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ADOT requests public input for
State Rail Plan update
As part of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s
focus on multimodal long-range planning,
he department is updating its State Rail Plan to better
determine rail improvements across the
state, based on future needs and opportunities.
ADOT is looking to the public and stakeholders
to provide their input about what the State Rail
Plan should include for both freight and
passenger rail systems. A survey in both
English and Spanish is available at azdot.gov/staterailplan. Comments are requested
by Aug. 10, 2018. The rail plan update will provide
guidance for the existing rail systems and services
used by Arizona’s freight shippers and the public.
It will also provide an assessment of the statewide
rail system, offering recommendations for policies,
programs, processes and projects that will improve
ail-related safety and service. The plan will consist
of five major elements:
Describing the role of rail transportation in the state.
Profiling the state’s railroad assets and traffic, along
ith identifying markets, logistics, and economic and
emographic trends that will have an impact on rail
transportation Determining freight rail needs and
improvements. Determining passenger rail needs
and improvements. Development of a rail service plan.
The State Rail Plan update will rely heavily on input
from the state’s rail transportation stakeholders and
he public. Several stakeholder workshops were held
ast year throughout Arizona to meet with those
involved in the rail industry and to obtain input
about the challenges and opportunities for
Arizona’s rail network. The feedback gathered
from these meetings will be included in the
updated State Rail Plan, which is expected
to be completed in late 2018. The State Rail
Plan is updated every four years, as required
by the Federal Railroad Administration. For
more information about the plan, please