SmartComment Hired for Dallas-to-Houston High-Speed Rail Project

Software Maker Providing Public Comment Support to Federal Railway Administration

Media Contact: Thomas Mullen
Phone: (310) 795-4196
E-mail: [email protected]

FEBRUARY 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES - SmartComment Software has been retained to provide a digital platform for the Federal Railway Administration to accept, manage and respond to public comments regarding a proposed high-speed rail project connecting Dallas and Houston.

The project, proposed by the private Texas Central Railway, is the subject of a public comment period for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared by the Federal Railway Administration.

The $15 billion project would create a dedicated high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, covering the roughly 240-mile trip in 90 minutes. A series of public meetings about the EIS are being held along the proposed route in January and February, with the public free to submit additional comments on the proposal to the Federal Railway Administration until March 9.

The agency and its consultants at AECOM are using SmartComment's platform to accept citizens' proposal-related comments, which can then be organized by topic in SmartComment's database, expressed in charts and graphs, and responded to via an integrated digital framework connecting relevant project team members.

"It's important that a project of this scale use the most innovative methods for engaging with citizens," said Tim Mullen, co-founder of Los Angeles-based SmartComment. "We look forward to making it easier for the public's comments to be heard, and for the agency to have powerful tools to respond to those comments in the most efficient and effective manner possible."

SmartComment provides a powerful online platform that allows agencies and organizations to efficiently manage multiple public comment periods, as well as analyze and maintain the components of each one. Besides providing the ability to accept any method of public comments, SmartComment's powerful suite of tools allows clients to organize comments by topic, location, and other criteria, and to efficiently respond to them. SmartComment has brought increased accessibility and transparency to a number of high-profile projects, including the Nanushuk oil discovery in Alaska, a proposed $5.4 billion extension of the 710 Freeway in Los Angeles, and a fracking regulation in the Delaware River Basin.

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