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OHIO & LAKE ERIE REGIONAL RAIL CLEVELAND HUB STUDYOhio Rail Development Commission TMACOG Annual Transportation Summit September 29, 2003
Ohio and Lake Erie Regional Rail Cleveland Hub An 860 mile rail system with 32 Stations. Serving 22 million people in 24 cities and towns.
Study Goals and Objectives • Forecast system ridership and revenue • Estimate operating and maintenance costs • Evaluate inter-modal connections with airports
Study Goals and Objectives • Analyze alternative routes • Examine synergies with other corridors • Incorporate into the State Transportation Plan Access Ohio • Apply for FRA High Speed Rail Designation
Railroad Objectives • Provide opportunities for and encourage railroad input in the planning process. • Be sensitive to the railroad’s needs for capacity and future growth. • Expand railroad capacity while improving the fluidity of railroad operations.
Infrastructure and Engineering Objectives • Keep railroads whole • Expand capacity (mainlines, sidings, yards, bridges) • Improve fluidity and reliability • Eliminate bottlenecks; decrease train travel time; and increase train speeds • Examine three investment scenarios (design speed) • 79 mph; 90 mph; 110 mph (Top Speed of 125 mph) • Improve safety and grade crossing warning systems • Capital costs and improvement concepts are based on field observations by HNTB and Amtrak
Talgo Flexliner Acela Gas Turbine Modern Equipment Technology
Findings • Significant Regional Travel Market and Potential for Intercity Rail. • Strong Ridership Estimates. • System Benefits from Connectivity. • Competitive Travel Times with the Automobile. • Regional Economic Benefits.
System Hub Total with Modern Technology (Option 1, Max. speed at 110-mph) Ridership Passenger Revenue 4.120 M $176.973 M Cleveland-Detroit Ridership Revenue 1.763 M $43.756 M Cleveland-Buffalo- Toronto Ridership Revenue 0.688 M $29.749 M Cleveland-Columbus- Cincinnati Ridership Revenue 1.834 M $78.331 M Cleveland-Pittsburgh Ridership Revenue 0.786 M $25.036 M 2025 Ridership and Revenue Forecast
Possible Implementation • EIGHT TO TEN YEAR IMPLEMENTATION (Assumes Federal Funds) • START-UP SERVICE: 79 MPH, 2-3 Trains per day (2 to 5 Years) • 1. Cleveland – Columbus – Dayton - Cincinnati • 2. Cleveland – Detroit • 3. Cleveland – Pittsburgh • 4. Cleveland – Buffalo – Toronto • FULL SERVICE: 110 MPH, 6-8 Trains per day (5 to 10 Years) • 1. Cleveland – Columbus – Dayton - Cincinnati • 2. Cleveland – Detroit • 3. Cleveland – Pittsburgh • 4. Cleveland – Buffalo – Toronto
Preliminary Economic Impact • Jobs Created • 16,000 temporary construction jobs created • 300 full-time operating jobs created • 2,000 indirect job benefits • Property Value Increases • Approximately $1 billion increase in Ohio property values. • Income • Annual income increased by $256 million • Annual tax revenues increased by $28 million
Next Steps • Complete Federal Railroad Administration Study of Track Maintenance Costs and incorporate results into the Cleveland Hub financial and economic analysis.
Next Steps • Distribute draft report to railroads and steering committee for comment. • Build support at the local, state, and national levels (Ohio program) • Hold public outreach meetings. • Hold meetings with the business community.
Next Steps • Conduct detailed Economic Impact Study. • Initiate ODOT Environmental and Project Development Process. • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process • First 4 Steps of ODOT’s Major Project Development Process.
Passenger Rail Investment Reform Act of 2003 • Proposed by USDOT. • Removes Amtrak from the discussion of how to improve passenger rail service in the U.S. • Places responsibility for passenger rail development in the hands of the states and federal government. • Reduces Amtrak’s role to that of a service provider.
Passenger Rail Investment Reform Act of 2003 • Envisions a national system of interconnected corridors, rather than a network of long distance trains. • Is consistent with Ohio’s corridor planning. • Recognizes the real cost of access to railroad tracks and railroad property.
Other Proposed Federal Bills • S. 1505, The American Rail Equity Act of 2003, (AREA) • HR 2571, Rail Infrastructure Development and Expansion Act for the 21st Century, (RIDE-21) • ARRIVE-21, To be introduced soon. • Rail infrastructure investment bills: H. 1617, HR 2192, HR 876,