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Alaska Railroad Schedules Open House in Anchorage to Discuss Proposed Capital Project Plans for 2010

 

Additional open house events in Wasilla, Fairbanks and Seward

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) invites the public to an open house 4:00-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, at the Railroad’s Historic Rail Depot at 411 West First Avenue (Ship Creek). The venue provides an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects (POP) for 2010.

The open house will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects that are in various stages – from conceptual planning to engineering and construction. Project managers will be on-hand to explain projects that are located all along the railroad system from Seward to Fairbanks, with an emphasis on projects located in and around Anchorage, Southcentral Alaska and system-wide, including:

· Ship Creek Intermodal Transportation Center (Phase Two)

· Ship Creek Security Fencing

· Rail Capacity Improvements, Anchorage Yard (MP 114) to Airport Spur (MP 110)

· Historic Freight Shed LEED-certified Office Space Renovation (an Alaska first)

· Southcentral Alaska Commuter Rail Study Update

· Port MacKenzie Rail Extension

· Positive Train Control (Collision Avoidance System)

· Wheel Impact Load Detector

· Bridge and Track Replacements and Rehabilitation

The Anchorage event is the first in a series of POP Open House events. Open Houses in other locations are scheduled as follows:

· Wasilla – 4:00-6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 21 – Evangelo’s Restaurant, 2530 E. Parks Highway. Emphasis will be on projects located in and around the Mat-Su Valley and Southcentral Alaska.

· Fairbanks – 4:00-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, at the Alaska Railroad Depot, 1745 Johansen Expressway. Emphasis will be on projects located in Interior Alaska. 

· Seward – 10:00a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, February 19 – Breeze Inn, 303 N. Harbor Street. Emphasis will be on projects located in and around Seward and Southcentral Alaska.

The Alaska Railroad has budgeted approximately $43.1 million in new spending for capital improvements in 2010. About $14.3 million will come from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants. This amount includes a required 9% matching contribution from the Alaska Railroad. In addition to FTA grant match, ARRC will spend another $19.1 million toward internally-funded capital projects using revenues generated from passenger, freight and real estate activity. Finally, the railroad will spend about $9.7 million of funds generated from the sale of revenue bonds that were sold in 2006 and 2007. Bonds are repaid with FTA formula fund appropriations.

People unable to attend the open house events may visit www.AlaskaRailroad.com for project information. Questions about the projects or open houses may also be directed to Corporate Communications Officer Stephenie Wheeler at 265-2671. Written comments may be e-mailed to public_comment@akrr.com or mailed to Alaska Railroad Capital Projects, P.O. Box 107500, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500.

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