The Impact of the Louisiana Rail Infrastructure: A System Analysis and Plan

The objectives of this research are to work with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) to obtain way bill data; provide an updated Geographic Information System mapping of rail infrastructure with associated freight flow data; provide the necessary updates to the 2015 state rail plan per the requirements of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) of 2008; using waybill data, in conjunction with Implan, determine the current economic impact of rail in Louisiana and a benefit/cost analysis of potential future investments; outline the funding sources for rail including federal and state funding (including but not limited to USDOT, USDA, and DRA), and capital grant programs; identify areas with the potential to implement Public Private Partnerships; and identify corridors for investment that will maximize economic development opportunities, intermodal connectivity and improve the efficiency of Louisiana’s freight transportation system.