UPDATE: In response to public interest, the comment period on the Scoping Booklet/Draft Scoping Decision Document is being extended to August 22, 2014, an additional 16 days.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority, is preparing a Tier I Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate potential passenger rail alternatives for the Rochester - Twin Cities Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan (Zip Rail) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
As part of the Tier I EIS, a Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document have been prepared and are available for public review and comment. The documents describe the purpose and need for development of high-speed passenger rail service between Rochester and the Twin Cities and also provide information on alternatives that will be carried into the Tier 1 EIS. The Zip Rail study area includes an approximately 100-mile corridor between Rochester and the Twin Cities and is being examined for potential high-speed rail service. The study area includes Dakota, Dodge, Goodhue, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey and Rice Counties and various end points in the Twin Cities and Rochester area. Presently, there is not a continuous existing railroad connection between the Twin Cities and Rochester, so many of the potential corridors would create new transportation routes.
The Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document are available for public review on the project website, www.goziprail.org, or by hard copy at local government offices and libraries throughout the corridor.
Public information meetings are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for July 29 in Rochester, July 30 in Inver Grove Heights and July 31 in Kenyon. A brief presentation is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at each of the meetings. The public meetings will provide interested parties, stakeholders, and members of the public an opportunity to review the documents, ask questions and provide comments.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rochester Community and Technical College, Heintz Center Commons Area
1926 College View Road East, Rochester
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Inver Grove Community Center, Community Room 2
Thursday, July 31, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kenyon-Wanamingo High School, Commons Area and Auditorium
400 6th Street, Kenyon
Comments on the Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document will be accepted through August 6, 2014, and may be submitted at one of the public meetings, via e-mail, voicemail, or U.S. mail:
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Passenger Rail Office
ATTN: Zip Rail
395 John Ireland Boulevard, MS 470
St. Paul, MN 55155
To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter for the public meetings call 651-366-4720.*
To request other reasonable accommodations for the public meetings call 651-366-4718.*
Or email requests to ADArequest.firstname.lastname@example.org.*
*Please submit request at least seven days prior to the public meeting.
To request a document in an alternative format call 651-366-4718 or email your request to ADArequest.email@example.com.
Copies of the Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document will be available for public review at the following locations:
Comment Period Extended
Comment Period Extended to August 22, 2014