------------NEW ADDITIONS TO EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST AS OF DECEMBER 29. 2022----------------
56) Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) - (Kansas City Metro Area)
Expressing support for the northern extension of Amtrak's Heartland Flyer to Newton, KS. MARC includes the extension in its Connected KC 2050 plan
, which they envision facilitating rail service between Kansas City and Oklahoma City.
57) Minnesota Department of Transportation
Expression of Interest as part of a .pdf file my system cannot open. If anyone else can open it, please post the content and I'll add it in here. Thanks.
ETA- Thanks to Metra Electric Rider
, the MNDOT PDF revealed the following routes -
58) Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) - Northern Flyer Alliance
1. Northern Lights Express corridor.
2. MSP - MKE - CHI (TCMC) Corridor
a) MSP-ST Paul
b) route via Madison
c) route via Eau Claire
3. MSP - Des Moines to KC, MO
4. CHI via MSP to Seattle (North Coast Hiawatha Corridor)
5. MSP to Sioux Falls, SD
6. MSP to Sioux City, IA
Requesting the inclusion of the northern extension of the Heartland Flyer into the Corridor ID program.
59) Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Expression of Interest for the proposed Commonwealth Corridor, which would connect the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area to Richmond, Charlottesville, and Southwest Virginia by rail.
60) North Carolina Department of Transportation
In addition to the joint EOI filed with Virginia DOT for new Washington, DC to Charlotte, NC service , and a joint EOI with Georgia and South Carolina DOTs for a new Charlotte to Atlanta corridor, NC DOT requests the inclusion of the following corridors, which will serve to enhance their current state-supported rail service-
-Salisbury to Asheville
-Wilmington, NC to Raleigh
-Charlotte to Kings Mountain, NC
-Greenville, NC to Raleigh
-Winston-Salem to Raleigh
-Hamlet, NC to Raleigh
-Morehead City, NC to Raleigh
-Fayetteville, NC to Raleigh
-Winston-Salem to Charlotte
A rail advocacy group expressing interest and support for a new rail corridor connecting Chicago, IL to Dubuque and Waterloo, IA, with an eventual extension of the route to Mason City, IA, Owatonna and St. Paul, MN.
Claims the MPO for Dubuque, IA, ecia.org, will be submitting an Expression of Interest. Also claims that IDOT completed an new study of the proposed route in 2022, but I have yet to locate it.
62) Texans Against High-Speed Rail
More like an Expression of Disinterest. "Boondoggle"...argle-bargle...
The Corridor ID Program has taken the next step forward. On December 20, 2022, the FRA posted on the Federal Register the details for the actual application process into Corridor ID
Applications must be submitted by March 20, 2023.
Here is a PDF version of the Federal Register posting, for anyone who wishes to download it.