File Cabinet

This is a page where we maintain a listing of resources that we think are noteworthy and interesting.


Amtrak Demand Forecasting Overview (2013)

Amtrak Marketing and Sales and PRIIA Section 209 (2013)

Amtrak Pricing and Revenue Management Overview (2013)

Engaging State Corridor Customers Through Amtrak’s Digital Channels (2016)

Amtrak: Overview (2017)
Congressional Research Service

Amtrak’s Rights and Relationships with Host Railroads (2017)

Railroad Legal Issues and Resources (2015)
National Academies Press

Alternative Funding and Financing Mechanisms for Passenger and Freight Rail Projects (2015)
National Academies Press

Short Line Railroads: Saving an Endangered Species of Freight Transport (2011)
By National Association of Development Organizations

“Living with Rail” (2016)
The Vermont Transportation Board’s 2016 Annual Report documents the comments the Board received during a recent series of public forums that focused on state transportation policy associated with trains – both passenger and freight. The report documents Vermonters’ support for, as well as concerns about, the expansion of passenger rail, future property development associated with railroad activity, and the various quality-of-life issues that come with living close to trains.

State of Service – Commuter Rail (2016)
A comprehensive overview of the MBTA Commuter Rail system.

Developing Multi-State Institutions to Implement Intercity Passenger Rail Programs (2016)
National Academies Press

Guidebook for Intercity Passenger Rail Service and Development (2016)
National Academies Press

Intercity Passenger Rail in the Context of Dynamic Travel Markets (2016)
National Academies Press

Pilot Service Proposal for Commuter Rail Extension to Foxborough (2017)

Grant Programs Overview, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned (2019)
Federal Railroad Administration

Scope of Services (2020)
Nashua-Manchester Capital Corridor Project — To Provide Engineering Services for Preliminary Engineering, Environmental Services, Financial Plan Development, Public Involvement Services, and Final Design

Framework for Assessing the Business Case ROI for Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor Investments (2021)
American Public Transit Association

Intercity rail marketing

Winter Marketing Campaign Update (2016)
LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency

Integrating Transit Svcs – Transportation in Southern Calif. (2017)
LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency

2019 Amtrak Marketing Update (2019)
Virginia Dept. of Rail & Public Transportation

Legislation & laws

IIJA Amendments to Subtitle V of Title 49 U.S.C. with FRA redline (PDF)
Federal Railroad Administration | January 21, 2022
A red-line version of 5 U.S.C. title 49 (rail programs), before and after the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

Railroad crossings

At-Grade Passenger Rail Pedestrian & Trail Crossings (2018)
McLaren Engineering Group

Sherman Street Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Upgrades
City of Cambridge, Mass. website
A central repository for information about this grade crossing and the City of Cambridge’s ongoing efforts to improve this grade crossing so that it can be designated as a Quiet Zone.

Railroad stations

ADA Compliance for Rail Stations (video: 17m)
Federal Railroad Administration | via YouTube

Connecticut Rail Station Governance Study – Task 4.4 Operations Review (PDF)
Connecticut Dept. of Transportation | 2004

Guidelines for Providing Access to Public Transportation Stations (2012)
National Academies Press


Running Express: 2017 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the United States (2017)
Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University

A Vision for the Future of Massachusetts’ Regional Transit Authorities (2019)
Report of the Task Force on Regional Transit Authority Performance and Funding
See also — Task Force on RTA Performance and Funding


Guidebook for Managing Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transit (2017)
National Academies Press

Parking Policy: Pricing and Implementation (2018)
MBTA Fiscal Management Control Board


Moving Forward with Funding | New strategies to support transportation and balanced regional economic growth (2011)
A fantastic resource for information on how transportation is funded in the Commonwealth.

Who Pays for Roads? How the “Users Pay” Myth Gets in the Way of Solving America’s Transportation Problems (2015)
By Tony Dutzik and Gideon Weissman | Frontier Group

“What Does Massachusetts Transportation Funding Support and What Are the Revenue Sources” (2017)
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

Public outreach

Public Participation Plan (2014)


Interregional Travel A New Perspective for Policy Making (2016)
National Academies Press

“The Craft of ‘Then and Now’ Photography” (2006)
By John Walker

A footnote

This file cabinet was inspired by the public file cabinet that is provided on the City of Northampton’s website.

Page last updated: January 14, 2022
Page last reviewed: November 19, 2021