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Friday, January 6, 2017

January 10 town meeting on AMTRAK proposal


Charlestown Town Hall


North East Corridor (NEC)
Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

The Town Council has recently received notice from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on their North East Corridor (NEC) Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS proposes changes to the current rail route from Boston MA to Washington DC. A portion of that route affects property owners within the Town of Charlestown. The FRA will be accepting comments on the report until January 31, 2017.
In anticipation of filing formal comments, the Town Council will be holding a public meeting:
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria
363 Carolina Back Road
At the meeting, the Town Council will take comments from the public as part of their formal response to the FRA. The Town has also alerted U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representative James Langevin, Governor Gina Raimondo, State Senator Dennis Algiere, State Senator Elaine Morgan and State Representative Blake Filippi of this report and requested their assistance with any concerns the Council and residents of Charlestown may have with this proposal.
The NEC Tier 1 EIS is available for viewing at the Town's website  http://www.charlestownri.org/ Click here under Amtrak or directly at http://www.necfuture.com/tier1_eis/feis/ Click here. The Town Council would appreciate you taking the time to attend the meeting and expressing your concerns. Written copies of your comments would be very helpful and will be included in the record. If you are not available for the meeting, please consider sending your comments directly to U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration, One Bowling Green, Suite 429, New York, NY 10004 or by email at info@necfuture.com Click here. To submit comments to the Charlestown Town Council please email at  Amtrak-Comments@charlestownri.org or write care of the Administrator's Office, Town Hall, 4540 South County Trail.


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