More on the Environmental Impact Statement
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) shares information about the anticipated effects of a major infrastructure project (like a new MAX light rail line) with the public, government agencies and decision makers. The EIS is made of two components, the Draft EIS and the Final EIS. In between the preparation of each document, there is a public comment period and decision on the route.
Because the proposed MAX line will need federal funding, the Federal Transit Administration is conducting an EIS in partnership with Metro, TriMet and other project partners. The purpose is to understand and identify potential risks and benefits before federal funding is made available to build a new light rail line.
The Draft EIS was published for public and agency review in June 2018. Publication was followed by a 45-day comment period. A team of more than 50 people from Metro, TriMet and the Federal Transit Administration prepared the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Final EIS, expected to be published in late 2019, will focus on the Preferred Alternative. It is based on more detailed designs for the project than those available for the Draft EIS. The Final EIS also identified how impacts will be mitigated and responds to comments made on the Draft EIS.