Location: Richmond, VA to Raleigh, NC
Michael Baker International prepared a Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor between Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC. The project proposes to implement approximately 160 miles of high speed rail along the former Seaboard Air Line railroad and existing CSX railroad. This is part of an overall plan to extend high speed passenger rail service from the Northeast Corridor (Boston to Washington, DC) southward from Washington, DC to Charlotte, NC. Due to the extensive length of the project, the SEHSR study corridor includes of a mix of rural, urban, and suburban development. These areas range from National Park Battlefields to rural farmlands to high density, multi-use developments in large metropolitan areas. The corridor passes through the downtown districts of multiple towns in both Virginia and North Carolina that have been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Michael Baker International was responsible for developing the Draft EIS (DEIS), the Final EIS (FEIS), and the ROD, including analyzing the alignment alternatives, conducting public involvement outreach, preparing a community impact assessment and an indirect and cumulative effects report, analyzing air quality and roadway noise, preparing the Section 4(f) evaluation, conducting a preliminary hydraulics studies, and evaluating natural resources (including wetlands, streams, and protected species).