FRA Resumes Work on Midwest Rail Plan

The Federal Railroad Administration has resumed work on its Midwest regional passenger rail plan.

FRAWork on the planning document had been delayed for six months due to bidding issues in hiring a project consultant.

The study is expected to take 18 months to complete and will be the subject of public hearings and a solicitation of public comment.

The focus of the regional plan is to look ahead 40 years to identify promising travel markets in the Midwest for developing passenger rail corridors and projects with federal investment.

FRA officials have said that the study could discuss short- and long-distance routes as far east as Pennsylvania and as far south as Kentucky. Planners will consider new or improved routes in the context of a national and regional passenger rail network.

They will seek to show how links with local transit, aviation, highways and non-motorized modes can create a seamless, integrated transportation system to carry travelers from origin to destination throughout the region.

The plan is also expected to touch upon potential institutional arrangements, financial requirements, phasing planning, and development activities needed to implement the plan.

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