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1 Ohio Department of Transportation Ohio Statewide Freight Study/Plan Ohio Department of Transportation with Parsons Brinckerhoff SCORT

2 Ohio Department of Transportation Ohio $Imports 2 Trade imbalance – To gain economic balance, we must export SCORT

3 Ohio Department of Transportation Ohio $Exports 3 Ohio’s No. #1 customer = Canada SCORT

4 Ohio Department of Transportation National Freight System at a Glance

5 Ohio Department of Transportation Ohio Rail System 5 Rail Freight Traffic Density Amtrak Passenger Rail Service SCORT

6 Ohio Department of Transportation Statewide Freight Plan Ohio  Plan Development –Included in Ohio’s Long Range Transportation Plan AO 2040 Update and expansion of the 2010 Statewide Rail Plan Freight Rail –Modal analysis included in the Statewide Freight Plan Passenger Rail –Modal analysis covered within AO 2040 transit SCORTMay 30,

7 Ohio Department of Transportation State Rail Freight  Ohio has a very strong rail freight system  Large amount of public and private investment over the last 10 years, especially in intermodal  Capacity to do more, within economic and service constraints –Shipment size –Customer accessibility to rail –Speed and reliability 7 SCORT

8 Ohio Department of Transportation Freight Rail Issues  Abandonments or underuse – there are still rail lines which are in disuse, with the threat of abandonment –Represents overcapacity, yet the rail corridors may once again be needed  Marginal economics of some short line operators; lack of traffic to reinvest  Deficient infrastructure (especially short lines) such as inability to handle 286k pound cars; rail bridge and grade crossing deficiencies 8 SCORT

9 Ohio Department of Transportation Freight Multimodal Needs  Short term: Strategic rail lines in shale oil country may need reactivation  Many short-line railroads need upgrades to handle standard 286K pound railcars  Railroads have the capacity and economic potential to absorb some growth  Natural gas reserves are spurring transportation fuel conversion and increased desire for fueling infrastructure. SCORT Inactive Rail Lines (blue) 9

10 Ohio Department of Transportation Rail Strategies  Mode shift: –Good data on truck freight to gauge the commodity/distance that could be “divertible” to rail; –Expanding domestic intermodal via NS and CSX investments –Estimate benefits to highway system, and other public benefits  Reporting on rail freight deficiencies (“state of the system?”) to illustrate investment needs  New or expanding markets –Shale oil and gas –Agriculture export –Overweight highway loads 10 SCORT

11 Ohio Department of Transportation Statewide Freight Plan Next Steps: MAP 21, SEC Requirements for State Freight Plans  Freight trends, needs, and issues  Freight policies, strategies, performance measures to guide investment  Improved ability to meet national freight goals  Technologies and strategies to improve freight safety and efficiency  Improve facilities that ease the intermodal exchange of goods SCORT May 30,

12 Ohio Department of Transportation Statewide Freight Study / Plan Mark Locker The Ohio Department of Transportation Office of Statewide Planning & Research Manager Maritime, Freight & Logistics With the Help of Parsons Brinckerhoff SCORTMay 30, 2012


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