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Contact: Alexandra Picavet, Golden Gate NRA, (415) 561-4732
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, SF Maritime NHP, (415) 561-7006
San Francisco, CA—The National Park Service, in cooperation with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Federal Transit Administration, announced today that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for providing streetcar service to Fort Mason Center opens March 18, 2011 for a 60-day comment period. A public open house meeting has been scheduled for April 20, 2011.
The DEIS is available on the internet at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/streetcarextension, or at the San Francisco Main Library and Sausalito Public Library.
This project would lengthen the historic streetcar F-line from Fisherman's Wharf to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and on to Golden Gate National Recreation Area, ending at Fort Mason Center. The intended effect of this action is to provide high-quality rail transit that improves transportation access and mobility between regional transit hubs and San Francisco's bustling waterfront by extending the existing streetcar service. The DEIS presents and analyzes potential consequences of implementing the following alternatives:
Alternative 1, the No-Action Alternative, would provide no change from the existing historic streetcar line and would not provide transit connections to Fort Mason Center.
Alternative 2, the Preferred Alternative, would extend the existing F-Line from Fisherman's Wharf to Fort Mason Center. The track extension would include a street-running segment along Beach Street, a transition zone between the street-running segment and the Fort Mason Tunnel, a tunnel segment and a turnaround segment with two options for locations, Alternative 2A: North Loop (Fort Mason parking lot) and 2B: South Loop (Great Meadow). The North Loop is the preferred turnaround option. Project elements would include the construction of streetcar track for approximately 0.85 miles, construction of 8-9 station platforms, upgrades to the existing Fort Mason Tunnel, and installation of signals, crossings, wires and poles.
A public meeting is scheduled to receive comments on the DEIS:
Date: April 20, 2011
Location: Golden Gate Room, Building A, Fort Mason Center
Time: 7–9 pm
This public meeting is designed to inform and involve the public about the purpose and need for federal action, proposed alternatives, issues, and the decision-making process. The meeting will be an open house format that will include maps and displays about the proposed alignment for the F-Line Extension through the two NPS units and about the EIS process. NPS and technical staff will be there to answer questions and listen to comments.
There are several ways for the public to provide comments on the DEIS, including filling out a comment form at the public meeting, submitting comments online through a link on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment site, https://parkplanning.nps.gov/streetcarextension, or by mailing comments to:
National Park Service
Denver Service Center—Transportation Division
F-Line DEIS Planning Team
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
Comments must be received by May 17, 2011 to be considered in the preparation of the Final EIS. Please note that names and addresses of people who comment become part of the public record. The NPS will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and individuals who identify themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire commentincluding your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.