The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dallas - Fort Worth Core Express service under a grant issued to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and FRA by the United States Department of Transportation. The EIS will evaluate environmental implications of route and operation alternatives for a passenger rail between the two cities which currently has rail service only by Amtrak’s limited long distance Texas Eagle. The EIS is being prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the preparation is being managed by TxDOT. FRA is the lead federal agency providing oversight and responsibility for the final decision on project implementation.
The rail service will be by means of an as-yet undetermined technology and will establish connectivity with other transportation services in Dallas and Fort Worth, including two planned high-speed rail systems serving Dallas – Houston and Dallas –Austin – San Antonio. The final alignment has not been determined, but it is anticipated that the rail service could utilize one of a number of existing transportation corridors with other existing linear infrastructure, such as railroads, roads, and utilities. The results of the EIS will inform and support FRA’s decision on technology, route alignment, rail service station location, operational configuration and other project details.
FRA published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on September 5, 2014. The public scoping comment period ends on December 15, 2014. Three public scoping meetings will be held in November. Dates and locations for those meetings are:
|City||Date and Time||Location|
|Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center
Second Floor Community Room (100-150)
1001 Jones Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
|North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)
Transportation Council Room
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76005
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
TxDot has additional information about the project and the scoping meetings on their Dallas/Fort Worth Core Express Service website.
Written comments on the scope of the EIS may be mailed or emailed to Michael Johnsen, Lead Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Program Delivery, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, MS-20, Washington, DC 20590 or Michael.email@example.com.
Texas also has additional information on their Commission for High-Speed Rail in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Region website.