The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) conducted an open house and public hearing on the final draft rail plan on Tuesday, December 10, at WisDOT's Southwest Region Office in Madison. The final draft Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 and SEE were available for public review and comment through December 30, 2013.
Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030: Consultation and outreach during draft plan development
WisDOT develops transportation plans in cooperation with the public, state and federal review agencies. WisDOT offered a variety of statewide public outreach activities and options throughout the Wisconsin State Rail Plan 2030 planning process. Activities included consultation meetings, a stakeholder workshop, and statewide surveys. Chapter 2 of the Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 includes a section on the draft plan outreach efforts. Chapter 12 describes the Environmental Justice Analysis completed during the development of the draft plan.
WisDOT followed the public participation requirements identified under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) of 2008, and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), and is consistent with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) of 2012. In addition, the plan was developed pursuant to the requirements of section 135 of title 23, United States Code.
To help organize the plan development outreach effort, WisDOT developed a public participation plan that describes the public involvement activities WisDOT used during the development of the long-range rail plan.
Previous transportation planning efforts helped to shape the development of the Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030. These include the 2004 Wisconsin Rail Issues and Opportunities Report and Connections 2030. Both of these planning efforts included extensive public outreach and resulted in a significant amount of feedback specific to rail issues and needs statewide. These efforts are documented as part of the Public Participation Plan discussed above.