[Federal Register Volume 89, Number 29 (Monday, February 12, 2024)]
[Page 9905]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2024-02778]



Federal Transit Administration

Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation 
Project--METRORapid University Corridor Project, Houston, Harris 
County, Texas

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the 
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regarding the METRORapid 
University Corridor Project, Houston, Harris County, Texas. The purpose 
of this notice is to publicly announce FTA's environmental decisions on 
the subject project, and to activate the limitation on any claims that 
may challenge these final environmental actions.

DATES: A claim seeking judicial review of FTA actions announced herein 
for the listed public transportation project will be barred unless the 
claim is filed on or before July 11, 2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Loster, Assistant Chief 
Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, (312) 705-1269, or Saadat Khan, 
Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Environmental Programs, 
(202) 366-9647. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that FTA has taken 
final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l) by issuing certain 
approvals for the public transportation project listed below. The 
actions on the project, as well as the laws under which such actions 
were taken, are described in the documentation issued in connection 
with the project to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) and in other documents in the FTA environmental project files 
for the project. Interested parties may contact either the project 
sponsor or the relevant FTA Regional Office for more information. 
Contact information for FTA's Regional Offices may be found at https://www.transit.dot.gov.
    This notice applies to all FTA decisions on the listed project as 
of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such 
actions were taken, including, but not limited to, NEPA (42 U.S.C. 
4321-4375), section 4(f) requirements (49 U.S.C. 303), section 106 of 
the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306108). This notice 
does not, however, alter or extend the limitation period for challenges 
of project decisions subject to previous notices published in the 
Federal Register. The project modifications and actions that are the 
subject of this notice follow:
    Project name and location: METRORapid University Corridor Project 
(Project), Houston, Harris County, Texas. Project Sponsor: Metropolitan 
Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), Houston, Texas. Project 
description: The project would construct an approximately 25-mile bus 
rapid transit (BRT) line from Westchase Park & Ride to Tidwell Transit 
Center in the City of Houston, Texas (City). The BRT line would operate 
in dedicated, METRO-owned right-of-way from Westchase Park & Ride to 
Interstate-610 then transition to the center of City-owned and 
maintained streets. The project would also include 42 stations plus one 
stop at each end with accessible platforms, level boarding, next-bus 
arrival signs, security cameras, lighting, and offboard fare payment 
via ticket vending machines, electronic fare cards, or mobile devices.
    Final agency actions: Section 4(f) de minimis impact determination, 
dated November 22, 2023; Section 106 No Adverse Effect determination, 
dated October 24, 2023; and Determination of the applicability of a 
categorical exclusion pursuant to 23 CFR 771.118(d), dated November 22, 
2023. Supporting documentation: Documented Categorical Exclusion (CE) 
and supporting materials, dated November 22, 2023. The CE and 
associated documents can be viewed and downloaded from: https://www.ridemetro.org/about/metronext/metrorapid/metrorapid-university-corridor-project.
    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1).

Megan Blum,
Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Planning and Environment.
[FR Doc. 2024-02778 Filed 2-9-24; 8:45 am]