The Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the program was released for public review on Sept. 19, 2014. Public Hearings were held at the end of October 2014 in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. The public comment period ended Dec. 19, 2014.
The program team is in the process of reviewing and preparing responses to public and agency comments. Responses to the comments will be included in the Tier 1 Final EIS, which is scheduled for release in summer 2015. After a 30-day public comment period, FRA will consider issuing a Record of Decision. The ROD will present FRA’s final decision on the Tier 1 EIS and it will identify the program’s selected route and service alternative for the corridor.
The presentation summarizes the results of the Tier 1 Draft EIS and provides the same information presented at the public hearings. The presentation includes links to additional information and allows you to activate a voice recording.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has initiated a program to evaluate passenger rail improvements for the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac passenger rail corridor. The program is being prepared in partnership with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and in association with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
The purpose of the program is to improve intercity mobility by providing an improved passenger rail service that would be a competitive transportation alternative to automobile, bus and air service between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac, Mich. The program will provide sufficient information for the FRA to potentially support future decisions to fund and implement a major investment in the passenger rail corridor.
This website is being provided to keep you informed about the program and to provide opportunities for you to give input.