Scoping is a study process designed to inform and solicit input from the public, interest groups, and participating agencies about a proposed project, its alternatives, and issues. The main goal of the scoping process is to encourage active participation of the public and agencies early in the decision-making process. It provides the public with an opportunity to communicate issues and concerns, and to help develop and evaluate alternatives.

METRO held five scoping meetings for the US90A/Southwest Rail Corridor during an agency scoping meeting in February 2011; the period for public comment ended on March 11, 2011. Scoping package is available for download here. The results of the scoping process, including the comments received during Scoping are available in the Scoping Results Report.

The scoping process defined the alternatives to be examined in the study, identified the impacts to be considered, and established the goals and objectives guided the evaluation of alternatives. Key issues were identified and the technical analyses that addressed these issues were defined. Citizens, agencies, and community organizations were encouraged to comment early in the process so that they could help set the direction of the study, including the determination of which goals and objectives were to be pursued and which alternatives, issues, and impacts were to be studied. All reasonable alternatives and potentially significant project impacts are identified and examined. Detailed information on the results of the scoping process is available in the Scoping Results Report here.

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