Welcome to the Council on Rail Transportation
AASHTO’s Council on Rail Transportation (CORT) invites you to its first-ever virtual annual meeting, which will take place on October 5th through October 6th. This year’s annual meeting will take place via four separate online sessions over two days. These sessions will highlight freight and passenger rail safety initiatives, rail investments at the state and local level, key priorities for freight and passenger rail funding, and development of various rail planning activities for state departments of transportation. The Council on Rail Transportation focuses on addressing all policy, regulatory, safety, operations, and investment opportunities States use to develop an efficient national freight and passenger rail system.
The Rail Council addresses all policy, regulatory, safety, operations, and investment issues States use to develop an efficient national freight and passenger rail system.
Council members include all 52 AASHTO participating transportation departments. If you are a new member of the Council, please refer to this Reference Guide for more information about the committee.
For more information on AASHTO passenger rail or freight activities, please contact Shayne Gill at 202-624-3630.
- U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Applicants for Railway-Highway Crossings Grants
- Federal Railroad Administration Technical Report: Train Energy and Dynamics Simulator (TEDS) Revenue Service Validation: Volume II Unit Train
- Amtrak Announces Positive Train Control Completion
- Federal Railroad Administration Technical Report: Positive Train Control Braking Algorithm Evaluation Methodology Enhancement
- Federal Railroad Administration Technical Report: Inclusive and Universal Accessible Design Considerations for Next Generation of Passenger Railcars
- Federal Railroad Administration Technical Report: Feasibility of Load-Shedding to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Energy Consumption on Passenger Locomotives, Phase I
- Federal Railroad Administration Research Results: Full-Scale Shell Impact Test of a DOT-113 Tank Car Surrogate
- FY19 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program Project Selections
- To download the document: Click Here
- Federal Railroad Administration’s 5-year Strategic Plan for Research, Development, and Technology 2020–2024: Click Here
FRA TRESPASSER & GRADE CROSSING FATALITY PREVENTION SUMMIT
The FRA hosted the Trespasser & Grade Crossing Fatality Prevention Summit on October 29, 2018. The video/audio of all speaker presentations and remarks along with presentations are posted for each session here.
AASHTO Freight Rail Study Support Services, 2nd edition, is now available.
The report examines changes to the economy and rail industry since the release of the 2002 Freight Bottom Line Report. It focuses on the industries most impacted by publicly funded improvements to rail infrastructure, as well as the appropriateness of public/private partnerships to advance nationally significant rail network projects.
The report is available here.
Giulietti began his transportation career with Connecticut’s Metro-North commuter railroad in 1983, departing in 1998 to head up the Tri-Rail system in southern Florida, before returning to serve as president of Metro-North in 2014 not long after four passengers were killed in a crash on the Hudson Line train near Spuyten-Duyvil.
Giulietti is credited for restoring the reputation of Metro-North, which had been cited for safety deficiencies by federal officials before he returned to helm the Connecticut commuter railroad.