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Interest exceeds capacity at state rail planning workshops

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Date:  Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Contact: Laura Kingman, communications and marketing manager, 360-705-7904 (Olympia)

Another workshop scheduled for Nov. 29 in Seattle

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to help develop the next statewide rail plan  and shape the future of rail at a newly scheduled public workshop in Seattle. Recent workshops in Spokane and Seattle were at capacity, and the upcoming Seattle workshop already has several participants registered.

The state rail plan is a component of Washington’s statewide multi-modal transportation plan. It will guide the Washington State Department of Transportation toward strategic rail partnerships and establish priorities for making efficient, cost-effective investments that support communities, the economy and the environment. With development assistance from consultant Cambridge Systematics, the new plan will meet federal and state requirements and propose five and 20-year strategies to improve the rail system. WSDOT will release the final plan by the end of 2013.

“The state rail plan will serve as a strategic blueprint for future public investment in the state's freight and passenger rail network,” said WSDOT State Rail and Marine Director John Sibold. “We are pleased so many people want to participate and share their views.”

The goal of the workshops is to help WSDOT define the state rail plan vision statement, goals and objectives.

Workshop Date/Time/Location:
November 29, 2012, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes Reception Room
600 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

People are requested to RSVP to 360-705-7900 or via email at rail@wsdot.wa.gov so nametags and materials can be provided while conserving resources. Groups unable to attend are encouraged to use the contact information above to request an onsite briefing or visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Rail/staterailplan.htm to view project materials and submit comments.  

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.


 


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