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    Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
    September 20, 2000


    Bowling Green  Today, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor and members of the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) Subcommittee released the Railroad Grade Separation Program=s Policies and Procedures Manual.

    AI am extremely happy about the quality of input we received from local business leaders, elected officials, and law enforcement and safety officials while developing the guidelines for this program,@ said Proctor.

    The manual outlines the screening process to determine the eligibility of a nominated project. Applications that meet the established criteria will be prioritized into an annual Aclass@ of projects by the committee. Each year, these projects will be classified into three tiers: Tier I, projects to receive funding for construction; Tier II, further study of a project; and Tier III, no further development of the project. The ranking system is modeled after a similar process used by the TRAC, a selection committee that reviews and ranks Major New construction projects.

    Nearly 60 percent of funding for the initiative will be provided by ODOT. In some cases, railroad funds may be pooled with TRAC funds to provide a comprehensive community solution. Additional funds will be obtained from the Ohio legislature, railroads, local governments, as well as the federal government. The first round of projects will be announced in December.

    In February, Gov. Taft announced the 200-million,10-year program to provide railroad grade separations to communities most affected by increased train traffic as a result of the recent acquisition of Conrail by the Norfolk Southern Railway Company and CSX Transportation, Inc.

    Applications will be accepted through Nov. 20. Copies of the application and the manual can be obtained from Mike Ciotola, ODOT=s rail grade separation program manager, or accessed from the department=s Web site at: 


    Applications should be sent to:
     The Ohio Department of Transportation
    Attention: Mike Ciotola, railroad grade separation program manager
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43223

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