High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program Program Update and Development Standing Committee on Rail Transportation (SCORT) September 20, 2010
Agenda • HSIPR Program Update • Program Development – Next Steps • Identifying Priorities: Group Discussions (after break) 1 2 3
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HSIPR Program Development Timeline PRIIA Oct 16, 2008 ARRA Feb 17, 2009 Selection Announcements Jan 28, 2010 FY10 Funding Spring/Summer 2010 FY11 Appropriations Fall 2010 Authorization $8 Billion President Announces Selections $2.5 Billion Next Round of Funding
HSIPR round 1 selections $1 Billion for Upgrades to Existing Intercity Passenger Rail Services $9.45 Million for Planning Studies $3.5 Billion for Emerging High-Speed Rail Services (79 – 110 mph) $3.5 Billion for High-Speed Rail Express Services (150 mph+) 82 Applications from 31 States Corridor Development Program Projects Laying Foundation for High-Speed Rail
Round 1 grant agreement update • Top priority: round 1 grant awards • Project Definitions • Financial Plan • Project Management Plan • Agreements • Documentation: “Continuous Improvement Process”
Round 2 applications under review 128 applications and $8.8 billion requested by 32 States ME WA NH MT VT ND MN ID MA OR NY WI RI MI SD WY CT PA NJ CA IA NV NE IL OH UT IN DE WV VA CO MO MD KS D.C. KY NC AZ NM OK TN AR SC TX GA AL MS LA FL Application(s) Submitted Includes all applications submitted onMay 19, 2010, for FY 2009 Residual projects and FY 2010 Planning projects; and applications submitted on August 6, 2010, for FY 2010 Service Development Programs and Individual Projects
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Objectives for developing HSIPR Program policy Program Documentation Hierarchy Comprehensive approach to program documentation Provide clarity and consistency Ensure level of documentation is appropriate to the topic Focus initially on grantees’ immediate issues Establish collaborative, transparent, and thorough process Get it right the first time More defined & long-term, lengthy development process, strong legal standing, fewer issues covered. Statute Rules/Regs Flexible & adaptable, faster development process, weaker legal standing, more issues covered. Guidance FAQs
Different process for developing each document • Process: Formal • Publications: Federal Register • Public comment: Multiple periods • Outreach: Broad-based and regulated • Purpose: Establish program-specific requirements • Length: Years • Process: Internal FRA approval • Publications: FRA website • Public comment: No formal process • Outreach: Targeted • Purpose: Address immediate stakeholder issues • Length: Weeks • Process: Congressional • Publications: U.S. Code • Public comment: No formal process • Outreach: Hearings • Purpose: Create high-level program structure • Length: Variable • Process: Agency-determined • Publications: Federal Register & FRA website • Public comment: Single period • Outreach: Targeted • Purpose: Provide direction on issues facing all projects and grantees • Length: Months Statute Rules/Regs Guidance FAQs
Federal rulemaking process Source: Neil Eisner, “Rulemaking Requirements,” U.S. Department of Transportation, April 2009.
Proposed timeline for program guidance and rulemaking Initial Outreach FAQ and Guidance Development ? ANPRM Rulemaking Process Reauthorization Final Rule
Initial outreach strategy Who? What? How? • State DOTs/agencies • Regional rail authorities • Railroads • Manufacturers/suppliers • Transit, airports, other modes • Interest groups/public • Prioritize immediate needs • Identify major gaps in current guidance • Gather input on answers to program questions • Breakout sessions at industry conferences • FRA-owned working groups and meetings • Regular FRA-led conference calls Results • Develop FAQs, guidance, and rules in collaboration with stakeholders to define the HSIPR Program
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Three key areas for further guidance • 1. Project Development • Planning: • Service Development Plan • Service NEPA • Project: • Preliminary Engineering • Project NEPA • Implementation: • Final Design • Construction • 2. Project Delivery • Project Management: • Project Management Plan/Organization • Risk Management • System Safety and Security • Grants Reporting and Oversight • Financial Plan: • Cost Estimates • Project Financing • Public/Private Partnerships • Agreements: • Railroad Owner • Service Operator • Project Sponsor 3. Roles & Responsibilities Note: The topics provided here are only a few of the many topics that will need to be developed and documented.
3. Project Development Questions For You • Planning: • Service Development Plan • Service NEPA • Project: • Preliminary Engineering • Project NEPA • Implementation: • Final Design • Construction • Where do you need more clarity to be able to successfully develop your projects? • Which topics/gaps are highest priority? Lowest priority?
2. Project Delivery Questions For You • Project Management: • Project Management Plan • Organizational Structure • Risk Management • System Safety and Security • Grants Reporting and Oversight • Financial Plan: • Cost Estimates • Project Financing • Public/Private Partnerships • Agreements: • Railroad Owner Agreements • Service Operator Agreements • Project Sponsor Agreements • Where do you need more clarity to be able to successfully develop your projects? • Which topics/gaps are highest priority? Lowest priority?
Roles & Responsibilities Your Assignment • On the activity sheet: • Use your stickers to identify the partner(s) that should lead each activity • Discuss with your group: • Which areas of responsibility do you agree about? • Which activities should be shared across two or more partners and how? Activity Sheet