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Our Mission

The state departments of transportation are bringing a new era of passenger rail to the United States. State DOTs are responsible for planning, building, and delivering high-speed and intercity passenger rail and are working collaboratively with existing freight and passenger railroads and the Federal Railroad Administration to achieve success.

For more information on AASHTO's High-Speed Rail program, contact Shayne Gill,

What's New? 


Orlando-Miami Train Needs Just 1 More Deal Before It Can Roll 



Amtrak's DC-Norfolk Service Sees Significant Passenger Use 


Oregon's Two New Trains Now Have Names 


Amtrak's Vermonter Sees Reduction in Travel Time Due to Improvements 

Amtrak speeds to largest-ever ridership in Michigan

SCORT 2012: Portland Maine
Meeting Agenda
Administrator Szabo's Keynote Speech

To access the Federal Register Notices use the following links:  


  • Funding Availabilities; Solicitations of Applications:
    Pilot Project Grants in Support of Railroad Safety Risk Reduction Programs , 35466–35471 [2012–14418] Link (PDF) Link (Text)
  • National Environmental Policy,   Act Implementation 35471–35473 [2012–14414] Link (PDF) Link (Text)

Press Releases from AASHTO, Amtrak, States and Federal Government 


Amtrak begins 110mph Service in Michigan

Washington State DOT Releases their monthly rail update

US DOT and NIST/MEP launch partnership to help connect passenger railcar builders and US suppliers to help achieve 100% Buy America goal.  Visit the NIST/MEP web site 


California High Speed Rail Authority Releases Preferred Route Through Valley. Train Stations in Downtown Merced and Fresno

Michigan DOT Announces Ridership Growth on all three Amtrak Lines


US DOT announces millions for New York and Washington State to improve rail service



A world class system of high-speed and intercity passenger rail in America is no longer just a dream. It is real and its success is critical to transforming transportation in our lifetime.


State departments of transportation have spearheaded the effort to develop and fund a national intercity passenger rail system for the past decade. They have planned, financed, and delivered successful intercity passenger rail service, and they will lead the development of high-speed rail systems across the nation.


Fueled by $8 billion in economic recovery funding, and a strong consensus of continuing support in Congress, America is making a permanent investment in passenger rail. Regardless of which routes are first to get awards, there will not be winners and losers. There will be winners and future winners.


State transportation departments are providing best practices, technical assistance, standards development and planning to create the next generation of passenger rail service connecting America.