Washington State Rail Plan Public Review Draft now available
The purpose of the Washington State Rail Plan is to outline a strategy for addressing changes in freight and passenger rail transportation and provide a blueprint for ensuring the continued movement of people and goods on the rail system in support of a healthy economy. Consistent with federal and state requirements, the plan describes what is working well, identifies the challenges, highlights policy priorities and sets a course for state action and investment to ensure that these vital services continue to meet transportation needs in the future. This integrated plan for freight and passenger rail is based on technical analysis as well as input received from rail owners, operators and users, tribes, government agencies, community groups and individuals during six workshops and more than 30 briefings.
If you wish to schedule a briefing regarding the State Rail Plan, you may contact us at email@example.com or 360.705.7900.
The following displays highlight key findings from the State Rail Plan:
The Washington State Rail Plan will serve as a strategic blueprint for future public investment in the state’s rail transportation system. It will provide an integrated plan for freight and passenger rail, including 5- and 20-year funding strategies, that meets federal and state requirements. The plan will inform the state Freight Mobility Plan; guide WSDOT as it develops strategic freight rail partnerships to support essential rail service; and establish priorities for determining which freight rail investments should receive public support. It will also guide Washington as it works with Oregon and British Columbia to implement intercity passenger rail service. WSDOT will release the final state rail plan by the end of 2013.
Opportunities for Involvement
Rail transportation is dependent on many partnerships between government agencies, private industry and other stakeholders. The plan cannot be successfully implemented without strong support, which makes collaboration necessary for a successful outcome. The plan will be a product of broad participation. We connected with stakeholders and members of the public in a variety of ways:
- Stakeholder interviews: The purpose of these interviews was to gather information and to solicit perspectives on the existing rail system and identify significant issues and opportunities for the near and long term.
- Stakeholder Advisory Committee: The committee, comprised of individuals selected from multiple rail constituencies, acted as a sounding board through development of the plan.
- Public meetings: Three public workshops, three regional workshops and an open house were held during this process, and over 90 briefings have been held.
In addition, the project team will continue to provide briefings to groups, send email updates and post updates online throughout the project.
Request a Briefing
To schedule a briefing for your group, please call 360-705-7900.
For more information, contact:
Rail Operations Program Manager
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