6002 - Section 6002 of the federal SAFETEA-LU legislation (see below)
ACC - Agency Coordination Committee
ACHP - Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
ACOE - Army Corps of Engineers (also USACOE)
AASHTO - American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
AGT - Automated Guideway Transit
BRT - Roadway-based rapid transit system that looks and feels much like a train, offering high-capacity rapid transit service on reserved lanes or city streets enabling buses to travel at higher speeds and to have more reliable times.
CEQ - Council on Environmental Quality
CERCLA - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
Climbing Lane - A highway lane added to the road along steep inclines to accommodate slow-moving vehicles
Corridor - I-287 between Suffern and Port Chester, including the Tappan Zee Bridge
CRT - Commuter Rail Transit. Urban passenger train service characterized by locomotive-hauled or self-propelled passenger cars, extending up to 100 miles from the central city. It usually has only 1 or 2 stations in the central business district (CBD).
CWE - Cross Westchester Expressway (i.e., I-287) CZMA
Coastal Zone Management Act
DEIS - Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Design Life - Projected life (in years) of a new structure or structural component under normal loading and environmental conditions before replacement or major rehabilitation is expected.
EIS - Environmental Impact Statement
EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency (also USEPA)
EJ - Environmental Justice
EO - Executive Order
ESA - Endangered Species Act
FHWA - Federal Highway Administration
FRA - Federal Railroad Administration
FTA - Federal Transit Administration
HOV - High-Occupancy Vehicle
IMPO - Inter-Metropolitan Planning Organization composed of Metro-North Railroad, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Mid-Hudson South Transportation Coordinating Committee, Putnam County, Rockland County, Westchester County, Newburgh-Orange County Transportation Council, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation Region 8, New York State Thruway Authority, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, United States Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority and United States Environmental Protection Agency--Region II
Interchange - System of interconnecting ramps between two or more grade-separated intersecting roadways or guideways.
Intermodal - Transportation system connecting or including different modes of transportation.
ITS - Intelligent Transportation Systems
LRT - Light Rail Transit. System of electric-powered vehicles that runs on tracks in city streets or on a separate right-of-way. Light rail vehicles can operate singly or in trains of up to three cars.
LPA - Locally Preferred Alternative: The alternative selected by the appropriate state and local agencies and official boards through a public process; must be selected by project sponsors from among the evaluated alternative strategies and formally adopted and included in the Metropolitan Planning Organization's financially constrained long-range regional transportation plan.
MHSTCC - Mid-Hudson South Transportation Coordinating Committee
MIS - Major Investment Study
MNR - Metro-North Railroad (a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority)
MPO - Metropolitan Planning Organization: Regional planning entity responsible for transportation planning and approval of federal transportation funding for the region.
MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority
NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act
NHL - National Historic Landmark
NHPA - National Historic Preservation Act
NJT - New Jersey Transit
NMFS - National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOI - Notice of Intent: A notice of intent (NOI) is published in the Federal Register advising that an environmental document will be prepared in accordance with NEPA. The NOI will include a brief description of the proposed action and possible alternatives, and contact information for obtaining further information about the project and preparation of the document.
NRHP - National Register of Historic Places
NYMTC - New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
NYSDEC - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NYSDOS - New York State Department of State
NYSDOT - New York State Department of Transportation
NYSOGS - New York State Office of General Services
NYSOPRHP - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
NYSTA - New York State Thruway Authority
NWI - National Wetlands Inventory
OCTC - Orange County Transportation Council
OWL - Orange-Westchester Link
PANYNJ - Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
PATH - Port Authority Trans Hudson
PCAC - Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee: A 38-member advocacy group to the MTA that represents the interests of the users of the Long Island Rail Road, City Transit and MNR.
PFAC - Program Finance and Administration Committee: This is the policy-making committee and governing body for NYMTC.
PVL - Pascack Valley Line
ROD - Record of Decision: A formal decision granted by the federal lead agency that provides a written record of the agency's decision on a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The ROD documents any conditions or mitigation measures committed to in the FEIS.
ROW - Right-of-Way
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.
SAWG - Stakeholder Advisory Working Group
Scoping (PDF, 3.6 MB) - Process of defining and refining the scope of a DEIS and the alternatives to be investigated. The scoping process provides opportunities for input from the public.
Service Life - Projected life remaining (in years) of an existing structure or structural component under normal loading and environmental conditions before replacement or major rehabilitation is expected.
SEQRA - New York State Environmental Quality Review Act
SHPA - State Historic Preservation Act
SHPO - State Historic Preservation Office
SIP - State Implementation Plan
SOV - Single-Occupancy Vehicle
Stakeholder Committee - Fosters communication among interest groups and municipalities in the TZB/I-287 study area and the Project Team. Includes representatives of diverse organizations in the region in education, the environment, health, emergency services, business, recreation, tourism and others.
Study area - Geographic area addressed by the analysis in a plan or study.
TIFIA - Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act
Tier 1 Analysis - NEPA analysis that addresses broad, overall corridor issues
Tier 2 Analysis - NEPA analysis that focuses on site-specific impacts, costs and mitigation measures
TIP - Transportation Improvement Program
TOD - Transit-oriented development is sustainable community development located near transit facilities.
TOR - Transport of Rockland
TSM - Transportation Systems Management.
Low-cost measures that are implemented to change travel patterns to reduce the number of vehicles using highway facilities. Such measures might include new park & ride facilities, changes to toll facilities and pricing mechanisms that encourage drivers to shift the time and frequency of on the road travel.
TZB - Tappan Zee Bridge
TZFTF - Westchester Rockland Tappan Zee Futures Task Force, formed by county executives in Westchester and Rockland counties.
TZX - Tappan Zee Express
USACE or USACOE - US Army Corps of Engineers or United States Army Corps of Engineers
USCG - US Coast Guard
USDOI - US Department of the Interior
USDOT - United States Department of Transportation
USEPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
USFWS - US Fish and Wildlife Service
VMT - Vehicle Miles Traveled
VOC - Volatile Organic Compound
Wetlands - Land areas, such as tidal areas or swamps, with soil characteristics and vegetation that meet certain criteria defined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on which filling and development are federally and/or state-regulated.