The Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) is an independent commission representing the state in non-regulatory matters with the railroad industry. ORDC funds safety improvements at rail grade crossings, supports rail-related economic development efforts & coordinates rail concerns on ODOT highways.
Ohio has one of the largest, most concentrated rail networks in the nation with 5,187 miles of active rail. Check out the Rail in Ohio resources to view the Statewide Rail Plan, view and download rail map files, and find out more about the state's intermodal railroad terminals.
Effective rail service is a key connection for Ohio companies to their suppliers and markets worldwide, and contributes to business attraction and retention efforts. The ORDC promotes the state's rail economic opportunities while supporting safety & quality of life concerns.
The ORDC partners with private railroads to support a fast, frequent and reliable rail network connecting Ohio to the national transportation system. The commission works with railroads and communities to improve safety & expand commerce in Ohio.
The ORDC's mission is to plan, promote, and implement the improved movement of goods and people faster and safer on a rail transportation network connecting Ohio to the nation and the world. The mission is to be accomplished through a coordinated freight and passenger rail system which is an integral part of a seamless, intermodal transportation network.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of the Commission’s work is we get to see tangible results of our efforts. Whether it is a new rail connection to a company, an intermodal container train on its way to a facility in Ohio or a family stopped at a rail crossing with new lights and gates, we get to see how our work benefits the companies and citizens of Ohio on a daily basis!”
MATTHEW R. DIETRICH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The ORDC website has rail-related resources for Ohio citizens, communities, and railroads. Explore the resources here and throughout our site and contact us if you don't find what you need!