And now from the category of “There’s an award for that?”
The Maryland Transit Administration has been tapped for a federal “outstanding achievement award of excellence” for its final environmental impact statement (FEIS) on the 16-mile light-rail Purple Line being planned for the Washington suburbs, MTA officials said Thursday.
Environmental impact studies aren’t usually considered page-turners. So just in case you haven’t been glued to the hundreds of pages, the Federal Transit Administration notes that it was “particularly impressed with the presentation of information, including the use of reader-friendly language, graphics and tables, while successfully resolving complicated environmental issues.”
The study, released in 2013, examined the transportation and environmental benefits and impacts of the light-rail line being planned between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County.
The federally required study identifies ways to avoid or mitigate a project’s impacts on communities, historic buildings, parks, wetlands, streams and trees.
Bids on a 35-year public-private partnership to design, build, operate, maintain and help finance the line’s construction are due Nov. 17. State officials have said they hope to begin construction in 2016 and open the line for service in 2021.