SEPTA began the Project Scoping phase in the fall of 2012. Project Scoping sets the stage for the types of alternatives that will be evaluated in the Draft EIS, which is the first step in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) process to secure federal funding for construction of the project. Both Project Scoping and the tiered alternatives screening will include environmental and engineering studies, and opportunities for public input. The data analyzed and the public and stakeholder input gathered will be documented in a Draft EIS in order to help SEPTA identify a Recommended Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). The Recommended LPA strives to minimize potential impacts to local resources and the community, while providing the maximum benefit to transit riders. The Draft EIS is required to advance through a public hearing and comment prior to the formal adoption of the Recommended LPA.