TxDOT is conducting an analysis of the freight and passenger rail transportation network to identify mutually beneficial mobility improvements. The 2010 Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Freight Study identified infrastructure improvements such as highway-rail grade separation projects and closures. Projects have been identified in the Texas Freight Mobility Plan and North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Improvement Program. However, conditions have changed over the past 10 years. Both, freight and passenger rail volume has increased. Communities in the region have continued to grow resulting in changing land use and traffic patterns. Understanding existing rail and roadway volume near rail crossings, planned roadway improvements and other local traffic patterns will help identify priority areas for improvements.
Purpose: To conduct a comprehensive analysis of the freight transportation network to identify mutually beneficial mobility improvements
Outcome: A program of projects to address freight and passenger rail mobility needs in the North Central Texas region
In 2010, TxDOT completed the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Freight Study. After assessing the existing freight rail system, the study identified infrastructure improvements such as highway-rail grade separation projects and closures. Projects have also been identified in the Texas Freight Mobility Plan (2017) and NCTCOG Transportation Improvement Program (2019-2022).
Understanding existing rail volume, planned rail capacity improvements and other rail operational information helps identify priority areas for improvements. Areas with daily train volume over 30 trains per day are a primary focus..
In addition, understanding existing roadway volume near rail crossings, planned roadway improvements, and other local traffic patterns helps identify priority areas for improvements. Approximately 5 percent of the public at-grade highway-rail crossings in the region have an average daily traffic volume over 20,000 vehicles per day.
The rail network and roadway network interface at rail crossings. Based on crossing characteristics, each location has an associated warning device. Approximately 27 percent of all public highway-rail crossings in region are grade separated crossings. The remaining crossings are equipped with flashing lights and gates, flashing lights, or other passive warning devices.
The project team is seeking your input to help identify potential improvements to address freight and passenger rail mobility needs. We are developing a survey and will provide it here. More information is available on the Rail Division webpage.
Rail Planning Section Manager
125 E. 11th St.
Austin, TX 78701