and ancillary facilities located at Potomac Yard within the City of Alexandria along the existing Metrorail Blue and Yellow Lines between the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station and the Braddock Road Station. The project will serve existing neighborhoods and retail centers as well as high-density, transit-oriented development planned by the City of Alexandria. The project will provide access to the regional Metrorail system for the U.S. Route 1 corridor of north Alexandria. The Potomac Yard area is currently without direct access to regional transit services, such as Metrorail. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the City of Alexandria, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190, as amended) and regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500 to 1508), prepared their Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation, dated June 1, 2016 ("the FEIS") for the project.