Environmental Considerations in Rail Planning and Project Development

American Public Transportation Association


Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10:30 a.m. - noon EDT

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How to successfully implement NEPA reviews with different regulatory stakeholders

As a result of greater numbers of transit systems around the country expanding their rail systems, many more rail projects are now going through the NEPA review process. while expansion poses regulatory challenges through NEPA, it can provide the opportunity to protect critical environmental and cultural resources and engage members of the community on transit initiatives. Hear from presenters as they discuss their experiences with NEPA for rail system expansion projects, ranging from the challenges of working with different regulatory stakeholders, the nuances between different NEPA review processes, and other challenges associated with environmental review.


Andrew D. Brennan

Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Director of Energy & Environment, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA Read More

Diana C. Mendes

Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Senior Vice President, National Transit/Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA Read More

Jim Ashe

Manager, Environmental Planning & Compliance, Department of Capital Projects Management, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC Read More

Robert Forrest


Oscar J. Gonzalez

Project Manager, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA Read More

Contact Info

Cheryl Pyatt, cpyatt@apta.com