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Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Analysis Update
RapidRide Roosevelt Project (RapidRide J Line)
The RapidRide J Line project is continuing to work with the Federal Transit Administration to review and respond to the public comments on the Environmental Assessment. 

In January, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Federal Transit Administration released the Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Analysis for the RapidRide Roosevelt (J Line) project. The document provides a comprehensive analysis of the project, including proposed improvements, technical details, potential impacts and mitigation strategies. While the comment period ended on February 14, 2020, you can still find the 
Environmental Assessment online.

We met with more than 100 people at Environmental Assessment drop-in sessions throughout the project area, including South Lake Union, Eastlake, the University District and Roosevelt neighborhoods.

Thanks to everyone who connected with the project at a drop-in session, via email, or through the online comment form to ask questions about the project, share ideas, and leave comments. In total, the project received more than 400 comments!
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What's next?
The project team is reviewing each of the Environmental Assessment comments and, following Federal Transit Administration review, will publish a written response to each comment later this year in the federal environmental determination document. The state environmental determination will be issued at the same time and will be followed by a two-week comment period.

We will also continue refining the design of the project, reviewing key community considerations like bus stop locations and implementing parking mitigation strategies including supporting shared parking, relocating load zones, and updating RPZ 8. We plan to share an updated project design for review and comment after publication of the project’s environmental determination.
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 
It often takes several months to evaluate, select, and finalize a contract with a design consultant. So to minimize potential delays, SDOT released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a consultant to refine the final design. The final design will incorporate community feedback from the Environmental Assessment and refine technical aspects of the design. Releasing the RFQ now gives the project time to select the most qualified consultant and the flexibility to act quickly depending on the environmental determination. 

Consultants who are interested in responding to the RFQ can learn more on ProcureWare.

About RapidRide J Line 
SDOT is working with King County Metro to plan the RapidRide Roosevelt project, which will operate RapidRide J Line when it opens to service in 2024. We’re planning better transit service, safer walking and biking paths, and improved surface streets through Belltown, South Lake Union, Eastlake, the University District and Roosevelt neighborhoods. To learn more, visit the project website
 
Want to Stay Informed?
For more information about the project and to sign up for email updates, please visit the RapidRide Roosevelt Project (RapidRide J Line) website at
www.seattle.gov/Transportation/RapidRideRoosevelt.
SDOT COVID-19 update
In response to financial impacts related to the COVID-19 crisis, SDOT is taking immediate action to pause several projects. The RapidRide J Line project will move forward with the environmental determination and procurement of the final design consultant. Read the SDOT Blog for more details on other projects throughout the city.
At the City, we continue to follow guidance from our partners at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19. We’re working round-the-clock to ensure our communities and our workforce can stay safe and healthy.
 

Currently, the Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to continue with transportation projects throughout the City. We are working closely with our Public Health — Seattle & King County partners, our project teams, and private contractors to ensure that everyone supporting this project is cautious and safe. If there are changes to the project schedule or planned work, we will notify you once public information is available.
 
The City of Seattle and King County are taking steps to protect the health of our community by making recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of novel coronavirus and reduce the number of people infected. Please learn more about COVID-19 at 
www.kingcounty.gov/covid. Thank you.
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