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 2018 State Rail Plan Update

​The public comment period for the 2018 State Rail Plan Update Draft is now closed.  Thank you for submitting.
You can find the draft plan here.

 Active Projects for Public Comment


​The Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) is seeking public comments regarding certain active projects. Follow the link below for project names and additional information about these projects. 



 ORDC Quick Links


 Upcoming Meetings

Ohio Rail Development Commission Meeting

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 
11:00 a.m.
at the Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio

Full Meeting Packet
Standing Committees will meet at 10:00 a.m.
For more information contact:
Wende Jourdan
Ohio Rail Development Commission

 About the ORDC

The Ohio Rail Development Commission's mission is to plan, promote, and implement the improved movement of goods and people faster and safer on a rail transportation network connecting Ohio to the nation and the world.   The mission is to be accomplished through a coordinated freight and passenger rail system which is an integral part of a seamless, intermodal transportation network contributing to Ohio's quality of life and economic development.
ORDC improves public safety by funding grade crossing safety improvements.
ORDC provides grants, loans, and other assistance to:
  • perform a vital economic development function by assisting businesses locating or expanding in Ohio with rail spurs and other rail infrastructure;
  • help rehabilitate light density branch lines on small short-line and regional railroads;
  • assist in the acquisition and continued operation of branch lines;
  • address special rail problems such as mainline congestion and assisting businesses with rail-related issues; and
  • assist with promotion of the rail-related tourism industry.
 The ORDC was created in 1994 under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4981.