WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dates and locations of public outreach meetings to solicit input toward the development of the nation’s first National Rail Plan have been announced by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

The National Rail Plan will lay out a coordinated vision for future development of our nation’s freight and passenger rail networks. A final version of the plan will be released by September 15, 2010.

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

The moderated sessions will be held in five different regions and are open to media and the public. The schedule included, and includes, the following:

19 May – Kansas City, Mo.
20 May – Atlanta
26 May – New York
3 June – Salt Lake City
4 June – Portland

For more information, including specific event locations, please visit http://www.fra.dot.gov/pages/481.shtml.