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Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. Ann Arbor –Detroit Regional Rail Project Update. April 27, 2010. SAFETEA-LU The $100 Million Question. EXISTING FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENTS

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safetea lu the 100 million question
SAFETEA-LU The $100 Million Question
  • EXISTING FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENTS
    • THE following Projects are authorized for final design and construction for existing full funding grant agreements
      • Ohio, Cleveland Euclid Corridor Project, $48 million
      • Florida, Tri-Rail Commuter Upgrade Project, $11 million
      • Illinois, CTA Douglas Branch Rail Reconstruction, $84 million
      • Colorado, Denver LRT in Southeast Corridor, $79.3 million
      • Illinois, CTA North-Central Corridor Commuter Rail, $24 million
      • MD, Baltimore LRT Double Track Project, $28.7 million
safetea lu the 100 million question1
SAFETEA-LU The $100 Million Question
  • EXISTING PROJECT AUTHORIZATIONS
    • Subject to requirements of section 5309 (d) and 5309 (E) of Title 49 (Transportation) of the United States Code.
      • Michigan, Ann Arbor/Downtown Detroit Transit Improvement Project, $100 Million
      • Maryland, Baltimore Red and Green Line Projects, $102.3 million
      • Colorado, Denver Regional Transit District-West Corridor, $270 million
      • Texas, Houston, Advanced Transportation Technology System, $245 million
ann arbor to detroit regional rail
Ann Arbor to Detroit Regional Rail
  • Project Purpose
    • Three- five year demonstration project
    • Continue implementation of the region’s adopted transit plan
    • Establish accurate ridership and cost estimates for the corridor that will meet Title 49 requirements
    • Resubmit to New Starts for Federal Funding
ann arbor detroit demonstration project
Ann Arbor – Detroit Demonstration Project
  • 4 Daily Round Trips – Weekday (Peak Periods)
  • 3 Round Trips – Saturday and Sunday
  • 5 Stations (*2 New Stops*)
    • Ann Arbor
    • Ypsilanti*
    • Airport*
    • Dearborn
    • Detroit
  • Upgrades to Existing Rail Infrastructure
    • Norfolk Southern (NS)
    • Grand Trunk Western (Canadian National)
    • Conrail Shared Assets Operations (CSAO)
environmental clearance
Environmental Clearance
  • Signatory Agency
  • MDOT Environment
    • Categorical Exclusion
    • Environmental Assessment
implementation strategy
Implementation Strategy
  • Phase I: 2010
    • Static Displays: Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
    • Event Trains: Thanksgiving Day Parade
    • Other Events TBD
  • Phase II: Date TBD by funding status
    • 4 Round Trips per weekday
    • 3 Round Trips –Saturday and Sunday
  • Phase III: Date TBD (based on ridership results of demonstration)
    • 8-15 Round Trips per weekday
capital funding
Capital Funding
  • Obligated $33 million in funding to date:
    • Capital
      • Rolling Stock
        • Cab cars, coaches, and locomotives
      • Station design and construction
      • West Detroit connection track
      • Engineering and capacity analysis
total capital project cost

Total Cost

$

80,000,000

Total Obligated

$

33,000,000

Need

$

47,000,000

Total Capital Project Cost
funding plans
Funding Plans
  • Plan A
    • Gas tax increase, coupled with HR 4966 - $50 million set aside
  • Plan B
    • HSR Stimulus funding from FRA
  • Plan C
    • New $2.5 Billion funds from FRA
  • Additional funding options:
    • CMAQ
    • Foundation
    • Private
    • Bake Sale
next steps
Next Steps
  • Advocacy
    • Short term
      • Support passage of state gas tax and related legislation
      • Support passage of all transit funding legislation
      • Support high speed rail applications for the FY 2011 FRA budget
      • Support P3 legislation
    • Long Term
      • Support passage of the RTA legislation
      • Support reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU legislation