What are the key milestones in the Environmental Review process?
Now that the project is approved – what’s next?
Even after extensive and detailed studies, many items still need to be finalized before construction can begin on a planned project, including:
- Securing state and/or federal funds for the project, if needed
- Completing final design for the project
- Reviewing bids and selecting the contractor to build the project
- Acquiring needed private property and easements that can either be permanent or temporary
- Relocating utilities (water, power, sewer, communications, etc.) so that services will not be interrupted for customers during construction and operation of the project
- Developing agreements for how construction will proceed with the cities involved
- Securing permits from other regulatory agencies, including from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), if the project includes grade crossings
- Educating the public about next steps and how to be safe during construction and operation of the project
What do we have to do before a project is built?
There are many steps required with a full environmental review process. During the initial stages, many options, known as “project alternatives,” are presented for public review and feedback. At each subsequent step in the process, the range of alternatives is narrowed based on technical analysis and public feedback. As the evaluation progresses, more detailed studies are completed for the remaining alternatives. The public has opportunities to provide input throughout the effort.
How can I stay informed and involved?
- Get on the project mailing list to receive updates and news
- Monitor information on the project website
- Follow the project’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Attend project-related meetings
- Contact Metro staff working on the project via phone, mail and/or email