Meeting Materials

FRA is engaging with State DOTs, Amtrak, Class I Railroads, metropolitan planning organizations, regional passenger rail authorities, local officials, federally recognized tribes, and the broader stakeholder community as we evaluate how to better connect people with long-distance rail services. 

Three series of regional working group meetings have been held in six regions across the country – Northeast, Southeast, Central, Midwest, Southwest, and Northwest. The first meeting series occurred in January and February 2023, and the second series was held in July 2023. The third meeting series took place in February 2024. FRA will hold additional working group meetings to keep stakeholders informed about the Study’s progress. 

Materials from the working group meetings held to date are available below. New materials will be posted after future working group meetings. 

If you have any comments or questions, please submit them via the web form on the homepage or to [email protected]. We ask that you submit feedback related to the third series of regional working group meetings by March 8, 2024 

Due to the breadth of the study, it may not be possible to respond to all feedback, but all feedback will be reviewed by the team and captured in our report. 

Meeting Series 3

February 2024

Overview Presentation

PowerPoint presentation contains information presented at the third round of stakeholder working group meetings for the FRA Long-Distance Service Study. Information includes a review of feedback received from previous outreach efforts and identification of the proposed network of preferred new long-distance routes. This presentation includes methodologies for conceptual route development, route evaluation, run times, capital cost estimating, and operations and maintenance cost estimating. This presentation also includes an overview of potential implementation timeframes and opportunities for ongoing collaboration and feedback.

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Meeting Series 2

July 2023

Overview Presentation

PowerPoint presentation containing information pertaining to the Long-Distance study scope, a review of stakeholder and public feedback, development of an enhanced network (which represents a wide range of possibilities for further consideration in developing potential new long-distance routes), comparison of enhanced and baseline networks, and regional working group meeting interactive activities related to potential new route development and opportunities for future stakeholder feedback. 

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Southeast Working Group Materials

Southeast Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically reviewing regional elements of the enhanced network for the Southeast region. Information includes metropolitan area travel flows, rural accessibility, geographic coverage and stakeholder input pertaining to the Southeast region. 

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Southeast Meeting Summary

Summary of engagement at the Southeast working group meeting on July 11, 2023.

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Southeast Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included two interactive activities focused on creating potential new long-distance routes, as well as an activity requesting stakeholder insights for ongoing feedback opportunities. 

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Central Working Group Materials

Central Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically reviewing regional elements of the enhanced network for the Central region. Information includes metropolitan area travel flows, rural accessibility, geographic coverage and stakeholder input pertaining to the Central region. 

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Central Meeting Summary

Summary of engagement at the Central working group meeting on July 13, 2023.   

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Central Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included two interactive activities focused on creating potential new long-distance routes, as well as an activity requesting stakeholder insights for ongoing feedback opportunities. 

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Northwest Working Group Materials

Northwest Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically reviewing regional elements of the enhanced network for the Northwest region. Information includes metropolitan area travel flows, rural accessibility, geographic coverage and stakeholder input pertaining to the Northwest region. 

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Northwest Meeting Summary

Summary of engagement at the Northwest working group meeting on July 18, 2023.   

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Northwest Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included two interactive activities focused on creating potential new long-distance routes, as well as an activity requesting stakeholder insights for ongoing feedback opportunities. 

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Southwest Working Group Materials

Southwest Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically reviewing regional elements of the enhanced network for the Southwest region. Information includes metropolitan area travel flows, rural accessibility, geographic coverage and stakeholder input pertaining to the Southwest region. 

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Southwest Meeting Summary

Summary of engagement at the Southwest working group meeting on July 20, 2023.   

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Southwest Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included two interactive activities focused on creating potential new long-distance routes, as well as an activity requesting stakeholder insights for ongoing feedback opportunities. 

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Northeast Working Group Materials

Northeast Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically reviewing regional elements of the enhanced network for the Northeast region. Information includes metropolitan area travel flows, rural accessibility, geographic coverage and stakeholder input pertaining to the Northeast region. 

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Northeast Meeting Summary

Summary of engagement at the Northeast working group meeting on July 25, 2023.   

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Northeast Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included two interactive activities focused on creating potential new long-distance routes, as well as an activity requesting stakeholder insights for ongoing feedback opportunities. 

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Midwest Working Group Materials

Midwest Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically reviewing regional elements of the enhanced network for the Midwest region. Information includes metropolitan area travel flows, rural accessibility, geographic coverage and stakeholder input pertaining to the Midwest region. 

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Midwest Meeting Summary

Summary of engagement at the Midwest working group meeting on July 27, 2023.   

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Midwest Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included two interactive activities focused on creating potential new long-distance routes, as well as an activity requesting stakeholder insights for ongoing feedback opportunities. 

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Meeting Series 1

February 2023

Overview Presentation

PowerPoint presentation containing national overview information pertaining to Long-Distance service, scope of the FRA Amtrak Daily Long-Distance Service Study, overview of current national Long-Distance network and routes, overview of discontinued routes, baseline and market conditions, potential new market conditions and opportunities, evaluation factors, coordination opportunities with Amtrak and the community, and study next steps.  

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Working Group Meeting Summary

Summary of engagement at the six regional working groups.  

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Southeast Working Group Materials

Southeast Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically for the Southeast region. Information includes current long-distance network and routes and baseline and market conditions pertaining to the Southeast region.  

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Southeast Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included brainstorming questions for working group members to consider, including previously discontinued routes, frequencies and service changes, potential new routes, and evaluation factors.

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Northeast Working Group Materials

Northeast Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically for the Northeast region. Information includes current long-distance network and routes and baseline and market conditions pertaining to the Northeast region.  

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Northeast Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included brainstorming questions for working group members to consider, including previously discontinued routes, frequencies and service changes, potential new routes, and evaluation factors 

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Central Working Group Materials

Central Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically for the Central region. Information includes current long-distance network and routes and baseline and market conditions pertaining to the Central region.

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Central Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included brainstorming questions for working group members to consider, including previously discontinued routes, frequencies and service changes, potential new routes, and evaluation factors 

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Midwest Working Group Materials

Midwest Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically for the Midwest region. Information includes current long-distance network and routes and baseline and market conditions pertaining to the Midwest region. 

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Midwest Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included brainstorming questions for working group members to consider, including previously discontinued routes, frequencies and service changes, potential new routes, and evaluation factors 

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Northwest Working Group Materials

Northwest Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically for the Northwest region. Information includes current long-distance network and routes and baseline and market conditions pertaining to the Northwest region.  

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Northwest Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included brainstorming questions for working group members to consider, including previously discontinued routes, frequencies and service changes, potential new routes, and evaluation factors 

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Southwest Working Group Materials

Southwest Presentation

PowerPoint of slides specifically for the Southwest region. Information includes current long-distance network and routes and baseline and market conditions pertaining to the Southwest region.  

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Southwest Mural Exercise

Snapshot of the Mural exercise from the working group meeting. The Mural exercise included brainstorming questions for working group members to consider, including previously discontinued routes, frequencies and service changes, potential new routes, and evaluation factors 

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