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Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study open houses #ChitoOma

May 01, 2012

AMES, Iowa – May 1, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation, is reminding the public about the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study’s in-person and online, self-directed open house meetings beginning later today through May 12, 2012.  

The open house is intended to illustrate various route alternatives, explain the process used to evaluate the route alternatives, discuss results of the alternatives analysis, and gain public input on the route alternatives.

The online meeting and route alternatives analysis report will be available later today on the study’s website at http://www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha/.

In-person open house meetings are scheduled as follows.

Chicago, Ill.
Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Union Station, 210 S. Canal St

Des Moines, Iowa
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: State Historical Society of Iowa Building Atrium, 600 E. Locust St
Free parking in garage on the corner of Grand Ave & Pennsylvania Ave)

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Mid-America Center, Rooms E/F, One Arena Way
(Free parking in Lot D on the south side of the building)

“Findings from the route alternatives analysis will be presented at in-person and online public meetings,” said Tamara Nicholson, Iowa DOT director of Rail Transportation. “Each meeting will contain the same information, so the public can feel free to visit us in-person or look at the meeting materials on their own time at our online meeting. We encourage all those interested to participate.”

The route alternatives analysis report will be available on the study’s website. Comments on the document can be provided on the website or at any of the in-person open house meetings, or be mailed to:

Tamara Nicholson, director
Office of Rail Transportation
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010

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 those without Internet access, all meeting materials, including a comment form, may be requested by calling the study’s toll-free line at 800-488-7119. Comments are also being accepted by calling this number. 

Federal and state laws prohibit employment and/or public accommodation discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at 800-457-4416 or Iowa Department of Transportation’s affirmative action officer. If you need accommodations because of a disability to access the Iowa Department of Transportation’s services, contact the agency’s affirmative action officer at 800-262-0003.

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Iowa highway in the evening