The purpose of this meeting is to:
Introduce the Oklahoma State Rail Plan and explain how it supports the passenger and freight rail system throughout the state of Oklahoma.
Answer any questions and receive your comments
Overview of ODOT Rail Division
ODOT Rail Division
- Established in 1989
- Implements rail-related policies
- Analyzes rail infrastructure and operations
- Plans & coordinates rail projects
- Oversees rail-highway safety and inspection
- State liaison to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
- Manages 150-miles of state-owned railroad
What is the Oklahoma State Rail Plan?
What is the
Oklahoma State Rail Plan?
- Defines what the system is today
- Determines needs for the future
- Integrates with other ODOT plans
- Includes stakeholder input — ODOT wants to hear from you!
Why Update the Oklahoma State Rail Plan?
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The Federal Government requires states to develop, maintain, and update rail plans (49 CFR 266.15). State Rail Plans must be:
- Based on a comprehensive, coordinated, and continuing planning process for all transportation services within the state.
- Developed with an opportunity for participation by persons interested in rail activity in the state and adjacent states, where appropriate.
Section 11315 of the FAST Act (2015) amended the statutory requirements under 49 U. S. C. Chapter 227 pertaining to State Rail Plan requirement making the updates mandatory every four years instead of the original five years.
Project inclusion within a state rail plan will be considered by the FRA when making selections for competitive grant programs.
Additional Reasons for Update:
- Gain guidance for future rail priorities from dialogue with stakeholders and general public.
- Develop a list of potential rail improvement projects from stakeholder input.
- Communicate rail’s benefits and role in Oklahoma with public and decision-makers.
- Compile factual information on Oklahoma’s rail network.
Goals & Objectives
Goals & Objectives
Economic Competitiveness: Expand rail capacity to support economic growth opportunities and to accommodate freight and passenger transportation demand.
Multimodal Connectivity: Provide and maintain freight and passenger modal choice by improving the rail system and expanding multimodal transportation options in and between major population centers.
Asset Management and Safety: Provide a safe and secure rail system that complies with all applicable policies, procedures, and regulations to ensure Oklahoma’s rail infrastructure is maintained in a state of good repair.
Secure Funding: Identify stable and sufficient funding secured for a program of rail investments to support constructing, operating, and maintaining Oklahoma’s rail network.
Promote Rail: Foster understanding and appreciation of the benefits of rail as a cost-effective, safe, secure, environmentally sound, and energy efficient means of freight and passenger transportation among elected officials, the business community, and the public.
Who are the Oklahoma State Rail Plan stakeholders?
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- FRA: Federal Railroad Administration
- Class I Railroad: A major, continental railroad with revenue in excess of $900 million per year
- Class III Railroad: A railroad with revenue less than $40.4 million per year, commonly referred to as a “short line” railroad
- Intermodal Freight: The use of truck trailers or shipping containers that can be easily interchanged between various modes (truck, train, maritime)
- Multimodal: Encompassing any number of different modes of transportation
- Intercity/Commuter Rail: Designations for passenger rail systems
- MPO: Metropolitan Planning Organization
FRA Guidance Format
- The Role of Rail in Statewide Transportation (Overview)
- The State’s Existing Rail System:
- Description and Inventory
- Trends and Forecasts
- Rail Service Needs and Opportunities
- Proposed Passenger Rail Improvements and Investments
- Proposed Freight Rail Improvements and Investments
- The State’s Rail Service and Investment Program
- Coordination and Review Technical Appendix