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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Federal transportation officials seek public input on National Rail Plan

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The Federal Railroad Administration has set dates and locations of public outreach meetings to solicit input toward the development of the nation's first-ever National Rail. The National Rail Plan will lay out a coordinated vision for future development of our nation's freight and passenger rail networks. A final version of the plan will be released by September 15, 2010.

"The development of the National Rail Plan must be a collaborative effort," said FRA Administrator Joseph C. Szabo. "We want to work with states, communities, businesses, transportation experts and the public to make sure our future transportation needs are met."

The moderated sessions will be held in five different regions and are open to media and the public. The schedule is as follows: 19 May - Kansas City; 
20 May - Atlanta; 26 May - New York City; 3 June - Salt Lake City; and 4 June - Portland, Ore.

Further details, including specific event locations, can be found at

In addition to the outreach events listed above, FRA is accepting written comments from interested individuals and organizations through a public docket that has been created for that purpose.

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