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Issuance of Draft EIS and Public Comment Period & Meetings NEW

The Surface Transportation Board’s (Board) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has prepared a Draft EIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act for the Proposed Acquisition. The Draft EIS is available for viewing and downloading and at the Board’s website ( OEA is providing a public comment period that will end on October 14, 2022. During the comment period, members of the public may mail written comments or submit electronic comments through the environmental comment form on this page or on the Board’s website at Please refer to Docket No. FD 36500 in all correspondence.

Public Meeting Dates and Details NEW

OEA held three online public meetings and four in-person public meetings during the comment period at which members of the public could provide oral comments on the Draft EIS. All meeting dates and times are listed below (all times are listed in Central Daylight Time [CDT]).

Recording of the 9/19/22 Online Public Meeting - English (Vimeo) NEW

Grabación de la reunión pública del 9/19/22 - Español (Vimeo) NEW

Draft EIS Public Meeting Flyer (PDF, 0.3MB)

Online Public Meetings:

Online link: Virtual Meeting Room
Note: Project information will be available for review at this link prior to and after the public meeting dates.

September 7, 2022, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

September 8, 2022, 12-2 p.m. (CDT)

September 19, 2022, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

In-Person Public Meetings:

September 12, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m. (CDT) in Itasca, Illinois
The Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Boulevard, Itasca, Illinois 60143

September 13, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m. (CDT) in Davenport, Iowa
The River Center, 136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801

September 14, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m. (CDT) in Excelsior Springs, Missouri
The Montgomery Event Venue, 425 S. Thompson Avenue, Excelsior Springs, Missouri 64024

September 15, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m. (CDT) in Beaumont, Texas  NEW LOCATION
Downtown Event Centre, 700 Crockett Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701

These meetings will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons who need additional special accommodations should call the toll-free project information line: 1-888-319-2337. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For further information about the Board’s environmental review process and the Draft EIS, you may browse this project website.

Previous public involvement opportunities

OEA issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS on November 12, 2021 and published it in the Federal Register on the same day. In the NOI, OEA invited public comments on the scope of the EIS by December 17, 2021. OEA held six online public scoping meetings November 30, 2021 – December 9, 2021 (see meeting transcripts below). OEA received requests for an extension of the scoping comment period and advised the public and all interested parties that the comment period was extended to January 3, 2022. The Final Scope of Study for the EIS was published February 18, 2022 and is available on the Documents page.

Notice of Public Scoping Comment Period Extension (PDF, 0.1MB)

All public scoping comments are compiled in the STB’s Environmental Comments section. Use the Search STB Records button and enter Docket No. FD 36500 to view comments and other environmental correspondence related to the project.

Public Scoping Meeting Transcripts

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Transcript of 11/30/21 Meeting (PDF, 0.9MB)

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Transcript of 12/1/21 Meeting (PDF, 0.7MB)

Thursday, December 2, 2021
Transcript of 12/2/21 Meeting (PDF, 0.7MB)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Transcript of 12/7/21 Meeting (PDF, 0.7MB)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Transcript of 12/8/21 Meeting (PDF, 0.7MB)

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Transcript of 12/9/21 Meeting (PDF, 1.0MB)


Submit your Draft EIS comments here

Your participation is important to this process! Use the form below to submit your comments regarding the CP/KCS Acquisition Draft EIS and/or sign-up for updates.

For uploading comments with supporting documents (e.g. Word, Excel, PDF, PNG, etc.), please use the STB Environmental Comments (E-Filing) form.

Please note: The maximum length of comments allowed in the form below is 2000 characters (including spaces). The Public Comment Period is open through October 14, 2022. By submitting your comments, you consent to have your comments shared publicly on the Environmental Comments section of the STB website.

Contact Us

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EIS Information Line: (888) 319-2337