This study will take approximately 2.5 years and will be completed over 5 milestones. The first milestone is expected to wrap up at the end of 2019.

Milestone 1

Summer 2019 – Fall/Winter 2019 Design Options. Develop options to carry forward into design. Options will be identified based on stakeholder, policy leader, and public input, development of a Strategic Funding Blueprint and partnerships; and coordination with each MPO.

Milestone 2

Fall/Winter 2019 – Spring 2020 10% Design. Identify the Recommended Alternative to be advanced to environmental analysis based on frequency of service evaluations; service route evaluations, station location identification; and schematic lane configurations.

Milestone 3

Spring 2020 – Fall/Winter 2020 NEPA. Begin environmental review; identify the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) to be advanced to 30% design based on environmental effects evaluation, safety and security, and station designs that seamlessly connect to local transit, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other multimodal options.

Milestone 4

Fall/Winter 2020 – Spring 2021 NEPA/30% Design. Define how the LPA interacts with other modes and complete all associated 30% design submittals. Complete environmental documentation.

Milestone 5

Spring 2021 – Summer 2021 FTA Application. Request a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision from FTA and submit the project for FTA Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program rating.