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TRB’s National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP) Report 6: Guidebook for Intercity Passenger Rail Service and Development presents the resources, strategies, analytical tools, and techniques to support all phases of planning and decision making in the development of intercity passenger rail service at state, regional, or multistate levels. Components of this guide address three major phases required to build and operate passenger rail: planning, design and construction, and operations. The guide details each primary phase into major required subtasks.

The Contractor’s Final Report, included as Appendix F, presents additional background information gathered during preparation of the guide: a comprehensive resource matrix listing documents related to intercity passenger rail service and development; generalized results extracted from interviews with public-sector representatives, Amtrak, and freight rail stakeholders; and results of an online survey used to help build components of the guide.

This guide serves as a companion report to other NCRRP series reports: NCRRP Report 1: Alternative Funding and Financing Mechanisms for Passenger and Freight Rail Projects and NCRRP Report 5: Developing Multi-State Institutions to Implement Intercity Passenger Rail Programs.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Guidebook for Intercity Passenger Rail Service and Development. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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