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Texas Rail Update. Bill Glavin Texas Department of Transportation Director Rail Division. Texas Rail Update. • Rail safety • Grade crossing safety • South Orient Railroad • Passenger initiatives. Rail Safety. • State participant in the federal r ail safety program

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Texas Rail Update

Bill Glavin

Texas Department of Transportation

Director Rail Division

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Texas Rail Update

•Rail safety

• Grade crossing safety

• South Orient Railroad

• Passenger initiatives

rail safety
Rail Safety

•State participant in the federal rail safety program

● Compliments FRA inspection process

● Funded by railroads operating in Texas

• Accident investigations

• Complaint investigations

grade crossing safety
Grade Crossing Safety

•Texas leads the nation

● Exposure

● Measurement criteria

•Action plan required/accepted by FRA

• High centering of lowboy type trailers

south orient railroad
South Orient Railroad

•State owned, privately operated shortline

●391 miles between Coleman and Presidio

● Preserved from possible abandonment

•Investments to upgrade from excepted track

• Poised for explosive growth

texas rail plan
Texas Rail Plan
  • Texas Rail Plan
    • Examines the demographics and potential growth of Texas
    • Emphasizes the importance of freight rail to Texas
    • Establishes short-term and long-term programs
      • Identifies opportunities, future needs and funding options
    • Statewide Rail Steering Committee
    • Defines current passenger services
statewide intercity travel corridor rankings1
Statewide Intercity Travel Corridor Rankings
  • Statewide
    • Ridership analysis
    • Define passenger network
      • Core express; 125+ mph
      • Regional; 90 – 125 mph
      • Feeder; < 90 mph
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Funding

  • Federal funds awarded and obligated
    • Tower 55 project for $ 34 M; total cost $ 101.3 M
    • PE/NEPA Dallas/Ft. Worth to Houston; $ 15 M
    • Heartland Flyer speed improvements; $3.7 M
    • OKC to South Texas study; $ 5.6 M
    • East Texas study; $ 0.75 M
  • Federal funds awarded and in process
    • Construct TRE Valley View double track, $ 7.4 M
may 2011 hsipr project grant award
May 2011 HSIPR Project Grant Award
  • Houston – DFW
    • Preliminary engineering
    • Environmental clearance
    • Preferred alternative
october hsipr planning grant award
October HSIPR Planning Grant Award
  • Oklahoma City to

South Texas Study

    • Ridership
    • Corridor analysis
    • Service development plan
    • Tier 1 NEPA
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Passenger initiatives

  • Potential issues
    • Logical termini in metropolitan areas
    • Connectivity of corridors and with transit at nodes
    • Funding: public, private or PPP
    • Available Expertise
    • Planning process disparity