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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Contracting Commuter Rail Services, Volume 2: Commuter Rail System Profiles. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25256.
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Project No. TCRP G-14 TCRP Research Report 200 Contracting Commuter Rail Services Volume 2: Commuter Rail System Profiles Prepared for Transit Cooperative Research Program Transportation Research Board of The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Linda Cherrington, Allan Rutter, and Curtis Morgan Texas A&M Transportation Institute College Station, TX In association with Emmanuel S. “Bruce” Horowitz ESH Consult Alexandria, VA James Stoetzel Georgetown, MA Shelly Brown Shelly Brown Associates, LLC Seattle, WA May 2018 Permission to use any unoriginal material has been obtained from all copyright holders as needed.

The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 by an Act of Congress, signed by President Lincoln, as a private, non- governmental institution to advise the nation on issues related to science and technology. Members are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research. Dr. Marcia McNutt is president. The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to bring the practices of engineering to advising the nation. Members are elected by their peers for extraordinary contributions to engineering. Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr., is president. The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) was established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to advise the nation on medical and health issues. Members are elected by their peers for distinguished contributions to medicine and health. Dr. Victor J. Dzau is president. The three Academies work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine. Learn more about the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at www.national-academies.org. The Transportation Research Board is one of seven major programs of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to increase the benefits that transportation contributes to society by providing leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal. The Board’s varied committees, task forces, and panels annually engage about 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia, all of whom contribute their expertise in the public interest. The program is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other organizations and individuals interested in the development of transportation. Learn more about the Transportation Research Board at www.TRB.org.

iii Author Acknowledgments Research for the commuter rail system profiles was performed through TCRP Project G-14 Contracting Commuter Rail Services by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) in association with ESH Consult, James Stoetzel, and Shelly Brown Associates, LLC. Linda Cherrington of TTI was the principal investigator for the project. Allan Rutter and Curtis Morgan of TTI; Emmanuel S. “Bruce” Horowitz of ESH Consult; James Stoetzel; and Shelly Brown of Shelly Brown Associates, LLC, contributed to the content of the profiles. Shuman Tan and Jinuk Hwang of TTI created the commuter rail profiles and prepared updates. The research team acknowledges with appreciation the commuter rail agency staff who took the time to provide information and review drafts of the profiles.

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TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has released a pre-publication, non-edited version of Research Report 200: Contracting Commuter Rail Services, Volume 2: Commuter Rail System Profiles. TCRP Research Report 200: Contracting Commuter Rail Services is a two-volume set that presents guidance on the different approaches for providing commuter rail service and includes decision trees to assist public transportation agencies and other key stakeholders in determining how to implement commuter rail or evaluate changes in their approach to service delivery of an existing system.

Volume 2: Commuter Rail System Profiles describes the 31 commuter rail services in North America and the various delivery approaches, and documents a broad range of strategies and approaches for managing the operation and maintenance issues associated with the contracting of commuter rail services.

Volume 1: Guidebook provides an evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of each potential approach for providing commuter rail service, including the primary functions for commuter rail delivery—train operations, dispatch, maintenance of way, and maintenance of equipment. The guidebook includes a decision tree analysis and summarizes current trends for contracting commuter rail services, as well as highlights innovative approaches for contracting transportation services.

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