A National Survey of Commuter Rail Policy

This research situates commuter rail systems in the context of rail systems at-large, compiles a complete and definitive list of U.S. commuter rail systems, profiles each system and establishes a 'new start' and 'legacy' classification system for commuter rail. Examining new start commuter rail, specifically the acquisition of right-of-way on shared-corridors and the relationship between system design and urban form, provides a means of tracing the policy mobility and system development of contemporary commuter rail. The authors highlight the current state of commuter rail, the historical acquisition of legacy commuter rail systems by public transit agencies and the establishment of contemporary new start commuter rail projects. This overview includes profiles of all 26 operational US commuter rail systems. These profiles examine the vital statistics and demographics of each system.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program. This document includes: KTC-13-18 "An Overview of U.S. Commuter Rail" and "Urban Transit Policy Mobility: The Historical Development of U.S. Commuter Rail Policy and Financing."
  • Corporate Authors:

    National University Rail Center (NURail)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 205 N. Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Brock, Timothy J
    • Souleyrette, Reginald R
  • Publication Date: 2015-9-22


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 74p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2012-UKY-R02
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC18
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2016 10:28AM