RECORD OF DECISION

A Record of Decision is the Final Agency Action and decision document rendered during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. After the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a corridor is completed and adopted it is sent to the Federal Transit Administration for review. The Final EIS is also made available to the public. If the EIS meets all of the criteria as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act the FTA issues a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD is a separate and concise public record which links FTA’s decision to the analysis presented in the EIS. The ROD shows how environmental impacts and other factors were considered in the decision making process. The ROD must clearly identify the decision, including mitigation measures required as part of the decision; identify all alternatives considered, including the alternative(s) considered to be environmentally preferable; and state whether all practicable methods to reduce environmental harm were adopted and, if not, why not. It should also summarize monitoring and enforcement activities for mitigation measures. The ROD must be signed and dated by the FTA.