TxDOT Seeking Ideas for ‘Green’ Freight Transportation Systems

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is looking for innovative and environmentally-sensitive ways to move freight across the state.

But before the agency puts pen to paper on the planning side, they are asking transportation specialists for “how to” ideas.

TxDOT published a Request for Information (RFI) today asking for suggestions on how to develop future freight transport systems that minimize environmental impacts, specifically technologies with low carbon emissions. In addition, TxDOT wants information on developing a business model to finance, develop and operate these facilities.

Potential systems could include technology involving electromagnetic propulsion where the electricity is supplied by green technology such as wind or solar generation. Such systems could potentially operate on a rail or other fixed channel.

“At this stage, we are asking for ideas that are financially and technologically feasible, environmentally appropriate, supportive of a robust and growing Texas and that lessen long term carbon dependency”, said TxDOT’s Director for Innovative Project Development Phil Russell, “The door is open for bold new ideas to move Texas forward.”

With Panama Canal improvements and Texas’ growing global market presence, the efficient movement of freight is a key component in the future of Texas transportation and economy, particularly facilities that provide “green” alternatives.

Information submitted to TxDOT will be used to develop a plan for potential future freight transportation systems. Plan development could begin as early as this spring if a proposal is selected, with the possibility of an agreement to follow. Implementation will follow only after complete environmental and feasibility studies are conducted.

The deadline to submit a response to the RFI is 90 days after the notice appears in the Texas Register. Responses should be submitted to Mark Tomlinson, P.E., Texas Turnpike Authority Division, 125 East 11th Street, Austin 78701-2483.

For more information, call Government and Public Affairs media relations at 512 463-8588.

The Texas Department of Transportation

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining nearly 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 15,000 employees strive to empower local leaders to solve local transportation problems, and to use new financial tools, including tolling and public-private partnerships, to reduce congestion and pave the way for future economic growth while enhancing safety, improving air quality and preserving the value of the state’s transportation assets. Find out more at http://www.txdot.gov.

[Via http://www.prnewswire.com]

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