Monday - 330-500 NCRRP TRB Summary LDG September 2013

Monday - 330-500 NCRRP TRB Summary LDG September 2013

NCRRP National Cooperative Rail Research Program 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP Research Fields 1. Operations 2. Environmental

3. Policy and Planning 4. Safety 5. Security 6. Human Resources 7. Administration

2/10/20 8. Engineering of Rolling Stock 9. Engineering of Fixed Facilities 10. Construction 11. Maintenance 12. Special Projects RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP Research Projects 2-01 Comparison of Passenger Rail Energy Consumption with Competing Modes

3-01 Intercity Passenger Rail Service and Development Guide 3-02 Passenger Rail in the Context of a Competitive Economic Market 6-01 Building and Retaining Workforce Capacity for the Railroad Industry 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION Alternative Financing Approaches for Passenger and Freight Rail 7-01 Projects Developing Multi-State Institutions to Implement Intercity Passenger 7-02 Rail Programs Inventory of Federal and State Passenger and Freight Rail Programs 7-03 Quick Response Legal Aspects for Rail Programs 12-01 NCRRP Strategic Plan/Research AgendaQuick Response

12-02 Total Authorization = $3,275,000 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP Research Projects NCRRP Current Status 9 research projects authorized.

9 starting up. 9 RFPs Issued. 9 research in progress. 0 research completed. 0 NCRRP publications. Over 50 industry volunteers participating. Participants come from freight and passenger railroads; consultants; academics; state and federal government; and industry associations. RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION

NCRRP 02-01: Comparison of Passenger Rail Energy Consumption with Competing Modes Status: Contractor selected spring, 2013: TranSys Research Ltd. Glenburnie, ON Project underway-June 2013 Authorization: $400,000 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 02-01: Comparison of Passenger Rail Energy Consumption with Competing Modes OBJECTIVE

The objective of this research is to provide like-for-like comparisons of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for commuter and intercity passenger rail operations and for competing travel modes. To accomplish this objective, the research should include, but not be limited to, developing: An analytical framework for equivalent comparison of mode-to-mode fuel and energy consumption and GHG emissions, applied to case studies using disaggregated data (scope 1 and scope 2 emissions only, as defined by The Climate Registry); A quantitative decision-support tool for evaluating and comparing fuel and energy consumption and GHG emissions by commuter and intercity passenger rail operations and by competing modes of transportation for comparable trips; and An evaluation of opportunities to improve fuel and energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions for intercity and commuter passenger rail. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD

TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 02-01: Comparison of Passenger Rail Energy Consumption with Competing Modes OBJECTIVE continued: In the context of this research, passenger rail includes higher speed, high speed, intercity, and commuter railthose systems that are operated under the jurisdiction of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Competing modes of transport include passenger automobiles, light-duty trucks often used for personal transportation, suburban commuter bus services, intercity bus services, and air transportation. An international perspective should also be addressed as appropriate. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION

NCRRP 03-01: Intercity Passenger Rail Service and Development Guide Status: Contractor selected March , 2013Texas A&M Transportation Institute Project underway as of May, 2013 Authorization: $400,000 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 03-01: Intercity Passenger Rail Service and Development Guide OBJECTIVE The objective of this research is to develop a guide to assist public and private organizations as they plan, develop, and manage intercity passenger rail services.

This guide will identify various aspects of intercity passenger rail operations in exclusive as well as mixed freight and commuter rail service corridors. (1) provide an outline of the steps in the planning process, including roles and responsibilities of affected organizations; (2) describe procedures for developing, implementing, and managing passenger rail systems while taking into account different ownership and use scenarios; 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 03-01: Intercity Passenger Rail Service and Development Guide OBJECTIVE continued (3) describe key elements of passenger services and amenities and methods to evaluate their impact on passenger experience and operational

performance (4) review and evaluate the various tools available to conduct required analyses; and (5) present strategies for filling gaps where adequate analytical tools and techniques are not available. The guide should distinguish which tools are appropriate for different types of passenger rail services and projects at various stages of development. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 03-02: Passenger Rail in the Context of a Competitive Economic Market Status: Contractor selected spring, 2013Resource Systems

Group, Inc. Project underway as of August, 2013 Authorization: $500,000 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 03-02: Passenger Rail in the Context of a Competitive Economic Market OBJECTIVES The objectives of the research include the improvement of understanding of the role of rail services for several market segments, including but not limited to the market segments susceptible to diverting from air to rail, market segments in competition with intercity bus, and market segments primarily in competition with the private automobile. Using state-of-the-art market research techniques, the project would

quantify to a reasonable extent the scale of the market segments associated with each of the major competing modes, and the evident cross-elasticities associated with various competitive services. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 06-01: Building and Retaining Workforce Capacity for the Railroad Industry Status: Contractor selected late February, 2013QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group Project underway: June, 2013 Authorization: $725,000

2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 06-01: Building and Retaining Workforce Capacity for the Railroad Industry OBJECTIVE The objective of this research is to identify and evaluate current and future workforce capacity issues and to develop effective strategies for meeting future workforce capacity requirements. The research should 1. Characterize the current and anticipated U.S. railroad industry workforce in terms of numbers, demographics, and skills at all levels across the industry based on a targeted review of existing literature, other available information, as well as original research. 2/10/20

RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 06-01: Building and Retaining Workforce Capacity for the Railroad Industry OBJECTIVE continued 2. Evaluate sufficiency and effectiveness of current education, training, and recruitment programs as the means of attracting new employees into the industry and retaining existing employees. 3. Recommend practical strategies for recruiting, retaining, and developing a qualified professional and technical workforce for the rail industry at all levels, and metrics for evaluating effectiveness of these strategies. 2/10/20

RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 07-01: Alternative Financing Approaches for Passenger and Freight Rail Projects Status: Contractor Selected Spring 2013 CPCS Transcom Limited Project underway: April 2013 Authorization: $400,000 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION

NCRRP 07-01: Alternative Financing Approaches for Passenger and Freight Rail Projects OBJECTIVE The objective of this research is to identify alternative methods for financing passenger and freight rail project development, including capital investment, operations, and maintenance. The research will 1. Identify alternative financing and revenue-generating strategies. 2. Evaluate alternative financing and revenue-generating strategies, including but not limited to i. Qualitative and quantitative factors, and ii. Constraints affecting implementation. 3. Develop strategies to formulate effective business plans to finance freight and passenger rail improvement programs. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD

TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 07-01: Alternative Financing Approaches for Passenger and Freight Rail Projects OBJECTIVE continued In the context of this research project, passenger rail includes high speed, intercity, and commuter rail. This research is intended to be of interest to public and private entities that have responsibility for planning, developing, maintaining, and operating passenger and freight rail systems throughout the United States. The findings of this research will provide best practices and lessons learned, alternatives, and strategies to develop and execute alternative financing to maintain and enhance future investment in passenger and freight rail systems. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD

TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 07-02 Developing Multi-State Institutions to implement Intercity Passenger Rail Programs Status: Contractor selected 2/2013Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Project underway: June 2013 Authorization: $400,000 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 07-02 Developing Multi-State Institutions to implement Intercity

Passenger Rail Programs OBJECTIVE The objective of this research is to create practical models for multi-state institutions that can have responsibility for developing and providing intercity passenger rail networks and services: Existing and evolving legal, financial, and administrative requirements; Competing federal, regional, state, and local responsibilities and interests; Balancing potentially competing needs of intercity passenger, commuter, and freight rail in shared corridors; 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 07-02 Developing Multi-State Institutions to implement Intercity Passenger Rail Programs

OBJECTIVE continued Eligibility and flexibility to receive and invest public and private funds; Evaluating and sharing costs, benefits, and risks among multi-state institution participants; A framework for setting project priorities; Overall management responsibility for corridor operations and services; facilitating project delivery; Enabling seamless connections to other modes; and Identifying and resolving jurisdictional overlaps among multi-state institutions and other affected entities. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 07-03 Inventory of Federal and State Passenger and Freight Rail Programs

Status: Project Underway as of September, 2013 Prime Focus LLP Authorization $100,000 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 07-03 Inventory of Federal and State Passenger and Freight Rail Programs OBJECTIVE The objective of this quick response study covers several components: 1. To prepare an inventory of state passenger and freight rail

programs; 2. To identify innovative funding mechanisms in this inventory, and 3. To conduct an analysis of targeted innovative funding programs extracted from this inventory. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 12-01 Legal Aspects for Rail Programs Status: Contractor selected Spring, 2013. Three topic areas, all started in July 2013. Topic 1: Compilation, Review, and Summary of Railroad Law Resources--The Thomas Law Firm Topic 2: Issues that Emerge when Public Entities Acquire a

Real Property Interest in Rail Lines--Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell, LLP Topic 3: Buy America(n) Requirements--Conner Gwyn Schenk PLLC Total Authorization: $250,000 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 12-01 Legal Aspects for Rail Programs OBJECTIVE The objective of this project is to provide legal research on topics of interest to the rail legal community based on a solicitation of potential topics. The project is expected to produce an NCRRP Legal Research Digest series of report is on legal issues associated with rail-related law. Each document is expected to provide rail attorneys with authoritative,

well-researched, specific information that is limited in scope. The studies will focus on legal issues and problems having national significance to the rail industry. Each year, numerous attorneys nationwide are involved in rail-related work; yet, there is no centralized collection of information on which they can depend. The NCRRP Legal Research Digest series could provide rail-related legal research on a wide variety of legal topics. 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 12-02 Strategic Plan/Research Agenda Status: Project began in early 2013 Contractor: Professor Joseph Schofer, Northwestern University

Authorization: $100,000 Expected Completion: Late 2013 2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 12-02 Strategic Plan/Research Agenda OBJECTIVE The objective of this quick response study is twofold: 1. To develop a strategic plan that identifies particular areas of NCRRP Oversight Committee (ROC) interest/emphasis for the program; and 2. Prepare a detailed potential research agenda based on these interest/emphasis areas.

2/10/20 RESEARCH BOARD TRANSPORTATION NCRRP 12-02 Strategic Plan/Research Agenda OBJECTIVE continued This strategic plan and research agenda includes descriptions of potential research problems that will address the purpose of the program in a manner compatible with the overall goal of generating effective applied research useful to the intercity freight and rail passenger industry. This strategic plan and research agenda will also help to set priorities and present alternatives for sharing research ideas with the broader rail industry audience to stimulate research problem submissions consistent with the intent of the program in general and the ROC specifically.

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