The Iowa Department of Transportation in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation want to remind you about the upcoming Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study’s in-person and online, self-directed open house meetings beginning May 1, 2012. The open house is intended to illustrate various route alternatives, explain the process used to evaluate the route alternatives, discuss the findings of the alternatives analysis, and gain public input on the proposed route alternatives. Potential improvements to the passenger rail system from Chicago, Ill., through Iowa, to Omaha Neb., will help complete the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative's vision for developing an improved and expanded passenger rail system in the Midwest. This Study will be a major step in assessing the viability of a high-speed, regional passenger rail system for Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and the Midwest. Online meeting The online meeting and route alternatives analysis report will be available by visiting http://www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha/ beginning May 1 through May 12, 2012.
In-person meetings The in-person open house meetings are scheduled as follows. Chicago, Illinois • Date: Tuesday, May 1 • Time: 4-7 p.m. • Location: Union Station, 500 W. Jackson St. Des Moines, Iowa • Date: Wednesday, May 2 • Time: 4-7 p.m. • Location: State Historical Society of Iowa Building, 600 E. Locust St. Council Bluffs, Iowa • Date: Thursday, May 3 • Time: 4-7 p.m. • Location: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way Comments All comments on route alternatives and the alternatives analysis report, submitted online, by mail, phone message, or in person will be accepted until May 21, 2012. For more information, please visit the study’s website at http://www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha/.