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Multimodal Freight Program

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Freight and passenger rail is a critical component of our nation’s
transportation system. Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s
(TTI) Multimodal Freight Transportation Programs Group
remains active in exploring the future of rail through a variety
of research activities.

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Multimodal Freight Program

  1. 1. http://tti.tamu.edu Multi-modal Transportation > Highway Transportation > Trucking > Railroad transportation > Public transit > Rural transportation > Rural transit > Freight pipeline transportation > Airport planning and development > Airport maintenance > Bicycle and pedestrian > Ports and waterways >>> Transportation operat > Freight traffic > Commodities > Travel time > Travel demand > http://tti.tamu.edu > Traffic estimation > Traffic forecasting > Commuting > Carpools > High operations > Highway capacity > Freeway operations > Truck traffic > Railroad traffic > Traffic data > Measures of effectiveness > Traffic models > Traffic simula > Variable message signs > Traffic actuated controllers > Traffic signals > Flashing traffic signals > Lane use control signals > Road markings > Rumble strips > Warrants (Traffic control devices) > Gro penetrating radar > Weigh in motion > Loop detectors > Video imaging detectors > Vehicle detectors > Information display systems > Advanced traveler information systems > Lettering > Sign shee > Messages (Communications) > Warning signals > Intelligent transportation systems > Advanced public transportation systems > Advanced traffic management systems > Advanced traveler informa systems > > http://tti.tamu.edu > Intelligent transportation systems programs >>> Environment > Runoff > Scour > Air travel and airports> Environmental policy > Environmental impact analys > Breakaway supports > Posts > Sign supports > Underground structures > Embankments > Bridges > Bridge approaches > Bridge railings > Transportation corridors > Streambeds > Pipelin Street lighting > Freeways > Highways > Arterial highways > Rural highways > Driveways > Two lane highways > Frontage roads > Highway corridors > Low volume roads > Highway curv Barriers (Roads) 8 > Guardrails > Medians > Median barriers > Signalized intersections > Dilemma zone > Interchanges > http://tti.tamu.edu > Diamond interchanges > Ramps (Interchan > On ramps > High occupancy toll lanes > Managed lanes > Turning lanes > Pavements > Bituminous overlays > Base course (Pavements) > Roadside > Roadside structures > Mailbox > School buses > Crashworthiness > Light emitting diodes > Portable equipment > Construction equipment > Roadbuilding machinery > Performance >>> Materials > Clay soils > Concrete > Waste products > ash > Recycled materials > Reinforcing bars > Bituminous binders > Hot mix paving mixtures > Shear strength > Load limits > Retroreflectivity > Temperature >>> Physical phenomena > Rutting > Infiltra > Cracking > Axle loads > Fluorescence >>> Disciplines > Aesthetics > Statistics > Transportation engineering >>> Mathematics > Simulation > Statistical analysis > Backcalculation > Mathematical predictio http://tti.tamu.edu > Areas and regions > Slopes > Binational > Border regions > Small cities >>> Multi-modal Transportation > Highway Transportation > Trucking > Railroad transportation > Public trans Data quality > Software > Computer program documentation > Data storage > Computer models > Internet > Research > Before and after studies > Case studies > Worksho Guidelines > Manuals > Handbooks > Literature reviews > Specifications > Performance based specifications > Standards > Multi-modal Transportation > Highway Transporta > Trucking > Railroad transportation > http://tti.tamu.edu > Public transit > Rural transportation > Rural transit > Freight and pipeline transportation > Airport plan and development > Airport maintenance > Bicycle and pedestrian > Ports and waterways >>> Transportation operations > Freight traffic > Commodities > Travel time > Tr Saving Lives, Time and Resources http://tti.tamu.edu/group/rail > Variable message signs > Traffic actuated controllers > Traffic signals > Flashing traffic signals > Lane use control signals > Road markings > Rumble strips > Warrants (Traffic control devices) > Gro penetrating radar > Weigh in motion > Loop detectors > Video imaging detectors > Vehicle detectors > Information display systems > Advanced traveler information systems > Lettering > Sign shee > Messages (Communications) > Warning signals > Intelligent transportation systems > Advanced public transportation systems > Advanced traffic management systems > Advanced traveler informa systems > > http://tti.tamu.edu > Intelligent transportation systems programs >>> Environment > Runoff > Scour > Air travel and airports> Environmental policy > Environmental impact analys > Breakaway supports > Posts > Sign supports > Underground structures > Embankments > Bridges > Bridge approaches > Bridge railings > Transportation corridors > Streambeds > Pipelin Street lighting > Freeways > Highways > Arterial highways > Rural highways > Driveways > Two lane highways > Frontage roads > Highway corridors > Low volume roads > Highway curv Barriers (Roads) 8 > Guardrails > Medians > Median barriers > Signalized intersections > Dilemma zone > Interchanges > http://tti.tamu.edu > Diamond interchanges > Ramps (Interchan > On ramps > High occupancy toll lanes > Managed lanes > Turning lanes > Pavements > Bituminous overlays > Base course (Pavements) > Roadside > Roadside structures > Mailbox > School buses > Crashworthiness > Light emitting diodes > Portable equipment > Construction equipment > Roadbuilding machinery > Performance >>> Materials > Clay soils > Concrete > Waste products > ash > Recycled materials > Reinforcing bars > Bituminous binders > Hot mix paving mixtures > Shear strength > Load limits > Retroreflectivity > Temperature >>> Physical phenomena > Rutting > Infiltra > Cracking > Axle loads > Fluorescence >>> Disciplines > Aesthetics > Statistics > Transportation engineering >>> Mathematics > Simulation > Statistical analysis > Backcalculation > Mathematical predictio http://tti.tamu.edu > Areas and regions > Slopes > Binational > Border regions > Small cities >>> Multi-modal Transportation > Highway Transportation > Trucking > Railroad transportation > Public trans Data quality > Software > Computer program documentation > Data storage > Computer models > Internet > Research > Before and after studies > Case studies > Worksho Guidelines > Manuals > Handbooks > Literature reviews > Specifications > Performance based specifications > Standards > Multi-modal Transportation > Highway Transporta > Trucking > Railroad transportation > http://tti.tamu.edu > Public transit > Rural transportation > Rural transit > Freight and pipeline transportation > Airport plan and development > Airport maintenance > Bicycle and pedestrian > Ports and waterways >>> Transportation operations > Freight traffic > Commodities > Travel time > Tr Multi-modal Transportation > Highway Transportation > Trucking > Railroad transportation > Public transit > Rural transportation > Rural transit > Freight pipeline transportation > Airport planning and development > Airport maintenance > Bicycle and pedestrian > Ports and waterways >>> Transportation operat > Freight traffic > Commodities > Travel time > Travel demand > http://tti.tamu.edu > Traffic estimation > Traffic forecasting > Commuting > Carpools > High operations > Highway capacity > Freeway operations > Truck traffic > Railroad traffic > Traffic data > Measures of effectiveness > Traffic models > Traffic simula Freight Rail TTI has worked with federal, state DOT, local and private rail companies to evaluate the role of freight rail in concert with other freight modes. In recent years, TTI has participated in multiplestaterailplans,evaluationsoflocalfreightrailplanning processes,assessmentofstate programsfortheprovisionof funds for the construction of spur lines and industrial leads to businesses, and the potential impacts of passenger rail on freight rail movement in shared corridors. TTIhasdeveloped analyticalmeanstoprioritize among several worthy rail projects and to standardize the methodologies used to evaluate the economic impacts of large freight rail projects such as corridor improvements or rail-rail grade separations. Other work includes studies of the legal and policy barriers to abandoned rail corridor reuse and a study of U.S. rail relocation projects over the past 40 years including case studies of six primary examples. TTI has also worked to establishtheroleofrailserviceinatruemultimodal/intermodal freight transportation system. Passenger Rail Over the past several years, TTI has become active in documenting intercity passenger rail projects in a number of states. TTI completed on-board surveys for the Amtrak Texas-OklahomaHeartlandFlyerandfortheIllinois-Wisconsin Hiawatha service. TTI is providing support for the Texas Department of Transportation in the development of intercity passenger rail planning, which has included a comprehensive evaluation of passenger rail projects within the U.S. and RAIL RESEARCH— MULTIMODAL FREIGHT PROGRAM Freightandpassengerrailisacriticalcomponentofournation’s transportation system. Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI) Multimodal Freight Transportation Programs Group remains active in exploring the future of rail through a variety of research activities. Research Areas • Technical and Planning Policy • Freight and Passenger Rail • Interaction of Rail with Other Freight Modes • Rail-Highway Interaction • Evaluation of Innovative Technologies • Rail Safety Research • High Speed Rail • Movement of Hazardous Materials throughout the rest of the world as background. TTI is also currently leading a team of consultants for the National Cooperative Rail Research Program of the Transportation Research Board to develop an intercity passenger rail service and development guide. The guide will describe existing and emerging policies for establishment of intercity passenger rail servicethroughouttheU.S.andbeusedbystateDOTplanners and other rail professionals. Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Since 1995, TTI has hosted the biennial National Highway- Rail Grade Crossing Safety Training Conference. This venue provides university-based researchers, industry professionals, federal and state department of transportation personnel, con- sultants, and vendors the opportunity to discuss current and future efforts to enhance safety for the public at highway-rail grade crossings. In addition, staff is involved with programs, such as Operation Lifesaver, to help educate the public about the dangers inherent at highway-rail crossings and trespassing along rail rights-of-way.
  2. 2. Contact: Curtis Morgan Program Manager Multimodal Freight Texas A&M Transportation Institute Gibb Gilchrist Building, Room 333 College Station, TX 77843 (979) 862-2854 c-morgan@ttimail.tamu.edu The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is an agency of The Texas A&M University System. TTI Rail Research, a part of the Multimodal Freight Transportation Programs Group, is dedicated to exploring the future of freight and passenger rail. Other activities include the interaction of rail with other transportation modes such as intermodal trucking or ships and with traffic at highway-rail crossings. TTI has worked with federal, state DOT, local and private rail companies to evaluate the role of freight rail in concert with other freight modes. In recent years, TTI has participated in multiple state rail plans, evaluations of local freight rail planning processes, assessmentofstateprogramsfortheprovisionoffunds for the construction of spur lines and industrial leads tobusinesses,andthepotentialimpactsofpassenger rail on freight rail movement in shared corridors. Research work includes the development of the 2010, 2012, and forthcoming 2014 Railway-Highway Crossing Program (Section130)Report toCongressundercontractfortheFHWA Office of Safety, which has involved reviewing each state’s Section 130 annual reports to formulate measures showing the success of the Section 130 program to improve safety at highway-rail grade crossings. Additionally, TTI worked with the Texas Department of Transportation to reformulate the current highway-rail grade crossing program priority index to better allocate safety improvement monies and on a project that updated highway-rail safety information for the traveling public and professional drivers, such as those who drive school buses or transport hazardous materials. PreviousworkincludesaprojectfortheTransportationResearch Board(NCHRP08-76(B))thatexaminedlow-costactivewarn- ing systems for highway-rail grade crossings; two projects that distributed highway-rail grade crossing educational material to law enforcement and judicial entities in Texas; a project that evaluated school bus safety at highway-rail grade crossings; and a project that developed a model for the Houston, TX, region that critically analyzed the public safety and social costs associated with vehicular delay at rail-highway grade crossings.

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