Expert Panel Sessions
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.