Freight Railroad Liaison

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Royce Gotcher
Branch Chief
(916) 654-7129

Program Overview

Working in concert with Track and Signal Construction Management, the Freight Railroad Liaison oversees the planning, implementation, and monitoring of rail and rail-related capital projects with Class I Railroads, Amtrak, the Joint Powers Authorities and Local Transportation Agencies for the benefit of California’s freight and intercity rail passengers:

  • Manages the construction of state and federally funded intercity rail projects with the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR)
  • Negotiates and executes contracts with BNSF and UPRR for engineering and construction of track and signal improvements to railroad infrastructure
  • Provides oversight to verify that project costs and materials are within contract scopes and to ensure that the completed work meets the defined benefits for Caltrans and the public
  • Coordinates capital project development including design, modeling and environmental impact review of proposed short and long term railroad infrastructure improvement projects

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Contact Information

Physical Address:

Department of Transportation
Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:

Please choose one of the following:

(Concerning Rail Ops Support and Equipment)

Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
MS 74
P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

(Concerning State and Federal Transit Programs)

Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
MS 39
P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

General Information:

DRMT Phone 916-654-8811
DRMT Fax (Rail) 916-653-4565
DRMT Fax (Mass Trans) 916-654-9366
Amtrak 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)

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