Railroad to outline plans at Anchorage open house

The public can review and comment on the capital improvement projects planned by the Alaska Railroad Corp. at an open house Jan. 9 in Anchorage.

People will have a chance to get a detailed look at several projects the railroad is planning in 2002 from Seward to Fairbanks, with an emphasis on Anchorage-area projects, said Patrick Flynn, railroad spokesman.

Project managers will be on hand to explain projects that include repairing and improving the 525-mile mainline track and to discuss new facilities, equipment and services, Flynn said.

Specific projects to be discussed will be the Anchorage rail yard expansion; Ship Creek master plan and pedestrian amenities; South Anchorage double track; Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport rail depot; Anchorage-to-Wasilla track realignment; and a recently published commuter rail study for Southcentral Alaska, Flynn said.

"The open house is to let people know what we’re up to, and for them to offer some thoughts on what may make a project better from their point of view,’’ Flynn said.

Many projects proposed in 2002 are funded all or in part by the Federal Transit Administration or the Federal Railroad Administration, which require the railroad to hold such a venue, Flynn said.

The open house is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Anchorage Depot, 411 W. First Ave.

Those unable to attend the open house can visit (www.AlaskaRailroad.com) for project information. Written comments may be e-mailed to ([email protected]) or mailed to Alaska Railroad Capital Projects, P.O. Box 107500, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500.

01/06/2002 - 8:00pm