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.