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Expert Panel Sessions
Station Development and Local Sources of Funding
This event took place October 4, 2016 in Chicago, IL at the AASHTO Standing Committee on Rail Transportation (SCORT) Meeting.
This listening session was a roundtable discussion focusing on passenger rail station development with an emphasis on organizational structure, collaborations and state/local funding strategy. Event included a brief overview of FRA's station area planning principles; FTA's TOD planning grants and technical assistance initiative; TIGER & HSIPR grants; and review of RRIF and TIFIA key provisions (comparing and contrasting) with a focus on rail station / TOD eligibility.
Following the overview were introductory overviews of selected station developments, touching on such issues as the state and local government experience with project planning, station governance, partnering with private developers, working with Amtrak, dealing with freight railroads, using value capture tools and identifying other non-federal funding sources.
- Funding Intercity Passenger Rail Station Development: Federal Perspective (PDF)
Leo Wetula, US Department of Transportation
- TOD: TIFIA and RRIF (PDF)
Karen Hedlund, Vice President, US Advisory Services, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Uptown Normal: Uptown Station (PDF)
Wayne Aldrich, P.E. Public Works, Director, Town of Normal, IL
- Investing in the Future of Chicago Union Station (PDF)
- Funding Intercity Passenger Rail Station Development (PDF)
Praveena Pidaparthi, AICP Planning Director, MnDOT Passenger Rail Office
Dan Krom, Director, MnDOT Passenger Rail Office,
Tim Mayasich, Director Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority
- Pennsylvania Keystone Corridor - Funding Intercity Passenger Rail Station Development (PDF)
Elizabeth Bonini, Acting Director, Office of Penn PORTS Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
- North Carolina Station Program (PDF)
Paul C. Worley, NCDOT Rail Division Director