California Department of Transportation

Division of Rail and Masss Transportation

Image Royce Gotcher

Royce Gotcher
Branch Chief

(916) 654-7129

Freight Railroad Liaison

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