SANTA FE – The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the railroad program.
The Rail Plan, which is a federal requirement, sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation. It identifies current and future passenger and freight rail facilities, services, needs, issues and opportunities. The plan also evaluates the benefits, costs and efficiency of potential new projects and services and prioritizes these after considering funding availability and other factors affecting implementation.
The NMDOT has posted the Rail Plan on its web site, http://dot.state.nm.us, asking for public comment through Jan.3. In addition, the NMDOT will be soliciting public comment through the State’s regional planning organizations in October, November and December. The first of these meetings will be at the Mid-Region Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) meeting to be held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at in the MRCOG Board Room, 809 Copper Avenue NW, Albuquerque.
The NMDOT will hold additional public meetings in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. Dates and locations for these meetings have yet to be finalized.
The New Mexico State Rail Plan is developed by the NMDOT, working in cooperation with state, local and tribal transportation agencies, regional planning organizations, railroads and other rail stakeholders. The NMDOT Rail Bureau will take comments via email at Rail.Plan@state.nm.us.