ENB Region 2 Completed Applications 12/06/2000

Bronx County
Applicant: NYC Transit Authority
370 Jay St Rm 819
Brooklyn, NY 11201-3814
Facility: NYC-Ta Zerega Ave Bus/Training Facility
Zerega Avenue At Lafayette Avenue And Westcheste R Creek
Bronx, NY 10473-
Application ID: 2-6006-00075/00003
Permit(s) Applied for: Article 19 Air State Facility Permit
Project is Located: in Bronx in Bronx County.
Project Description:

     The applicant is seeking authority to operate the Zerega Central Bus Maintenance Facility and Training Center on a 10.95 acre project site located on the east side of Zerega Avenue between Lafayette and Seaward Avenues in the Bronx. The facility is a one story, 220,000 square foot building, approximately 375 feet wide and 650 feet long , with a mezzanine for offices and classrooms. A portion of the facility and parking area is located within NYSDEC regulated Tidal Wetlands adjacent area.      

     This brand new, state-of-the-art facility will be used to repair and spray paint hundreds of buses annually, including the fleet of new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, and to train approximately 125 bus operators and maintenance personnel on an annual basis. The facility will also include an outdoor CNG defueling and refueling operation to permit servicing of CNG fueled buses.

     In 1999, the applicant separately applied to NYSDEC for a Tidal Wetlands Permit and a State Facility Air Permit to construct, on a "design/build basis", and operate a maintenance facility which at that time was projected to service up to 720 buses per year. While the applications were under consideration, the applicant constructed the facility without the required permits. NYSDEC initiated enforcement proceedings; the applicant is expected to resolve these violations with NYSDEC prior to issuance of any authorization to operate. Toward that end, the applicant has already undertaken a number of corrective actions and is establishing a 30 foot wide vegetated buffer between the facility parking lot and Westchester Creek to address the tidal wetlands violations.

The applicant subsequently submitted a Minor Facility Air Registration, in lieu of a State Facility Air Permit Application. The Air Registration contemplates the following actual annual air emissions facility-wide, including anticipated actual air emissions from a paint spray booth, 2 boilers, 23 space heaters, water heater, bus washer, welding shop hood and tail pipe exhausts: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) 11.8 tons, Oxides of Nitrogen (Nox) 12.1 tons, Carbon Monoxide (CO) 10 tons, Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) 1.8 tons, Particulate Matter (PM) 1.5 tons, Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) 3.7 tons. These actual emissions projections are based on an assumption that the facility will paint up to 550 buses per year. On that basis, the applicant has also prepared and submitted to NYSDEC an environmental assessment and a negative declaration under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. The Department is considering whether to issue the Air Registration or a State Facility Air Permit. These submissions are available to be reviewed at NYSDEC's offices at 47-40 21st, Long Island City, N.Y.



State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency: Metropolitan Transit Authority
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
Coastal Management: This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jan 5 2001.
Contact: Harold J. Dickey
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21St Street
Long Island City, NY 11101