12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728- 3 -The FTA then published a second Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS on March 15,2007 (“2007 NOI”). AR 9696. The 2007 NOI requested public comment on five possible transit technologies: light-rail; rapid-rail (steel wheel on steel rail); rubber-tireguided; magnetic levitation; and monorail.
A five-member panel of expertsappointed by the City Council reviewed responses to that request, as well as twelveresponses from transit vehicle manufacturers and, in February 2008, on a vote of four-to-one, selected steel-wheel-on-steel as the technology for the Project. AR 247 at 331.Honolulu voters subsequently approved a City Charter amendment to establish a steel-on-steel rail system.
Defendants then prepared a Draft EIS (“DEIS”) and a Final EIS (“FEIS”).
AR 247; 7223. The DEIS and FEIS analyzed only four alternatives: the no build alternativeand three elevated, fixed guideway, steel-on-steel railway routings. AR 247 at 331-37.All three fixed guideway options ran down the twenty-mile corridor between Kapolei andAla Moana Center, but via slightly different routes.
One fixed guideway option ranvia Salt Lake Boulevard, a second via the airport, and the third via both Salt LakeBoulevard and the airport.
The FEIS selected the airport route as the preferredalternative.
at 337-38. The FEIS also included an evaluation of the Project’s potentialuse of land from historic resources and public parks, pursuant to Section 4(f).
at 680.The FEIS concluded that the Project would use some historic resources in downtownHonolulu, including the Chinatown Historic District, but found that there was no feasibleand prudent alternative to such use.
at 718-27.The FTA’s Record of Decision (“ROD”) approving the Project was issued onJanuary 18, 2011. AR 30. The FTA, the City, the Advisory Council on HistoricPreservation, the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Officer (“SHPO”), and the UnitedStates Navy also entered into a Programmatic Agreement (“PA”) pursuant to § 106 of the NHPA, which was incorporated into the ROD. AR 30 at 30-42, 83-228. The Project is to be funded using local tax revenues and federal funding from the New Starts program,
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