NCHRP Report 657: Guidebook for Implementing Passenger Rail Service on Shared Passenger and Freight Corridors
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NCHRP Report 657:
Guidebook for Implementing Passenger Rail Service on Shared Passenger and Freight Corridors
(2010)
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TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 657: Guidebook for Implementing Passenger Rail Service on Shared Passenger and Freight Corridors is designed to aid states in developing publicâ€"private partnerships with private freight railroads to permit operation of passenger services over shared-use rail corridors.

The guidebook explores improved principles, processes, and methods to support agreements on access, allocation of operation and maintenance costs, capacity allocation, operational issues, future responsibilities for infrastructure improvements, and other fundamental issues.

Topics

  • Transportation — Railroads
  • Transportation — Administration and Management
  • Transportation — Freight Transportation
  • Transportation — Passenger Transportation
  • Transportation — Terminals and Facilities
Contents

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xi
1.1 Introduction 1-1
1.2.1 Historical Background 2-3
1.2.2 The Present Situation 4-4
1.3.1 Scope 5-5
1.3.2 Purpose 6-6
1.3.3 Content 7-8
2.1.1 Content of Section 9-9
2.1.2 Passenger Rail Development Timeline 10-10
2.2.2 Understanding the Railroad Industry 11-11
2.2.4 Role of Long-Term Planning 12-12
2.2.5 Is the Proposed Service Amtrak Intercity or Commuter? 13-15
2.2.6 Educating Public Officials 16-17
2.3.1 Introduction 18-19
2.3.2 The Feasibility Study 20-21
2.4 Substantive Negotiations 22-22
2.4.1 Defining What the Passenger Agency Needs 23-24
2.4.2 The Access Agreement and Infrastructure Improvements 25-27
2.4.3 Capital and Operations and Maintenance Costs 28-28
2.5.1 The National Liability Situation and Amtrak 29-29
2.5.2 Non-Amtrak Passenger Rail Service Operators and Agencies 30-32
3.2.1 Simulation and Modeling Overview 33-35
3.2.2 Choice and Availability of Models 36-36
3.2.3 Using Simulation and Modeling in Rail Corridor Planning and Negotiations 37-39
3.3.1 Right-of-Way Access or Acquisition 40-40
3.3.2 Estimating Capital Costs 41-41
3.3.3 Sharing Infrastructure Capital Costs 42-42
3.3.4 Rolling Stock Capital Costs 43-43
3.3.5 Signaling and Train Control Capital Costs 44-44
3.4.1 Overview 45-45
3.4.2 Railroad Operations and Maintenance Cost Categories 46-47
3.4.3 Cost-Sharing and Allocation Approaches 48-48
3.4.4 Operations and Maintenance Cost Analysis 49-49
3.4.5 Application to Intercity and Commuter Operations 50-51
4.1 Introduction 52-52
4.2 Types of Agreements Needed to Implement Passenger Rail Service 53-55
4.2.2 Introduction to Commuter Service 56-56
4.3.1 Introduction 57-57
4.3.2 Inputs to and Preparations for Finalizing the Agreements 58-59
4.3.3 Agreements between Amtrak and the Freight Railroad 60-60
4.3.4 An Agreement between the Passenger Rail Agency and Amtrak 61-61
4.3.5 Agreement between the Passenger Rail Agency and the Host Railroad(s) 62-63
4.4.1 Basic Structure of a Commuter Rail Service on Shared Track 64-64
4.4.2 Inputs to and Preparations for Finalizing Commuter Rail Operating Agreements 65-66
4.4.3 Access Alternatives 67-68
4.4.4 Agreement with the Host Freight Railroad 69-69
4.4.5 Operations and Maintenance Services Agreements 70-71
4.5.2 Minor Agreement Revisions to Provide a Limited Service Addition or Performance Improvement 72-72
4.5.4 Managing Change with a Passenger Railroad Host and Freight Tenant 73-73
5.1 Introduction 74-74
5.2.1 PRIIA Requirements and FRA, STB, and Amtrak Actions on Intercity Passenger Service Quality 75-75
5.2.3 Agreement Revisions and Updates 76-76
5.3 Specific Approaches to Managing Amtrak Intercity Services 77-78
5.4 Specific Approaches to Managing Commuter Services 79-79
5.5 Case Studies in Service Management 80-82
Acts of Congress (reverse chronological order) 83-83
Federal Government Regulations and Industry Technical Standards 84-84
Capacity and Cost Analysis 85-85
Other Shared-Use Issues, Including Liability and Safety 86-86
Miscellaneous 87-88
Acronyms 89-91
Appendix A - The U.S. Railroad Industry 92-108
Appendix B - U.S. Railroad Legal and Institutional Arrangements 109-126
Appendix C - Railroad Safety Regulations 127-137
Appendix D - Case Studies of Passenger Rail Service Developments and Processes 138-169
Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications 170-170

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