Railroad-DOT Institutional Mitigation Strategies

This project brief summarizes the results from the final report prepared by researchers for Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) Project R16, Railroad-DOT Institutional Mitigation Strategies. The objectives of this project were to: identify strategies and institutional arrangements that will facilitate beneficial relationships between railroads and public agencies; investigate and develop innovative partnering techniques; develop a draft model agreement and streamlined permitting processes; and identify barriers that impact effectiveness and propose remedies. The report recommends that highway agencies and railroads review the best practices, model processes, and model agreements in order to self-assess whether any of the following actions might assist them in streamlining the agreement process: Negotiate a memorandum of understanding between the highway agency and the railroad as to how they desire to conduct the review process, including periodic process-improvement efforts; Develop draft model agreements and streamlined permitting language; Adopt a “continuous improvement” framework to the agreement process so that both the highway agency and the railroad are tracking performance, and regularly conferring on ways to improve it; and Participate in efforts through their professional associations to continue dialogue on ways to share best practices and perpetuate the further development of model agreements and model practices.

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  • Publication Date: 2010-1


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  • Accession Number: 01155872
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  • Created Date: Apr 30 2010 9:13AM