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R16 Community of Interest

Community of Interest (R16)

The Community of Interest (COI) brings together representatives from transportation agencies, railroads, associations, AASHTO, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Railroad Administration to discuss efforts to improve coordination and communication between DOTs and railroads. Through peer exchanges and webinars, the COI shares best practices, lessons learned, challenges, accomplishments, model agreements, and processes used between railroads and highway agencies nationwide.

COI Participants
COI In-Person Meetings

COI Meeting, March 5 - 6, 2019

COI Meeting, March 27-28, 2018, Fort Worth, TX

COI Meeting, Feb. 7-8, 2017, Washington, D.C.

Presentations and Webinars
  • COI Virtual Meeting, April 3, 2019
  • Best Practices Related to Flagging Agreements, March 21, 2019
  • Improving Grade Crossing Safety Using Predictive Analytics and New Technology, November 7, 2018
  • Railroad Signaling 101, October 18, 2018
  • Expanding Use of Drones in the Railroad Environment, August 8, 2018
  • Section 130 Funding, Part II, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, May 18, 2018
  • DOT-Freight Master Agreements: Best Practices, February 15, 2018
    • Webinar Recording
    • Webinar Slides
    • Highlights:
      • Crossing Signals Master Agreements: North Carolina's Experience (Richard Mullinax, North Carolina DOT)
      • Project Review and Contract Flagging (Robert Travis, Texas DOT)
      • BNSF Railway Company Public Projects Presentation: Agency Master Agreements (Taylor Smith, BNSF)
  • State and Railroad User Manuals and Training: Best Practices, September 7, 2017
    • Webinar Recording
    • Webinar Slides
    • Highlights:
      • Utah DOT's Railroad Coordination Manual of Instruction (Alana Spendlove, Utah DOT and Patty Jones, DB Consulting)
      • CSX's Process for Public Project Participation (Troy Creasy, CSX)
  • FRA/FHWA Joint Webinar: Highway-Railway Grade Crossing Action Plans and Project Prioritization Noteworthy Practices, June 20, 2017 (MP4)
    • Noteworthy Practices Guide (Ron Ries, FRA)
    • State Action Plans (Dee Chappell, FRA)
    • Q&A (Kelly Morton, FHWA)
  • Getting the Most from Your Section 130 Program, May 16, 2017
    • Webinar Slides
    • Highlights:
      • Q&A with FHWA on Section 130 (Kelly Morton, FHWA Office of Safety)
      • How Michigan DOT Takes Advantage of the Section 130 Program (Kris Foondle, Michigan DOT Office of Rail)
      • The Section 130 Program from the Railroad Perspective (Stephen Klinger, Norfolk Southern Grade Crossing Program)
    • Rail-Highway Crossings (Section 130) Program References
  • COI Kick-Off Webinar, September 27, 2016
    • Webinar Recording
    • Webinar Slides
    • Highlights:
      • Overview of SHRP2 and Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies (R16) (Pam Hutton, AASHTO and Joe Taylor, FHWA)
      • Making this your Community of Interest (Kate Kurgan, AASHTO and Sherry Appel, Appelworks)
      • DOT Perspectives (Allen Rust, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Dan Leonard, PennDOT, and Mike Loehr for the South Dakota DOT)
      • Railroad Perspectives (Sarod Dhuru, BNSF Railway, Amanda DeCesare and Troy Creasy, CSX)
  • R16 Round 7 Implementation Assistance Program Webinar, March 15, 2016 (Adobe Connect)