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New Waterways, Transit and Rail Directories Available

Thursday, January 12, 2006 | 06:00pm

TDOT offers the new guides free on-line or by mailNashville, Tenn.–The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Division of Public Transit, Rail and Waterways has published three directories that are now available to the public.

The newest is the first edition of the Tennessee Waterways Directory. It lists resource information for recreation related to various rivers and lakes in the state such as public terminals, dams, state parks information and National Rivers Hall of Fame facts. It also provides important safety contact information in case of emergencies including local Coast Guard facilities, and marine equipment and repair vendors that serve the public. There are websites and contact information on various state and federal environmental and conservation associations, organizations and publications as well.

“The Waterways Directory is intended to be a helpful tool for the public and for industry professionals. It will also be used in the event of any future land/water emergencies,” stated Diane Davidson, Division Director. “We are happy to be able to provide all of these directories to the public and hope they take advantage of these free tools.”

TDOT has also published a Shortline Railroad Directory. It includes information about the 22 shortline railroads operating in Tennessee including what areas they cover, what products they carry and how many carloads per year they haul. Maps are also included.

The Public Transit Directory lists information about 28 rural and urban public transit systems serving all 95 counties in the state. The services provided by those systems vary depending upon the specific needs of the community and include light rail, fixed route bus, deviated fixed route bus, demand response mini-bus or van services and trolley lines. This year, the Music City Star Commuter rail line is expected to begin service between Lebanon and Nashville. In partnership with each of these systems last year, more than 30 million passenger trips were provided to serve the mobility needs of citizens and visitors to Tennessee. TDOT provides state and federal financial assistance for the operation of these systems.

Complimentary copies of the three directories are available in PDF format on the TDOT website at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/publications.htm. The directories can also be ordered by calling the Division of PublicTransit, Rail and Waterways at (615)741-1341.

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