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Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies (R16)
Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies (R16)
Product Overview

Thousands of highway projects - either those renewing existing roadways or building new ones - intersect with railroad crossings. By using the tools included in Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies (R16), public agencies and railroads can identify and work through possible sources of conflict and develop agreements to advance these projects. This product includes a collection of railroad-DOT model agreements, sample contracts, training materials, and standardized best practices.

The R16 research report, Strategies for Improving the Project Agreement Process Between Highway Agencies and Railroads, outlines recommended practices and offers eight different model documents to expedite negotiations.

Community of Interest​

The Community of Interest (COI) brings together representatives from DOTs at the federal and state level and their railroad counterparts to improve coordination and communication via peer exchanges, webinars, and meetings.​

Innovation Library​
  • Applications of R16 tools to real-world issues and projects

​Case Studies

Tools and Technologies
  • Standardized Model Agreements
  • Training Modules
  • TRB Guidance Documents

Presentations and Webinars
(Note: See all COI meeting presentations and webinars in the "Community of Interest​" section.)


In the News

Implementation Assistance Program
  • 16 states are implementing Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies as part of the Implementation Assistance Program (IAP). South Dakota, Arkansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas, Idaho, and California received funding through Round 2 of the IAP program. Delaware, Kentucky, New York, District of Columbia, Florida, North Carolina, and Utah received funding through Round 5 of the IAP program. Oregon and Virginia received funding through Round 7 of the IAP program.
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Related Links

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is using tools from Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies to coordinate projects involving railroads.


By using Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies, Texas Department of Transportation reduced railroad agreement processing time from 12+ weeks to as little as 3-4 weeks.