The Proposed Action (referred to in the EIS as the Project) consists of potential improvements to Long Bridge and related railroad infrastructure between RO Interlocking in Arlington, Virginia, and L'Enfant (LE) Interlocking near 10th Street SW in the District (the Project Area). An interlocking is a segment of railroad infrastructure comprised of track, turnouts, and signals linked (interlocked)
in a way that allows trains to safely move from one track to another, or across tracks, preventing conflicting train movements. Note that the proper name of RO Interlocking is "RO." It is not an acronym.
The Project proposes to address railroad capacity needs in year 2040. It connects logical termini, has independent utility, and does not restrict consideration of alternatives for other reasonably foreseeable transportation projects in the area. The Project Area is in the Washington Monumental Core, the symbolic and Federal center of the District. The Long Bridge Corridor is part of viewsheds to and from the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and other prominent monuments, buildings, and lands. Long Bridge is also a contributing element to the East and West Potomac Parks Historic District and lies within the viewshed of the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP). The NPS administers the land on the District and Virginia sides of the bridge, and has jurisdiction over the bed of the Potomac River at this location.
The DEIS and all other associated documents can be found here: http://longbridgeproject.com/
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Long Bridge Project (the Project) to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 USC 4321), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Implementing Regulations for NEPA, (40 CFR Part 1500-1508), the FRA Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts (64 FR 28545), and Efficient Environmental Reviews for Project Decisionmaking (23 USC 139). In addition to this DEIS, FRA is preparing a Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation to comply with Section 4(f) of the United States Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 USC 303).