Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project
Mid-Coast Corridor Transit | San Diego, CA
LSA assisted the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) with the extension of the San Diego Trolley Blue Line from the Santa Fe Depot to the University Towne Centre Transit Station via the University of California, San Diego, campus. The project includes approximately 11 miles (mi) of new tracks through predominantly urban areas, as well as nine new stations, and is funded through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts Program. During environmental review and permitting, LSA provided the Environmental Manager and Permits Manager for the Project Management Consultant (PMC) team, comprising staff members from SANDAG and several consulting firms. LSA technical experts provided peer review and technical input into the environmental document as well as supporting technical studies. As part of the PMC team, LSA staff participated in weekly meetings, coordinated reviews of and compiled comments on documents related to environmental analysis, coordinated legal review of documents when applicable, participated in public hearings and scoping meetings, corresponded with FTA reviewers, and provided expertise regarding the CEQA and NEPA processes. In support of permitting efforts, LSA developed the Master Permitting Plan required as a condition of New Starts funding, developed an approach for permitting and mitigation with several overlapping projects to be constructed concurrently with the project, supported Section 4(f) consultations and analysis, and ensured permit compliance at the start of construction until the construction management consultant was under contract. LSA’s role during construction includes providing oversight, guidance, and peer review of work associated with the environmental review and permitting of project changes proposed following certification of the environmental document/issuance of the Record of Decision as well as the documentation of compliance with permits and mitigation commitments.