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    TxDOT to host public forums on rail plan, seeks input from residents

    July 30th, 2010
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    On August 10, 2010, the Texas Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to glean public opinion on the state’s developing rail plan.  The meeting will be held in the hearing room of TxDOT’s Austin district office, 7901 N. I-35, from 6-8 p.m., and is one of nine meetings TxDOT will hold across the state in order to obtain rail plan-focused input from Texans.

    The rail plan is intended to guide future public and private actions to expand mobility of people and goods on rail and meet federal and state legislative requirements.

    Attendees of the August rail meeting will be able to ask rail division staff questions, submit comments and complete brief questionnaires.

    “This plan will provide an inventory of all transportation modes and address the need for improvements to roadways, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, transit, freight and passenger rail, airports, water parts, pipelines, and Intelligent Transportation Systems,” said Amadeo Saenz Jr., TxDOT executive director.

    TxDOT will be conducting a second set of open house-style public meetings in August to discuss preliminary findings and take additional public input on the state’s long-range transportation plan. The department will host its Austin meeting Aug. 12, also at its Austin district office, from 4–7 p.m.

    Public comments on the state’s rail plan may be mailed to the rail division or submitted via its website. Visit Texas Rail Plan’s website (http://www.txdot.gov/public_involvement/rail_plan/) for more information.

    Comments will be accepted through Oct. 9, 2010.

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