Rail Council

AASHTO Liaison
Shayne Gill, Program Director for Multimodal Transportation

Welcome to the Council on Rail Transportation.

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.

Hot Topics


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.

Connecticut DOT launches new Hartford Line Service

Past Events

2017 AASHTO Spring Meeting
Roundtable on Freight and Passenger Rail
2016 AASHTO Annual Meeting
Roundtable on Freight and Passenger Rail