Introduction to Public Outreach for Pre-NEPA Work

The City of Fort Wayne and Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA), in cooperation with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), is proposing to restore intercity passenger rail service along nearly 130 miles of CSX freight rail line running across northern Indiana, serving major population centers including Fort Wayne, with service continuing into Lima, Ohio. The project study corridor traverses from east to west through two counties in Ohio, Allen and Van Wert and through eight (8) Indiana counties, also from east to west, Allen, Whitley, Kosciusko, Marshall, Starke, La Porte, Porter and Lake.  This pre-NEPA work will focus on alternative analysis and service development.


Federal law requires the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for surface transportation projects that require approval by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The Chicago–Fort Wayne Passenger Rail Corridor study is conducting pre-NEPA Alternatives Analysis to determine the best alternative to meet future transportation needs across northern Indiana and on into Ohio. The FRA has allowed the corridor partners to conduct this pre-NEPA analysis work in order to clarify whether a proposed passenger rail corridor is necessary to meet travel demand and, if needed, which route has the most potential for success. 

This Alternatives Analysis will assist in the decision-making process as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] 4321 et seq.), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for implementing the provisions of NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500 through 1508), and FRA's policies and procedures.