File Cabinet

This is a page where we maintain a listing of resources that we think are noteworthy, even though they are only indirectly related to the primary topic of this website.



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)

Train Operations | Adopting Leading Practices Could Improve Passenger Boarding Experience (PDF)
Amtrak Office of Inspector General | 2016

Amtrak: Overview (PDF)
Congressional Research Service | 2017

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


Rail (non-Amtrak related)

“Living with Rail”
Vermont Transportation Board 2016 Report
The 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.

Pilot Service Proposal for Commuter Rail Extension to Foxborough (PDF)
MassDOT | February 2017

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

Buzzards Bay Commuter Rail Extension | Local Impact Report (PDF)
Cape Cod Commission | April 2015
This reports contains a lot of very useful information about the MBTA Commuter Rail network.

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

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.

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

Inventory of State and Federal, Passenger and Freight Rail Programs (2017)
National Academies Press

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

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

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

Railroad Legal Issues and Resources (2015)
National Academies Press

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


Intercity Rail Marketing

Berkshire Flyer Identity Presentation (2019)

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

Winter Marketing Campaign Update (2016)
LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency

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


Railroad Crossing Safety

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



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

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



Parking Policy: Pricing and Implementation (PPT)
MBTA Fiscal Management Control Board | June 18, 2018

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



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

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

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


Public outreach

Public Participation Plan (PDF)
MassDOT | May 2014



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

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

“The Craft of ‘Then and Now’ Photography”
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. If only every governmental entity was so open with the information held in their public files.



Page last updated: August 3, 2020
Page last reviewed: January 18, 2017