How do we determine the best alternative?
We determine which transit option is best through rigorous analysis. We will start from a Long List of Alternatives, refine the alternatives under consideration to a Short List, and then at the end of the study select a LPA. The Federal Transit Administration provides guidelines for the conduct of Alternatives Analyses and proposed new transit projects which the NSAA Study will follow.
The Long List of alternatives will be generated from three sources: previous studies, options identified by NYCT and the Project Team, and options suggested by the community.
The Long List will be screened by the Project Team in conjunction with input from the public. An alternative may be dropped from further consideration for any number of reasons, including fatal flaws, extremely high costs or a lack of community-based support. Alternatives that survive this first round of screening review will constitute the Short List of Alternatives. Alternatives that do not make the cut will not undergo any further review.
The Short List will be further evaluated using conceptual design and transit modeling tools. These alternatives will not only be compared to each other, but also to what the transportation and transit situation would be in the future on the North Shore if nothing is done (No Build Alternative). The analysis in this Project will be more detailed and rigorous than the 2004 Feasibility Study, including a more detailed review of possible environmental impacts, engineering feasibility, ridership potential and costs. At the completion of this process, working closely with the public, NYCT will select a LPA.
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