Dulles Metrorail Effects Consultation
The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project includes extension of MetroRail service from the West Falls Church Metro Station to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County. Initially covered under a 2004 EIS, DCMP’s Section 106 process culminated with a Memorandum of Agreement in 2004. Subsequently, design refinements occurred affecting the location and extent of impacts upon historic resources documented in the MOA.
Gray & Pape provided cultural resources support to the Dulles Rail Consultant team addressing those changes. Our work included reviewing cultural resource project record including:
- the 2004 FAA Record of Decision
- 2006 Amended ROD
- 2004 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4f report
- August 2003 Cultural Resources Technical Report Phase Ia
- April 2004 Identification and Evaluation Report – Historic Architecture
- August 2010 working draft of the Determination of Effects
- EIS Technical Reports, the 2004 MOA, current design refinements, and the proposed aerial alignment at the Dulles Terminal
Additional work included:
- Field visits to capture the context and intensity of DCMP with respect to the historic resources under consideration.
- Investigating and advising on Phase 2 design refinements for proposed changes in the Dulles Airport approach and station that entailed moving from a tunnel alternative to an aerial alternative.
- Attending consultation meetings with the SHPO, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and related consulting parties.
- Assisting with revisions to the Determination of Effects report.
- Advising on appropriate strategies for consultation.
- Assuming a lead role in preparing amendments to the 2004 MOA.
- Advising on mitigation strategies to address adverse effects along the Phase 2 corridor, as well as those associated with the aerial alternative at the Dulles terminal.
- Providing presentation materials, including text, graphics, and tables to support the MWAA as they advanced and concluded the Section 106 process and executed an amended MOA.