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As part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study team, RS&H developed an environmental impact matrix to evaluate environmental impacts associated with the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Polk Rail Relocation PD&E Study.
We evaluated ten alternatives and a no-build scenario from an operations and environmental standpoint. We then used the Efficiency in Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) Environmental Screening Tool to produce a preliminary evaluation of alternatives, which we further refined with geographic information system (GIS) analysis.
We documented methodologies for both processes in technical memoranda, summarized the analysis results in an Environmental Impact Matrix, which was presented to the public, and produced a detailed Environmental Impact Technical Memorandum for FDOT.
Sumter, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, Polk, and Hillsborough Counties, Florida
Florida Department of Transportation