MDOT Seeks Comments on State Freight Project and Rail Plans
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking public comment on the Maryland State Freight Plan and the Maryland State Rail Plan, both of which have been posted online for an awareness period of 30 days that will end on August 11 before being submitted to the required federal agencies for review and approval.
The Maryland State Freight Plan (download below), which is overseen by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and required every four years, reviews existing and projected freight and supply chain conditions , and identifies statewide freight policies, strategies and projects to improve the movement of goods. efficiency and safety. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 2021 also requires some new elements for freight plans, including assessments of e-commerce, freight, supply chain flows and truck parking.
The Maryland State Rail Plan (download below), required by the Federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015, and updated all four years, outlines public and private investments and policies aimed at ensuring the efficient, safe and sustainable movement of goods by rail. Beyond federal requirements, the comprehensive list of railroad projects in the Maryland State Rail Plan allows MDOT to work strategically with private railroads and other stakeholders to meet railroad needs and provide support wherever possible, says the agency.
Both plans, which MDOT says are “essential to supporting federal, state, and private investment in Maryland’s rail and freight network” are expected to be finalized and available online later this year, once approved by the governing federal agency.
In related developments, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) late last month requested comments on its draft state railroad plan, which provides an overview of Kansas’ freight rail networks, freight flows , economic data and information about passenger rail service in the state.