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5/18/2010



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FRA schedules public sessions to scrutinize proposed National Rail Plan


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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is soliciting input on the development of the first-ever National Rail Plan. To that end, the agency recently scheduled five moderated sessions open to the public and media that will review the plan’s purpose and evolution.

The National Rail Plan will provide a coordinated vision for future development of the nation’s freight- and passenger-rail networks, according to the FRA. The agency plans to release a final version of the plan by mid-September.

The sessions will be held May 19 in Kansas City, Mo.; May 20 in Atlanta; May 26 in New York City; June 3 in Salt Lake City; and June 4 in Portland, Ore.

“The development of the National Rail Plan must be a collaborative effort,” said FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo in a prepared statement. “We want to work with states, communities, businesses, transportation experts and the public to make sure our future transportation needs are met.”


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