Town Council Public Meeting on Railroad EIS – January 10

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) plans to bisect Charlestown with a new high-speed track.

The Charlestown Town Council will hold a public meeting on the Federal Railroad Administration North East Corridor Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement. In anticipation of filing formal comments, the Town Council will be holding a public meeting:

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Where: Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria – 363 Carolina Back Road

At the meeting, the Town Council will take comments from the public as part of their formal response to the Federal Railroad Administration.

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The Town has also alerted U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representative James Langevin, Governor Gina Raimondo, State Senator Dennis Algiere, State Senator Elaine Morgan and State Representative Blake Filippi of this report and requested their assistance with any concerns the Council and residents of Charlestown may have with this proposal.

Please take the time to attend the meeting and express your concerns. Written copies of your comments would be very helpful and will be included in the record. If you are not available for the meeting, please consider sending your comments directly to:

U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
One Bowling Green, Suite 429
New York, NY 10004

or by email at

To submit comments to the Charlestown Town Council please email at or write care of the:

Administrator’s Office Town Hall
4540 South County Trail
Charlestown, RI 02813

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) plans to bisect Charlestown with a new high-speed track that runs from its western edge through homes in the bucolic Burdickville village, across a four-generation farm-to-table operation on top of Schumankanuc Hill, over Native-American tribal land, through the center of the 1,100-acre Carter Preserve (owned by The Nature Conservancy), and splitting the Revolutionary-era Amos Green Farm, and adjacent properties protected by conservation easements, and federally funded Historic Columbia Heights housing, and then onto Richmond and South Kingstown where it will continue taking private property and filling wetlands. Conservation land in Westerly is also impacted as well as the Wild and Scenic Pawcatuck River.

The FRA will be accepting comments on the report until January 31, 2017.

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