The departments of transportation for Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, in
association with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), are announcing a
series of public meetings for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be
prepared for the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac Passenger Rail Corridor Program.
are being held to introduce the public to the program, discuss the purpose
and need for improvements, present a range of possible route alternatives,
and 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 all 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.
must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in this step of the EIS process.
Multiple options for submitting comments are available:
•Fill out a
comment form at a public meeting.
•Use the online
comment form at www.GreatLakesRail.org
toll-free number at (8770 351-0853.
written comments to Bob Parsons, MDOT, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909.
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.
In Indiana the
meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the City Hall
of Michigan City, 100 East Michigan Blvd.
from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Chicago Union Station in the Union
Gallery Room (off the Great Hall), 500 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago.
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
Friday, Sept. 7.
about the program and how to participate can be found at
for program e-mail updates on the website or call toll-free at 877-351-0853.