UPDATED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 8:37pm
Texas Department of Transportation — TxDOT is seeking the public's input regarding the possibility of a passenger rail going through Texas and Oklahoma. This week, TxDOT officials are meeting with residents from Waco, Austin, and Belton to research the viability of the passenger rail line.
According to a press release from TxDOT, "The federally-funded Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study (TOPRS) will evaluate existing passenger rail services in an 850-mile corridor from Oklahoma City to south Texas as a potential future transportation option that can help reduce demands on the state’s roadways, particularly along the highly-congested I-35. These open houses are the first step in a very inclusive process aimed at gathering public input for the study. The above open houses are three of 12 such meetings taking place in March and April along the corridor. The public may view all of the open house locations/dates and provide comments online at www.TXOKrail.org,".
The meetings take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
• March 25 – Waco – Heart of Texas COG, 1514 S. New Road
• March 27 – Austin – TxDOT Austin District Office, 7901 N. I-35, Bldg. 7
• April 1 – Belton – Central Texas COG, 2180 N. Main St.