The V&T Railway Reconstruction Project Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) considered the direct, indirect and cumulative effects from the construction of new elements of the V&T Historic Railway Reconstruction Project through to Carson City Nevada. The project area is located entirely with Carson City County, Nevada. The EA addresses changes to what was originally approved in 2003, and evaluated new elements proposed.
In 2003 the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) issued an EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). At that time, two locations for a new interim depot site were proposed: one described as "Terminal A" at the intersection of US Highway 50 and Detroit Lane, and the second described as "Terminal B" at the intersection of Deer Run Road and Carson River Road. Neither of the interim depot sites are being considered any further due to development and public safety constraints. Instead, a new interim depot site is proposed for an area adjacent to the intersection of US Highway 50 and Drako Way. To connect to this new proposed site, a new 9,000 foot long segment of new track alignment would be constructed. In addition, a new optional segment of balloon track may be constructed to allow for use of an alternative interim depot site off of Flint Drive.
The BLM has participated in the development of the EA and upon the conclusion of this process would determine whether to issue a right-of-way under Title V, Section 501(A)(5) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. The FHWA is the federal lead for the project. The Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway has submitted to the BLM a SF-299 application for this project that includes the approximately 61 acres BLM-managed lands. Not all aspects of the proposal would occur on BLM-managed lands. The consideration of effects and decision-making process for the BLM is limited to the lands within its authority.
The public review and comment period ended on November 1, 2011.
On March 12, 2012 the FHWA issued a FONSI and Final EA for the project (see Documents).
On July 5, 2012 the BLM issued a FONSI and Decision Record for the project (see Documents).