CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 12, regarding the proposed construction of a new passenger locomotive and railcar maintenance facility in Charlotte, replacing the existing facility next to the Norfolk Southern Railway yard.
The purpose of the proposed facility is to serve the increasing number of conventional passenger trains and support the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor. The proposed facility will be in the vicinity of West Summit Avenue and West Carson Boulevard and will include:
· Enclosure for major maintenance operations;
· Fuel pad and onsite fuel tank;
· Additional space for spare parts and equipment storage;
· Enclosed train wash facility; and
· Train crew base for as many as 20 crew members.
The hearing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Calvary Methodist Church Social Hall, 512 West Boulevard in Charlotte. Interested citizens can attend any time during those hours to speak with NCDOT representatives and submit questions or comments in writing, as there will not be a formal presentation.
The public can view maps displaying the location and design of the project and a copy of the Environmental Assessment online at http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings, as well as at the following locations:
· City of Charlotte – Office of the City Manager
600 East 4th St., Charlotte
· Division 10 District Engineer’s Office
7605 District Dr., Charlotte
For additional information, contact Diane Wilson, NCDOT-Human Environment Section at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1598, by phone at (919) 707-6073 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be received no later than Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Wilson as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.
Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.