Future of Commuter Rail in North America

The objective of this research is to identify implementable and practical strategies for commuter rail services in North America that will facilitate recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, transformation, and continued relevance. The final deliverable should document proven strategies, emerging practices, and innovations being considered by domestic and international commuter rail service providers. The strategies should address areas such as travel demand, service planning, operations, maintenance, funding, infrastructure (e.g., right-of-way ownership and access rights), marketing, customer and community relations, and interorganizational relationships.  The research should address: ridership and revenue trends, service configurations and schedules, fares,  funding, cost management. equity, environmental and sustainability initiatives, and marketing and messaging.   


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-11, Task 45

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Performing Organizations:

    DB E.C.O. North America

    Sacramento, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lewis, Paul

  • Start Date: 20231204
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250415
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01866946
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-11, Task 45
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2022 9:30AM