South Dakota Department of Transportation

State Rail Plan & Investment Guide

Draft Plan

The Draft State Rail Plan is now available for review.

Chapter 1

The Role of Rail in Statewide Transportation

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Chapter 2:

The State’s Existing Rail System

  • Description and Inventory
  • Trends and Forecasts
  • Rail Service Needs and Opportunities

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Chapter 3

Proposed Passenger Rail Improvements and Investments

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Chapter 4

Proposed Freight Rail Improvements and Investments

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Chapter 5

The State’s Rail Service and Investment Program

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Chapter 6

Coordination and Review

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The South Dakota State Rail Plan will address a broad spectrum of rail topics, including:

  • identification of objectives and plans for rail in South Dakota
  • inventory of rail infrastructure
  • analysis of rail-related economic, safety and environmental impacts
  • articulation of the State’s policies governing investment in rail activities and infrastructure
  • investigation of policies, needs, and issues related to the potential introduction of passenger service in South Dakota
  • establishment of a long-range investment program and policies for current and future rail infrastructure

The South Dakota State Rail Plan (SRP) will be submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Once approved by the FRA, the SRP will maximize the opportunities for federal infrastructure investment in South Dakota.

Goals & Objectives

  • Inform stakeholders and the public to create awareness about the purpose and processes used to create the State Rail Plan & Rail Investment Guide.

  • Partner with local jurisdictions, elected officials, and key stakeholders to promote project milestones and input opportunities.

  • Collect meaningful feedback from stakeholders and the public to inform the technical team during the development of the State Rail Plan and Rail Investment Guide.

  • Transform complex technical data into comprehensive graphic communication materials for stakeholders and the general public.

Rail Plan Timeline

  • February / March 2022

    Stakeholder and Public Engagement
  • March 2022

    Plan Development
  • June 2022

    Stakeholder and Public Engagement
  • September 2022

    Final Plan Submitted

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events.

Past Events

Jun 15, 2022 | Pierre Draft Plan Workshop

June - July, 2022 | Online Draft Plan Workshop

March - April, 2022 | Online Public Meeting

February 28, 2022 | Sioux Falls Public Meeting

March 1, 2022 | Mitchell Public Meeting

March 2, 2022 | Aberdeen Public Meeting

March 3, 2022 | Rapid City Public Meeting