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Public Involvement

Issuance of Draft EIS and Public Comment Period & Meetings

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 provided a public comment period that ended on October 14, 2022.

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

Grabación de la reunión pública del 9/19/22 - Español

Draft EIS Public Meeting Flyer (PDF, 0.3MB)

Public Comment Period Meeting Transcripts

Thursday, September 8, 2022
Transcript of 9/8/22 Meeting (PDF, 0.9MB)

Monday, September 12, 2022
Transcript of 9/12/22 Meeting (PDF, 2.6MB)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Transcript of 9/13/22 Meeting (PDF, 1.9MB)

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Transcript of 9/14/22 Meeting (PDF, 0.4MB)

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Transcript of 9/15/22 Meeting (PDF, 0.8MB)

Monday, September 19, 2022
Transcript of 9/19/22 Meeting (PDF, 1.0MB)

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)


Contact Us

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EIS Information Line: (888) 319-2337