Railyard Enterprise Project (REP)


City of Burlington


Burlington City Council Meeting

December 21, 2015

Memo | Presentation

Recommended Alternatives to Advance into NEPA (December)

Project Purpose

The purpose of the Railyard Enterprise Project is to develop a network of multimodal transportation infrastructure improvements, which incorporate the principles of Complete Streets, to support economic development in the area; improve livability of the surrounding neighborhoods; enhance multimodal travel connectivity between the Pine Street corridor and the Burlington Waterfront South area; and improve intermodal connections to the Burlington Railyard.

Railyard Enterprise Project Area

Scoping/Environmental Linkages (PEL) Process

The Railyard Enterprise Project will follow an enhanced scoping process to accommodate requirements of the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts/Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) initiative.

What is Scoping?

Scoping is the initial phase under the Project Development process, where a specific transportation problem is defined and articulated in the Purpose and Need statement; alternatives are then developed and evaluated that address the problem; and finally a preferred alternative is selected that meets the Purpose and Need while minimizing environmental and other resource impacts. Throughout the scoping process, the public has numerous opportunities to provide input on the issues and proposed solutions.

Why follow a PEL Process?

In the past, work done under Scoping was often duplicated when the project moved into the environmental review process. The Federal Highway Administration has recognized this as an issue that created delays in project delivery and has addressed it through the Every Day Counts (EDC)/Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) initiative that allows for planning/scoping level information to be used in the environmental permitting phase (NEPA process).

Using a Scoping/PEL process for the Railyard Enterprise Project will help streamline the project development process by minimizing duplication of effort during the NEPA process thus expediting delivery/completion of the project.

Public Process

Public Meeting #3

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
Arts Riot (400 Pine Street)

Presentation to the Winooski Public Works Commission
November 18, 2015

Public Meeting #2
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
Main Street Landing Great Room (60 Lake Street)

Local Concerns Public Meeting #1
Thursday, March 7th, 2013, Contois Auditorium

Steering Committee Meetings

Steering Committee Meeting # 8
Thursday, October 29, 2015 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
Burlington DPW, 624 Pine Street

Steering Committee Meeting # 7
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
Burlington DPW, 654 Pine Street

Steering Committee Meeting # 6
Thursday, September 4, 2014 – 6:00pm
Burlington DPW, 654 Pine Street

Steering Committee Meeting # 5
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 6:00pm
Burlington DPW, 654 Pine Street

Steering Committee Meeting # 4
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 6:00pm
Burlington DPW, 645 Pine Street

Steering Committee Meeting #3
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:00pm
Burlington DPW, 645 Pine Street

Steering Committee Meeting #2
Tuesday, May 7th, 6:00-7:30pm
Burlington DPW, 645 Pine Street

Project Kickoff Meeting: January 29th, 2013

Steering Committee

Amy Bell, Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Karen Walton, Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA)
Michele Boomhower, VTrans
Rodger Brassard, Ward 5
Julie Campoli, Burlington Resident
Frank Cioffi, GBIC
Chapin Spencer, Burlington DPW
Chris Jolly, Federal Highway Administration
Matt Mahoney, King Street Neighborhood Redevelopment Corp.
Mary Anne Michaels, VT Railway
Neil Mickenberg, Burlington Resident
Michael Monte, Champlain Housing Trust
Andy Montroll, CCRPC Board
Peter Owens, Burlington Community & Economic Development Office
Joan Shannon, Burlington City Council
Jason Van Driesche, Local Motion
David White, Burlington Planning & Zoning

Relevant Project Documents & Links

Project Team

Consultant Team

Bob Chamberlin, Resource Systems Group, Lead Consultant and Manager of the Consultant Team

  • VHB: Stormwater and Rail Consultant
  • Dlandstudio: Landscape Architecture, Multimodal Design, Stormwater Management
  • UVM – Consulting Archaeology Program: Historic/Archeological Resource Assessment
  • Vermont Survey

Diane Meyerhoff, Third Sector Associates, Public Outreach Consultant

CCRPC Project Manager

Eleni Churchill, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

Contact Us

Please direct all comments, questions or requests to be added to the project’s mailing list to:

Eleni Churchill – echurchill@ccrpcvt.org
110 West Canal Street, Suite 202
Winooski, VT 05404
Phone: 802.846.4490 ext. 11