What are the evaluation lenses and what do they mean?

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Urban Design, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment and Economics are the four lenses that provided the structure for the evaluation of the alternatives in the EA.

Transportation and Infrastructure Lens – focuses on accommodating person-trip activity and non-discretionary vehicular trip-making including goods movement and through travel. Addresses potential effects on other infrastructure, including utilities and rail facilities, and issues relating to project constructability.

Urban Design Lens – focuses on the creation of opportunities for improved urban form and improved or new public realm/open space.

Environment Lens – focuses on the minimization of negative effects on the environment (social, cultural and natural) and natural environment enhancement opportunities.

Economics Lens – focuses on achieving a balance of project costs with project financial benefits that could include increased land values and benefits to the economy.