Blaine meeting will shape state rail plan

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 24, 2013 

BLAINE - The public is invited to a discussion on the state's long-term rail plan on Thursday, May 30.

The three-hour meeting will focus on Amtrak service and international coordination of rail systems. Coal trains are a piece of the puzzle that must be accounted for in the plan, but Thursday's meeting is not a venue to debate the environmental impacts of coal, Blaine Public Works Director Ravyn Whitewolf said.

The meeting, which includes small-group work sessions for attendees, starts at 9 a.m. and takes place at Blaine City Hall, 435 Martin St.

The state Department of Transportation intends to release the plan by the end of the year.

For more information call City Hall, 360-332-8820, or go to wsdot.wa.gov/Rail/staterailplan.

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