Inventory of State Passenger and Freight Rail Programs

The National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP) was authorized as part of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PL 100-432, Division B), to conduct applied research on a broad array of problems important to freight, intercity, and commuter rail practitioners. The primary goal is to implement a research program that improves industry response to common operating problems, while enhancing the rail industry's ability to identify appropriate innovations and new technologies from other industries. One area of concern expressed by state departments of transportation (DOTs) is a growing need to identify innovative funding mechanisms applicable to rail infrastructure planning, development, and operation. Toward that end, a broad knowledge of what rail programs exist at the federal and state levels and how these programs have been used will assist in furthering future research efforts. This research solicitation is for preparation of a targeted study of selected, innovative or noteworthy state passenger and freight rail programs through a quick response and to make that study available to affected state DOTs in support of future infrastructure funding efforts, applicable at any stage of infrastructure development (from planning to construction). Providing an inventory of existing programs would assist practitioners in designing and implementing new rail programs without having to recreate the process each time a new or expanded system is proposed. An accessible inventory, coupled with a usable analysis, would offer practitioners an opportunity to examine how other states have approached transportation and rail funding requirements. This information would help guide plan preparation and improve efficiency and effectiveness. The objective of this quick response study is three-fold: (1) To prepare an inventory of existing state passenger and freight rail programs; (2) To identify innovative funding mechanisms in this inventory; and (3) To conduct an analysis of targeted innovative funding programs extracted from this inventory that may be of use to other state/local governments.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 07-03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP)

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Goldstein, Lawrence

  • Performing Organizations:

    Prime Focus, LLP

  • Principal Investigators:

    Ogard, Elizabeth

  • Start Date: 20131119
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37789

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543737
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 07-03
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2014 1:02AM