Studies and Reports

A new engineering report details damage to the Amtrak-owned Hudson River and East River tunnels following Superstorm Sandy and recommends a phased process to take individual tubes out of service for extended periods to perform the work required to maintain reliability of train movements in and out...
Work for All the Crafts: Building Normal’s Multimodal Transit Hub into Illinois’ Second Busiest Amtrak Station cover
In the depths of the Great Recession, the construction of Uptown Station in Normal, Illinois created almost 140,000 hours of work for at least 13 construction crafts. The station, the hub of a longplanned Uptown revitalization strategy, is succeeding by most measures: attracting $220 million in...
Making the Grade: How Investments in America’s Infrastructure Benefit Our Economy and Environment cover
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases a report card depicting the condition and performance of America’s infrastructure across a number of sectors of the U.S. economy, the latest being the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.The latest report card...
Intergovernmental Challenges in Surface Transportation Funding cover
The Pew Charitable Trust issued a report that examines the contributions of the states and the federal government, as well as those of localities, to the funding of highway and transit programs. It is the first in a series, Fiscal Federalism in Action, that will describe how the federal-state...
Catching Up, Greater Focus Needed to Achieve a More Competitive Infrastructure cover
The National Association of Manufacturers issued a report that offers a historical accounting of investment in a broad range of infrastructure that includes highways, transit, freight rail, aviation, inland waterways and ports, power generation, energy pipelines and information and...
The following report was prepared by OneRail member Parsons Brinkerhoff for the PRIIA Section 305 Next Generation Equipment Committee. The report is of interest to those involved in intercity passenger rail in general and the growth of the equipment fleet.  It provides information on a broad...
Work for All the Crafts: Restoring the Union Depot in St. Paul cover
At a time of extremely high unemployment among Minnesota construction workers, the $149 million St. Paul Union Depot rehabilitation project created more than 660,000 hours of building work. Thanks to the skilled labor of many different craftspeople and apprentices, the historic Depot is bustling...
Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Capital and Operating Spending by Dallas Area Rapid Transit cover
Against the Dallas metropolitan area backdrop of economic growth, decline, and continuing recovery, Dallas Area Rapid Transit continued its long range expansion and capital improvement plans to enhance public transportation services supporting regional economic activity and increasing the...
Ten Years After: The Second Intermodal Revolution cover
A White Paper Sponsored by the Association of American Railroads and the Intermodal Association of North America The intermodal industry has become an accepted shipper choice for both international and domestic goods movement due to vastly improved operations, improving modal competitive scenarios...
NEC FUTURE: Preliminary Alternatives Report  cover
  The goal of the US DOT's NEC FUTURE is to develop a long-term investment program for improving and growing the Washington D.C., to Boston, Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail service to accommodate projected year 2040 commuter and intercity passenger rail ridership, as part of the regional...
Long Distance Trains: A Foundation for National Mobility  cover
America's mobility is declining - threatening our future prosperity and quality of life. As driving and flying become less attractive and more expensive, Amercans are rediscovering trains.   Train travel reached a new record in 2012. Millions of travelers, however, were unable to benefit from...
Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year  cover
Insufficient or inadequate infrastructure-and the resulting congestion, power outages, and lack of access to safe water and roads-is a global concern. Typically, the debate about the growing need for infrastructure focuses on whether financing is sufficient to meet it. But, in fact, there are clear...
Midwest High-Speed Rail Supply Chain: Good for Manufacturing Jobs, Good for Economic Growth, and Good for our Environment cover
Next generation passenger rail is picking up speed in the United States, which means business opportunities for both the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) thatmake the trains and the many "supply chain" companies that create the components and materials needed by the OEMs...
Texas A&M Transportation Institute's 2012 Urban Mobility Report cover
The 2012 Urban Mobility Report is the 3rd prepared in partnership with INRIX (1), a leading private sector provider of travel time information for travelers and shippers. The data behind the 2012 Urban Mobility Report are hundreds of speed data points on almost every mile of major road in urban...
Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future cover
ASCE's Failure to Act economic report series shows the economic consequences of continued underinvestment in our nation's infrastructure, and the economic gains that could be made by 2020 in terms of GDP, personal disposable income, exports, and jobs if we choose as a country to invest in our...