Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Public Meetings Scheduled for High Speed Inter-City Passenger Rail from Chicago to St. Louis

From the Illinois Department of Transportation

Springfield--The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is hosting two public meetings to seek input concerning the Environmental Assessment (EA) to implement high-speed rail passenger services from Chicago to St. Louis, including intermediate cities. This project will include infrastructure investments and upgrades, as well as new service, on the existing route operated by Amtrak. IDOT is currently preparing an application to qualify for funding for this project under the Federal Railroad Administration’s passenger rail program included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

The Public Meetings will be held:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

The meetings will be an open house format and allow the public the opportunity to watch a PowerPoint presentation, review exhibits and provide comments. Representatives from IDOT will also be available to discuss the EA study and answer questions. Written comments related to the project will be accepted until the close of the comment period ending October 19, 2009.

This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Mary Rose Donahue of Images, Inc. at 630-510-3944. Individuals planning to attend who need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the Department’s TTY/TTD number 800-526-0844 or 711; TTY users (Spanish) 800-501-0864 or 711; and for Telebraille dial 877-526-6670 at least five days prior to the meeting.

For additional information, please visit our project website at www.idothsr.org

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