Officials Seek Public Input for Rail Upgrades

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By: Lakeshore Staff

September 22, 2014 — Area transportation officials are turning to commuters as experts for possible rail upgrades.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), has prepared a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate passenger rail improvements for the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac corridor.

The Tier 1 Draft EIS presents the proposed project’s purpose and need, identifies reasonable route alternatives, describes the affected environment, and analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the alternatives considered, including the no-build alternative.

Visit the public hearings page on the program website at www.GreatLakesRail.org to download and view the entire Tier 1 Draft EIS document. Also, you may obtain a list of document review sites on the public hearings page that will have CDs and/or hard copies of the Tier 1 Draft EIS available by Sept. 26, 2014.

A public comment period is underway to collect feedback on the Tier 1 Draft EIS. All comments must be submitted by Dec. 19, 2014, for the public record. Comments may be submitted as follows:
• Provide written or oral comments at a public hearing
• Use the online comment form at www.GreatLakesRail.org
• Email: MDOT-HSR-Detroit-Pontiac-Chicago@michigan.gov
• Call the toll-free number at 877- 351-0853
• Mail your written comments to Robert Parsons, Public Hearings Officer, Michigan Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909

After considering all public input, a Final EIS will be prepared and released for public review. The Final EIS will identify a preferred route alternative and level of service.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
4 to 7 p.m. CST
Genesis Convention Center Lake Room
One Genesis Center Plaza
Gary, IN 46402

With an advance notice of seven days, MDOT can make accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English-speaking ability, and persons needing auxiliary aids or services of interpreters, signers, readers, or large print. For special accommodations, call the program’s toll-free number at 877-351-0853.

Source: Indiana Department of Transportation


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