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43203_Logo_3MassDOT and the Vermont Agency of Transportation will hold two public meetings on the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative (NNEIRI) to examine more frequent and higher speed intercity passenger rail service along the Boston-Springfield-Montreal and Boston-Springfield-New Haven corridors.  The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 PM, Hotel Coolidge, 39 S Main Street White River Junction, VT

Thursday, January 23, 7:00 PM, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield

Each meeting will begin with a presentation on the scope of the NNEIRI study, status of the project, and schedule of future activities. As these meetings are the initial public meetings of the study, the presentation will include identification of the types and locations of intercity rail service that will be considered, including integration with recent and planned rail improvements within Northern New England. Additionally, the draft Purpose and Need of the study will be presented for public input.

The presentation is scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer period. 

The goal of the NNEIRI Study is to examine the implementation and operation of more frequent and higher speed intercity passenger rail service on two existing rail corridors – Boston-Springfield-Montreal and Boston-Springfield-New Haven. It will build upon existing plans and projects to upgrade rail in these corridors, focusing on incremental improvements to the rail facilities.  The study will result in a draft service development plan for each passenger rail corridor and the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Study, the first document necessary to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for high-speed rail service along both the Inland Route and the Boston-Montreal Corridor.

The study is being overseen by a partnership of MassDOT and VTrans with support from Federal Railroad Administration and in collaboration with Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Ministère des Transports du Québec.

For more information please see the website: http://www.mass.gov/massdot/northernnewenglandrail.

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