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 completing the combined Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for approval by the FRA. Responses to comments received during the Draft EIS Public Hearing period held from September to December of 2014 are included in the document. Also included will be the Program’s selected route and service alternative for the corridor. The Final EIS/ROD is targeted for completion by the summer of 2016. The Service Development Plan is also underway and will be completed by summer of 2016. These documents will be available on the Program website when completed.
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.