Gulfport Bike/Ped/Tram Bridge

Public Notice

Project: Coast Transit Authority (CTA) Tram/Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge

Location: Downtown Gulfport, connecting Gulfport Transit Center to Jones Park over Hwy 90

Document Review Period: January 8 – January 29, 2017

The Coast Transit Authority (CTA), working with the City of Gulfport and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), propose to construct a tram/pedestrian/bicycle bridge, approximately 1,100 feet long, extending southeast from 15th Street to 21st Avenue in Jones Park, over Beach Boulevard (US 90). This project is part of the general development of enhanced transit passenger facilities in Downtown Gulfport, as outlined in the transit development plan and transportation improvement program. When complete, this project will connect Jones Park and the proposed CTA Gulfport Transit Center terminal, consisting of the current facility located at the corner of 15th Street and 21st Avenue and a proposed expansion of this facility into the adjacent building formerly housing the Harrison County Library, Downtown Gulfport branch. The purpose of this notice is to inform the community that FTA intends to make a de minimis environmental impact determination pursuant to Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. § 303 and 23 U.S.C. § 138) on the former library site and park properties.

As part of the public involvement activities associated with this project, and in keeping with the adopted public participation plan, CTA will make the documentation for the project’s categorical exclusion, including the Section 4(f) evaluation available for public view and comment for the duration of the identified review period.

To view the documented categorical exclusion, including the Section 4(f) evaluation, please visit the website of Coast Transit Authority (CTA) at www.coasttransit.com, Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC) at www.grpc.com or by contacting CTA Executive Director, Kevin Coggin at kcoggin@coasttransit.com. Print copies will be available for review, during normal hours of operation, at the CTA office located at 333 DeBuys Road, Gulfport, MS 39501, the GRPC office at 1635-G Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532 and the Gulfport Public Library at 1708 25th Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39501 for the duration of this review period.

Comments submitted on behalf of this project should be sent to Stephanie Plancich, Public Involvement/Title VI Coordinator, at Gulf Regional Planning Commission using one of the following methods: by mail to 1635-G Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi MS 39532, by email to contactus@grpc.com, by fax to 228-864-1149 or by calling 228-864-1167(ext. 218). All comments should be submitted or postmarked before 5:00pm on  January 29th, 2017.

CTA and GRPC prohibit discrimination in all of their programs, services and activities. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or other protected status. This public comment period satisfies the FTA public participation requirements of Section 5307 POP notice and other applicable regulations and policies. Persons who require assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact Stephanie at-least five (5) business days prior to the end of this review period.

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