Baltimore-Washington SCMAGLEV

SCMAGLEV EIS/ROD, Washington,DC to Baltimore, MD. Lead Environmental Manager for the MTA. In 2016, through the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was awarded $28.8 million of Maglev funds to Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to prepare NEPA documentation for the SCMAGLEV Project.  The study area is 40 miles long and 10 miles wide between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD with a stop at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The project issues are complex with many environmental, engineering and political constraints.  Ms. Lyles has been instrumental in the development of the Purpose and Need, Preliminary Screening and Alternatives Analysis, developing presentations for Interagency Meetings as well as the public.  The team is diverse and the NEPA schedule is accelerated.  The EIS/ROD is anticipated to be completed in February 2019.

Development of a Visual/Virtual NEPA document. Project Manager. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) emphasis in their guidelines that NEPA documents should be concise and easy for the public to read and comment.  This has not been the case in the 12+ years Ms. Lyles has been practicing.  Therefore, she sees the need to streamline the process and allow for an easy to read document. She is currently developing, with GIS staff, an online interactive GIS tool for agencies and the public to toggle on and off layers, proposed alignments and mitigation locations, and allow for the public to comment directly online. She anticipates completion of a test site by the end of 2017.

Suitable Location Assessment Model Project Manager. Numerous divisions within the MTA inquire about potential sites to buy for Transit Oriented Development of facility expansion.  Ms. Lyles realized the time to review the environmental constraints for every inquire consumes a lot of the MTA Environmental Manager’s time.  Therefore, she is working with GIS staff to develop a GIS model to allow a user to click on a location and receive a notice as to existing constraints and potential issues if purchased.  She is also asking the GIS staff to incorporate walkshed data to better plan for future development.