U.S. DOT Workshops on National Rail Plan

The Department of Transportation is holding workshops as part of a participatory outreach process to develop the Nation's first-ever National Rail Plan (NRP).  America 2050 encourages regional stakeholders to attend the workshop in your area, and let the FRA know your thoughts and concerns about the national rail plan:

The workshops will be held in 5 cities across the United States so that those interested in promoting increased investment in rail and the benefits of doing so are able to contribute to the dialogue. The meetings are open to the public, but discussions will be tailored for those who are knowledgeable about freight and passenger rail planning and operations.
Section 307 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) requires the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration to develop a long-range NRP. Given the unprecedented amount of funding appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for significant improvements to passenger rail and the stated intention of the Obama Administration to add to this funding in the future, this effort has major national significance.

Space is limited and registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. If necessary, the number of participants from a single organization may be limited to ensure there is room for a diverse cross-section of interested stakeholders and others. Pre-registered participants will have priority for seating.
 
Workshop Schedule
     
Kansas City, MO
May 19, 2010 1:00 - 5:00 pm         
Hilton President  www.presidentkansascity.hilton.com       

Atlanta, GA
May 20, 2010 1:00 - 5:00 pm         
Sheraton Atlanta Downtown Hotel  http://www.sheratonatlantahotel.com/       

New York City, NY
May 26, 2010 1:00 - 5:00 pm         
The New Yorker Hotel  http://newyorkerhotel.com/index.html       

Salt Lake City, UT
June 3, 2010 1:00 - 5:00 pm         
Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown http://www.radisson.com/saltlakecityut_downtown 

Portland, OR
June 4, 2010 1:00 - 5:00 pm         
The Benson Hotel  http://www.bensonhotel.com/      

Register at http://www.fra.dot.gov/rsvp/rsvponline.aspx

Contact the hotel directly for accommodations, if you plan to stay overnight.

Updates will be posted on www.fra.dot.gov under Current Events. For additional information, please contact mark.patterson@dot.gov, or phone (202) 493-1346.

They also welcome you to provide comments regarding the National Rail Plan through the FRA docket, http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#docketDetail?R=FRA-2010-0020.