High Speed Rail Cost/Benefit Analyses FOIA Request

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May 24, 2011

BY FACSIMILE - (202) 366-8536

Ms. Rosalind A. Knapp

Deputy General Counsel and Chief FOIA Officer

U.S. Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.

Departmental FOIA Office, W94-122

Washington, D.C. 20590

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear Ms. Knapp:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, et. seq., as amended, we respectfully request the following documents from files maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  1. Any and all cost-benefit analyses related to any high-speed rail network, including but not limited to the overall High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program, and including but not limited to any summaries or abstracts of such analyses.
  2. Any and all memoranda, guidance, directives, instructions and other documents – whether electronic or written and whether distributed internally or externally – relating to any and all cost-benefit analyses related to any high-speed rail network, including but not limited to the overall High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program.
  3. Any and all cost-benefit analyses related to any grants or any other funding – regardless of whether such grants have been funded or any other funding has been made – for state initiated high-speed rail networks, including but not limited to any summaries or abstracts of such analyses.
  4. Any and all memoranda, guidance, directives, instructions and other documents – whether electronic or written and whether distributed internally or externally – relating to any and all cost-benefit analyses related to any grants or other funding for state initiated high-speed rail networks, regardless of whether such grants have been funded or other funding has been made.
  5. Any and all documents related to Federal Railroad Administration program management and evaluation of any high-speed rail network proposals or ideas.

As required by FOIA, please provide redacted copies of documents if the document contains some information which is subject to a FOIA exemption. If any documents are fully withheld based on a FOIA exemption, please explain the basis of such full withholding.

We will assume financial responsibility for all necessary charges incurred, including costs of the search and duplication of files. Please contact me in advance at (202) 559-6428 if the cost will exceed $300.

Your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated. Please contact me as soon as possible at (202) 559-6428 if you are unable to fully process and respond to this request within the twenty (20) day response period provided for by the FOIA or if you have any questions related to this request. Although we believe our response is very narrowly targeted so that a full response can be provided in the 20-day response period, if some but not all of the requested documents cannot be provided in the 20-day response period, please provide a partial response with those documents that are available. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Respectfully submitted,


Steven Law