THE RAILROAD SYSTEM OF TEXAS: A COMPONENT OF THE STATE AND NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Railroads continue to play an important role in the Texas transportation system. This study addresses the potential for implementing a rail planning process in the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The study is documented in three reports, produced in coordinated and parallel efforts by the Center for Transportation Research and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). This report documents the work performed by TTI, whereby a rail planning framework is presented which formalizes the planning process and presents the key elements as a series of discrete and logical steps. These steps may be used to guide TxDOT in the formation of goals, identification of issues and affected parties, selection of appropriate analytical methodologies, location of data sources, and implementation of results. The report also presents an in-depth discussion of several key issues facing transportation agencies. These include rail line abandonment, intermodal service planning, and urban rail rationalization. A discussion of the Texas rail system covers the Class I railroads, shortline railroads, Amtrak, and the Mexican rail system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research project title: The Railroad System of Texas: A Component of the State and National Transportation Infrastructure.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Transfer Office, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5051

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Roop, S S
    • Warner, J E
    • Rosa, D
    • Dickinson, R W
  • Publication Date: 1998-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 434 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00769501
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-99/1703-3,, Res Rept 1703-3,, TTI: 0-1703
  • Contract Numbers: Project No. 0-1703
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 22 1999 12:00AM