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1 The OneRail Coalition Integrating Rail into the Nations Transportation System Freight Rail Day Harrisburg, PA May, 2012 Anne Canby, Director The OneRail Coalition a project of the Surface Transportation Partnership L St NW, Suite 250, Washington, D.C

2 Why a Rail coalition? –Elevate the visibility of rail as a key part of the nations transportation system –Bring all rail interests together to speak with one voice –Integrate rail into national, state, and regional transportation policies, programs, and plans

3 Value of OneRail OneRail brings passenger and freight rail stakeholders together for the first time. The coalition supports freight and passenger rail policies to: Building trust among the members Identify benefits for each member Organized & managed as a project of the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (STPP) boost economic growth create jobs enhance mobility improve energy efficiency reduce climate related emissions improve peoples quality of life

4 OneRail Focus Visibility Expand visibility of rail as a key component of nations transportation system Build a central hub for rail information ( Develop short research/message pieces to tell the rail story Outreach Reach out to target audiences to build support for rail Expand understanding of rail issues (capacity, shared use, safety, etc.) Policy Develop consensus on key policy issues Assist OneRail members in advocacy efforts re: policy positions on national legislation – surface authorization, appropriations

5 Members American Public Transportation Assn Amtrak Association of American Railroads Railway Supply Institute American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association States for Passenger Rail Coalition National Association of Railroad Passengers National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association United Transportation Union Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen Transportation Communications International Union Natural Resources Defense Council Surface Transportation Policy Partnership Associate Supporters (to date) AlstomGE Transportation AECOMHNTB Parsons TransportationParsons Brinckerhoff SYSTRA

6 OneRail Goals Shape national surface transportation policies, programs and funding to support freight and passenger rail as a key component in transport system Leverage public & private funding for rail (Amtrak, HSIR, freight)

7 OneRail Principles The U.S. should enact policies and programs that expand public and private investment in freight rail infrastructure The nations passenger rail network must be strengthened and expanded by encouraging the development of safe, affordable commuter and intercity train options for all Americans

8 Create domestic jobs and spur long-term economic growth through investment in our nations passenger and freight rail infrastructure An ongoing dedicated funding source is necessary to support intercity passenger rail

9 Federal Funding for Rail ($ in billions) FY 2012 Admin. Req. FY 2013 Senate Approps. FY 2013 National Infrastructure Investments0.500 High Performance Rail Amtrak Operating Capital Total$1.918$3.000$2.050

10 High Performance Passenger Rail Projects underway in five mega-regions representing 65% of the U.S. population


12 ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS SLIDE 3 Some Major Recent and Current Corridor and Terminal Projects - Freight RR CorridorTerminal BNSF CSX FEC NS UP Source: AAR

13 U.S. Rail Supply Industry 1,758 facilities

14 Rail Industry Jobs - Pennsylvania Type of Railroad Number of Railroads Number of Employees Freight559,121 Class I46,622 Short Line & Regional512,499 Passenger66,678 Amtrak12,670 Commuter Rail11,660 Heavy Rail21,387 Light Rail2961 Rail Supply Industry Jobs22,000 Total6137,799

15 Key Elements of Administrations Authorization Proposal – Six year $476 billion program – $47 billion high speed/performance rail program Core express, regional and emerging corridors – Create a Transportation Trust Fund with 3 sub-accounts - rail, transit, highway all with contract authority $3 billion to expand TIFIA loan program – Paying for the proposal $231 billion from the Overseas Contingency Operations fund $261 in existing Highway Trust Fund revenue

16 Key Authorization Issues for OneRail Section 130 rail highway grade crossing safety program Flexibility for State DOTs to invest in freight rail, maritime, or intermodal projects Projects of National & Regional Significance (PNRS) program Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program Rail planning provisions Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Project expediting provisions Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding for operating intercity passenger rail service Transit and parking commuter benefits parity; and Alaska Railroad FTA formula funds University Transportation Centers (UTC) program

17 Forging a truly integrated rail agenda –Define a clear sense of desired outcomes & value for each partner Strong integrated rail network for freight and passenger –Build trust among the players –Establish a stable funding resource(s) Public capital –Be willing to find ways to make it work –Identify the benefits for all partners as well as national policy Increase rail share of freight and passenger –Identify political support/allies Industry suppliers, labor, users

18 Rail Community Participation Support OneRail policies in surface and other federal legislation Help educate a range of audiences about rails advantages and benefits Outreach to state constituencies to build support for rail Help communicate the OneRail message Participate in internal coalition discussions Thoughts & Questions?

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