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AASHTO Wants FRA to Favor State Agencies in Passenger Rail Development Projects

March 16, 2022

A transportation trade group wants the Federal Railroad Administration to favor state transportation agencies rather than private entities in the development of new intercity rail corridor services.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials said in a letter to the FRA that state departments of transportation and state-designated rail entities should serve as the primary partners in passenger rail expansion in the United States.

The AASHTO letter urged the FRA to work with state agencies in developing rail network plans, especially where Amtrak intends to operate a new corridor, and on the preparation of service development plans because of the expertise on the subject that state agencies have.

In order to streamline project development, AASHTO wants states to assume more federal responsibilities and the associated accountability.

ODOT Project Wins Transportation Award

August 11, 2016

An Ohio Department of Transportation project in Cleveland was recently named one of the best transportation projects in America by the Mid Association of Transportation Officials.

ODOT 2The project involved constructing a connection between west side neighborhoods in Cleveland with the West Shoreway and Edgewater Park.

As part of the project, a bridge was constructed over the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern and West 73rd Street was extended to add a multimodal path.

That project, along with a project by the Illinois Department of Transportation to construct a bridge over BNSF tracks in Galesburg, Illinois, won an American Transportation Award in the Quality of Life/Community Development category.

Both projects will compete for a national grand prize that will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in November.

The nominations are judged by officials representing a cross-section of transportation industries. Forty state departments of transportation participated in this year’s competition.