Community Path Cost Estimates

Jonah Petri filed this request with the Federal Transit Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # FY17-0042
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From: Jonah Petri

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The $100M and $20M cost estimates for the Somerville Community Path as described in the April 28, 2016 letter from Secretary Pollack to FTA Administrator Mary Beth Mello.

To further clarify the documents I am seeking, I refer to the letter from April 28th, which is available starting at page 79 of the MassDOT GLX report available here: http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/About_the_T/Board_Meetings/GLXBOARDREPORTFINALv2.pdf

The relevant section of the letter reads:

"Because of this, the order of magnitude cost of the Path as originally designed was in the range of $100 million, based on a cost comparison prepared by the IPMT. An alternative, simplified Community Path concept has been developed by the IPMT that reduces the structures required to support the Path and the time required to build it. We believe that the cost of the alternative Path concept is approximately $20 million."

The documents I am requesting are:
• the detailed cost estimate of $100M, as mentioned above,
• the detailed cost estimates of the $20M plan, also as mentioned above.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jonah Petri

From: Sipes, Nancy (FTA)

Good Afternoon Mr. Petri,

Attached please find FTA's letter acknowledging receipt of your FOIA request.

Nancy Sipes

From: Sipes, Nancy (FTA)

Good Morning Mr. Petri,

I am checking on the status with our Regional Counsel in NY who is covering part of Region 1. As soon as I get a response from him, I will pass it along to you.

Nancy Sipes

From: Sipes, Nancy (FTA)

Good Morning Mr. Petri,

We have located all of the documents responsive to your FOIA request. The documents are awaiting legal review. Once that is complete, I will prepare a response. Most of the staff is on leave through the end of the year so you can expect to receive a response to your request at the beginning of the new year. Give me a call if you wish to discuss.

Nancy Sipes
202 366-2496

From: Sipes, Nancy (FTA)

Good Afternoon Mr. Petri,

I plan to have a response to your FOIA request in the mail to you by the end of this week.

Nancy Sipes

From: Jonah Petri

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email. I look forward to receiving the documents.

Jonah Petri

From: Federal Transit Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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