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MDOT, Federal Railroad Administration to Host Public Meetings on Rail Improvements

A local meeting will be held at the Dearborn DoubleTree on Sept. 26.

The departments of transportation for Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, in association with the Federal Railroad Administration, this week announced a series of public meetings for an Environmental Impact Statement that will be prepared for the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac Passenger Rail Corridor Program. The meetings are being held to:

  • Introduce the public to the program
  • Discuss the purpose and need for improvements
  • Present a range of possible route alternatives
  • Identify potential issues that should be considered in the EIS

The EIS is being prepared to evaluate passenger rail improvements along a 304-mile rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac, Mich. The EIS will evaluate the effects of upgrading rail infrastructure and facilities to safely accommodate potential passenger rail service improvements. Effects on the natural environment, jobs, the economy, air quality, traffic, and neighborhoods will be considered.

MDOT and its state and federal partners are seeking input from all members of the public, government agencies and tribes. Staff will be available to answer questions at four upcoming meetings. Exhibits and other reference materials will be on display and presentations made.

All comments must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in this step of the EIS process. Multiple options for submitting comments are available including:

  • Fill out a comment form at a public meeting
  • Use the online comment form at www.GreatLakesRail.org
  • Dial the toll-free number at 877-351-0853
  • Mail your written comments to Bob Parsons, MDOT, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909

Public meetings will be held in each of the three states and will be open to the public between 4 and 7 p.m. A presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. The same information will be presented at each meeting.

Dearborn residents can attend a local meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel on Sept. 26. The hotel is located at 5801 Southfield Freeway, on the Dearborn-Detroit border.

An online public meeting also will be provided where the public can conveniently view all meeting information. This self-guided meeting will be available at www.GreatLakesRail.org  starting Friday, Sept. 7.

With 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. To request accommodations in any of the three states, call Bob Parsons directly at 517-373-9534 or toll free at 877-351-0853.

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