Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. Task 109. Non-Rail Infrastructure Upgrade and/or New Construction Due to Passenger Rail Implementation

Passenger rail already is, and will continue to be, a driving force behind transportation system improvements and congestion relief. With many states' main transportation corridors at or reaching capacity, the pressure is on to find alternative modes of transportation to relieve demands on the roadway networks. Passenger rail is one of the answers; however, implementing, maintaining and operating a passenger rail system are extremely costly. One aspect not being highly factored into the cost is the needed upgrades or installation of infrastructure in areas surrounding and providing access to the rail lines and stations. Due to the fact that local, state and federal funds are severely constrained and are anticipated to remain that way for the foreseeable future, states now, more than ever, need to be able to create realistic budgets of needed expenditures. With many states studying the possibility of passenger rail service in the future or currently in the process of attempting to implement some form of passenger rail service, it is vital that state and local transportation agencies have access to information that will guide them in identifying all costs associated with the implementation of a passenger rail system, which includes upgrades to or the construction of infrastructure off the tracks and outside the stations. The research produced a guidebook to assist state and local transportation agencies in determining what the "true cost" of implementing passenger rail service will be by looking "beyond the tracks" and identifying upgrades to existing infrastructure and/or identifying new infrastructure that needs to be constructed in order to serve the movement of passengers to and from the rail stations.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-36, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Rand Corporation

    1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138
    Santa Monica, CA  United States  90401-2138
  • Start Date: 20111004
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120911
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38695

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549635
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-36, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 6 2015 1:00AM