Rail Council

AASHTO Liaisons
Shayne Gill, Program Director for Multimodal Transportation
Oscar Bermudez, Associate Program Manager 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

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces More Than $22 Million in Grants to Restore and Enhance Intercity Passenger Rail Network

FY19 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program Project Selections 

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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

Commissioner Joseph Giulietti, Connecticut DOT

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.