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Since the passage of the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act in 1991, all states are required to conduct comprehensive multimodal transportation planning. This book looks at the number and diversity of plans that address the rail concerns of various states. Thirty-two state rail profiles and a six-state regional profile of New England provide an up-to-date overview of state involvement in railroad transportation. The profiles include information on staffing levels, agency organizational structures, budgets, freight and passenger assistance programs, relationships with the private sector, and types of planning activities.
Two chapters focus on exemplary state passenger rail service and rail freight programs and analyze the reasons for their success. One chapter describes the efforts of three states—Florida, Oregon, and Washington—to integrate rail planning into a larger intermodal/multimodal transportation planning process. By looking at these states' unique but similar approaches in the area of transportation planning, the reader is able to understand how an improved transportation system can be achieved by an integrated approach to information gathering, economic analysis, coordination, and financing.
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