Monday, May 9, 2016
North Dakota is updating its state rail plan during 2016, and a trio of public meetings is the imminent next step.
State officials hope for public comments on safety/community impacts, the movement of freight by rail, and passenger rail service in the state. Conducted by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) in partnership with the North Dakota Public Service Commission, North Dakota Department of Commerce, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, North Dakota Pipeline Authority and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, meetings will be held from 4-6 p.m. (CDT) on
Tuesday, May 17, in Minot at the City Auditorium (Room 201), 420 3rd Ave. SW
Wednesday, May 18, in Fargo at the Fargo Public Library’s Community Room, 102 3rd St. North
Thursday, May 19, in Bismarck, at the Bismarck Public Library’s Room C, 515 N. 5th St.
This is an update to the North Dakota State Rail Plan, the current version of which dates from 2007. It will aim to assess the state’s rail system and offer recommendations for policies, programs, processes, and projects that will improve rail-related safety and service. Representatives from NDDOT and Parsons Brinckerhoff, the firm hired to oversee the rail plan update, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss input.
A public survey, plan overview and contact information can be found at www.railplan.dot.nd.gov .
Written statements or comments must be mailed by June 16, 2016, to Ben Ehreth, NDDOT Planning/Asset Management Division, 608 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0700; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Input Meeting” in the subject heading.
Accommodations for people with disabilities, language interpretation for people with limited English proficiency, and translations of written materials necessary to access NDDOT programs and information can be requested by contacting Paula Messmer, Civil Rights Division, NDDOT at (701) 328-2978 or emailing to email@example.com. TTY users may use Relay North Dakota at 711 or (800) 366-6888.