Initiative 2b: New and Upgraded Infrastructure, Intermodal Terminals

New and Upgraded Railways
Description: The construction of new rail lines, or upgrades to existing rail lines
Targeted mode: All traffic Geographic scope: Corridor
Type of initiative: Infrastructure management: major improvements Primary objective: Improve inadequate infrastructure/ enhance safety
Expected costs and level of effort to implement: Costs will vary depending on whether a project modifies existing infrastructure, or involves new construction. Generally, the costs associated with this type of initiative are very high. Planning should involve public and private sectors; projects will require availability of both types of funding, given that most rail infrastructure is privately owned and operated.
Advantages:

  • Enhance safety
  • Facilitate multimodal freight
  • Reduce vehicle-miles traveled
  • Reduces congestion
  • Reduce infrastructure damage
Disadvantages:

  • May require very high capital investments
  • May require private sector investments
  • Require extensive coordination and integration between stakeholders as the rail network is mainly owned by private-sector entities
  • Moderate probability for unintended consequences
    • May impact competitiveness of alternate modes
Examples:

  • CREATE Project implemented in Chicago, IL, United States (CREATE 2003)
  • Revitalizing rail freight in Wielkopolska, Slovenia (CASTLE 2009)
  • Alameda Corridor in California, United States (Alameda Corridor Transport Authority 2013)

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Source: Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) 2013

Related alternatives: 1. Ring Roads; 2. Freight Cluster Development (Freight Village); 3.Freight Parking and Loading Zones; 4. Truck Stops/ Parking Outside of Metropolitan Areas
References: CREATE 2003; Douglas 2003; Ballis 2006; CASTLE 2009; Department for Transport 2010b

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