Update of the State Freight and Rail Plan

Service Champion

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Eric Schroeter, P.E. Portrait
Eric Schroeter
Title
Assistant Chief Engineer
Contact Info

Missouri Department of Transportation
105 W. Capitol Ave.
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-526-2903​
Email: Eric.Schroeter@modot.mo.gov
Bio: Link

Project Manager

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Cheryl Ball Portrait
Cheryl Ball, IMPM
Title
Waterways and Freight Administrator
Department
Multimodal Operations
Contact Info

573.526.5578 office
573.508.7557 cell
FAX:  573.526.4709
Cheryl.Ball@MoDOT.MO.gov

Purpose of the Project:

The State Freight and Rail Plan (SFRP) Update develops a document to further the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) goal of investing in projects that spur economic growth and create jobs. It also provides data to inform decisions to accomplish the other LRTP goals of taking care of the system, keep travelers safe, give Missourian’s transportation choices, improve reliability and reduce congestion of the transportation system. This plan will provide information and guidance for investment decisions at MoDOT to enhance the passenger rail and all modes of freight movement in the state.

MoDOT has a multi-division team guiding the development of the $2 million SFRP Update consultant contract. This team assures the project includes tools providing freight-related data such as tonnage, value and importance of segments to the Missouri business supply-chain. This data will be provided in formats to assist divisions incorporating the information into their decision-making processes. The public engagement from the SFRP Update assists MoDOT in making timely selections for freight-focused discretionary grant applications.

Title 23 and 49 of the U.S. Code requires each state to have current State Freight Plan and a State Rail Plan to access portions of the federal funds and apply for multiple discretionary grants.

The final SFRP was approved in June 2022 by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. The SFRP was submitted to USDOT for approval in August 2022. Final approval from USDOT is anticipated by December 5, 2022, when the former plan expires.