In December of 2015, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) hosted a series of scoping meetings to initiate the formal environmental process for the joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Green Line to the Airport Extension Project. A total of 247 community members attended the three community scoping meetings held in North Natomas, Downtown Sacramento, and South Natomas.
As part of the environmental review process pursuant to federal and state requirements to engage affected community stakeholders and public agencies early, the purpose of the scoping meetings was to solicit community and public agency input on the issues, impacts, mitigation measures, and alternatives that should be considered in the environmental analysis. Community members were notified about the meetings through a postcard mailed to addresses 500 feet from the proposed alignment, newspaper notices, articles and media coverage, social media posts, flyers and posters at key destinations along the corridor and on RT trains and buses, and email notifications.
The project team received a total of 163 comments from community members who attended the meetings or submitted comments electronically during the scoping period. Public agencies were notified through a Notice of Preparation submitted to the State Office of Planning and Research, State Clearinghouse and Planning Unit, and publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, both on November 18, 2015. A total of eight state and federal public agencies offered comments. Feedback received will be evaluated by the project team and will help inform the environmental documents.