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The Connecticut and Pennsylvania departments of transportation are seeking public feedback on drafts of their state rail plans.
CTDOT will present the 2022-26 Draft State Rail Plan Update at a public hearing to be held Sept. 30 with the state general assembly's joint transportation and finance, revenue and bonding committees. The plan is being developed in accordance with federal laws and will be presented to the U.S. Department of Transportation after it's completed.
The plan contains the state's mission, vision and values for rail transportation's role in an intermodal network. It provides an overview and inventory of the passenger- and freight-rail systems and facilities in Connecticut, the services provided, and asset conditions and constraints.
The plan ultimately aims to support the state's role in developing an expanded, interconnected rail system with adjoining states and to advance high-speed, intercity and freight investments in the region, CTDOT officials said in a press release.
Meanwhile, PennDOT is soliciting public comments on a revised draft of its 2045 Freight Movement Plan, which provides information on the state's efforts to continually improve the safe and efficient movements of freight statewide. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 5.
The freight plan helps ensure the state remains eligible for federal funding under the National Highway Freight Program, which will add an average of $58.5 million to Pennsylvania's freight program.
Developed in conjunction with industry stakeholders over a two-year period, the plan addresses state federal provisions for freight planning, including those from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.