Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact ReportRegional Connector Transit Corridor
Avoidance, Minimization,and Mitigation Measures
Metro is committed to satisying applicable ederal, state, and localenvironmental regulations and to applying reasonable mitigation measuresto reduce adverse eects and signifcant impacts. Candidate mitigationmeasures to mitigate potential impacts rom the project alternatives wereidentifed in the Drat EIS/EIR. Avoidance and minimization measures wereidentifed along with other potential measures that will reduce or eliminateimpacts. This Final EIS/EIR includes the Mitigation Monitoring and ReportingProgram (Chapter 8) that contains mitigation measures or the RegionalConnector LPA. The mitigation measures therein were developed based on thecandidate mitigation measures identifed in the Drat EIS/EIR, input receivedrom the public and agencies during the Drat EIS/EIR and Supplemental EA/Recirculated Drat EIR Sections public review periods, and urther analysisand specifcation o the mitigation measures in preparing this Final EIS/EIR. The mitigation measures specifed in the Mitigation Monitoring andReporting Program supersede all previously studied, analyzed, and consideredmitigation measures. All mitigation measures therein shall be implementedand monitored by Metro.
Unavoidable Adverse Impacts of the LPA
Ater mitigation, the LPA will have unavoidable adverse impacts in fvecategories. These impacts are described below.
Ater mitigation measures are implemented or the LPA, the intersection o 4
and Flower Streets will continue to be adversely aected during the AMpeak hour. This impact would be considered signifcant under CEQA. In thePM peak hour, three intersections: 4
and Flower Streets, 5
and Flower Streetsand 6
and Flower Streets potentially would be adversely aected. With theimplementation o mitigation measures, the eect will not be adverse underNEPA and will be considered less than signifcant under CEQA.
Even with implementation o mitigation during construction, regionalconstruction emissions o volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogenoxides (NO
), and carbon monoxide (CO) will remain adverse, signifcantand unavoidable under CEQA. With implementation o mitigation, localizedconstruction emissions will be reduced below the maximum allowableemissions and thereore, less than signifcant. Operational emissions or theLPA will be less than signifcant under CEQA and not adverse under NEPA.Although regional construction emissions will be signifcant and unavoidable,the operation o the LPA will result in improved air quality associated with thereduction in regional Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).