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Public meeting in Porter September 19 on Chicago-Detroit rail line

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The Illinois, Indiana and Michigan departments of transportation, in association with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), are announcing a second series of public meetings for the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac Passenger Rail Corridor Program.

The meetings are intended to update the public on the program, present the route alternatives being evaluated between Chicago and Porter, including the area known as South of the Lake (SOTL), and to obtain feedback to help determine the route alternatives to be evaluated in the Tier 1 EIS.

Two public meetings will be held in Indiana:

* From 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Genesis Convention Center, Lake Room, One Genesis Center Plaza, Gary. A presentation will be made at 4:30 p.m. and repeated based on request.

* From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Porter Town Hall.

Meeting materials will be posted to the program website on Friday, Sept. 13, at

Sign up for program e-mail updates on the website or call toll-free at (877) 351- 0853.

The Tier 1 EIS will evaluate passenger rail improvements along a 300-mile rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac, Mich., and it 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.

State and federal transportation partners are seeking input from residents, business owners, and other stakeholders. Staff will be available to answer questions at the public meetings and exhibits and other reference materials will be on display.

All comments must be received by Oct. 28 to be included in this step of the Tier 1 EIS process. Multiple options for submitting comments are available including the following:

* Complete a comment form at a public meeting.

* Use the online comment form at

* Call toll-free number (877) 351-0853.

* Or mail your written comments to Bob Parsons, MDOT, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909.

With an advance notice of seven days, accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and/or limited English-speaking ability, and for 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.



Posted 9/5/2013