TxDOT holding Public Meetings on Passenger Rail Study

January 17th, 2014


Dear Friend,

As supporters of expanding public transportation in Texas, we wanted to pass along this information about upcoming meetings in your area on a study being conducted by TxDOT on possible new rail service in Texas and Oklahoma.


David Weinberg, Texas League of Conservation Voters

Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study
Texas’ population and economy are booming, with much of its growth occurring in the already-congested I-35 corridor. While TxDOT continues to explore roadway improvements to keep us and our economy moving, other options, such as passenger rail service, fit the needs of many travelers and would reduce demand on the state’s roadways. Through the Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study, TxDOT is studying how passenger rail service could fit this corridor.
TXDOT wants to hear from youThe Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study project team has reviewed possible rail routes and types of service and has recommended a few alternatives for further study. It’s your chance to review these recommendations and let TxDOT know if these are the right choices to study in more detail. Can’t make a public meeting? All materials and a comment form are available online at

The study is looking at a range of passenger rail service options along the 850-mile IH-35 corridor from Oklahoma City to South Texas. The study will end with a service-level environmental impact statement (EIS). Comments on the draft alternatives are due by February 28, 2013.

A PDF of TxDOT’s Alternatives Public Meeting Presentation, including maps of proposed alternative routes in the North, Central, and South sections of Texas can be found by clicking here.

To provide comments:

• Mail to: Mark Werner, Rail Division, TxDOT, 125 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701-2483

• Submit comments at

• Attend one of the public meetings listed below

Public Meeting Schedule
Waco, TXMonday, January 27

6 – 8 p.m.

Heart of Texas COG

1514 S. New Rd.

Austin, TXTuesday, January 28

6 – 8 p.m.

Cepeda Branch Austin Public Library

651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.

McAllen, TXWednesday, January 29

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Main McAllen Public Library

4001 N. 23rd St.

Laredo, TXThursday, January 30

6 – 8 p.m.

Texas A&M Int’l University

5201 University Blvd.

Oklahoma City, OKMonday, February 3

6 – 8 p.m.

Metro Tech Center

1901 Springlake Dr.

Ardmore, OKTuesday, February 4

6 -8 p.m.

Ardmore Train Station

251 E. Main St.

Arlington, TXWednesday, February 5

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

N. Central Texas COG

616 Six Flags Dr.

San Antonio, TXThursday, February 6

6 – 8 p.m.

Via Metro Transit Center

1021 San Pedro Ave.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aides or services are requested to contact Mark Werner at (512) 486-5137 at least three days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.