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DCTA Project Update. Thomas M. LeBeau Vice President Capital Projects. Agency Background. Formation 2002: (HB 3323/Chapter 460) Initial Service Plan Development Fixed Route Bus Services University of North Texas Rail Service A-train: Phase I (In service 2011)

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dcta project update

DCTA Project Update

Thomas M. LeBeau

Vice President Capital Projects

agency background
Agency Background
  • Formation 2002: (HB 3323/Chapter 460)
    • Initial Service Plan Development
      • Fixed Route Bus Services
      • University of North Texas
      • Rail Service
        • A-train:
          • Phase I (In service 2011)
            • 10 miles from Carrollton to Lewisville Lake
            • Cross platform transfer to DART (Trinity Mills)
            • Three Stations: Hebron, Old Town & Highland Village/Lewisville Lake.
agency background1
Agency Background
  • Phase II (In service 2012)
    • 11.5 miles from Lewisville Lake to Downtown Denton
    • Two Stations: MedPark & Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC)
    • DDTC Bus and Rail
  • Current Plan
    • Revenue Service June2011
      • 21.3 miles, Carrollton – Denton
      • All five Commuter Rail Stations
      • 100% Locally Funded Regional Toll Revenue Funds
corridor challenges
Corridor Challenges
  • 21.5 Miles
  • I35E
  • Missouri, Kansas, Texas
  • Rails to Trails
  • DART/Denton Owned
  • Utility Relocations
    • 19 Mile Fiber
    • 30” RAW Waterline
  • Existing Freight Service
    • DGNO Short-line
    • 4Customers
    • 3 – 5 Trains per week
station challenges
Station Challenges
  • Site Selection
    • Fixed Route Bus and Rail System Integration
  • Design Approvals
    • Municipal and Community Input
    • Simple
    • Cost Effective
    • Aesthetically Consistent
  • Jurisdictional Multi-Use Agreements
  • Two Vehicle Types:
    • Budd Rail Diesel Cars (Start-up)
    • Diesel Multiple Unit (Ultimate)
hebron station
Hebron Station
  • 9.266 Acres
    • Phase I – 6.06 Acres
    • Phase II – 3.026 Acres
  • Parking
    • Phase I – 393/13ADA
    • Phase II – 267
  • Total – 610 / 13ADA
old town station
Old Town Station
  • 9.085 Acres
    • Phase I – 5.285 Acres
    • Phase II – 3.80 Acres
  • Parking
    • Phase I – 357 / 12 ADA
    • Phase II – 240
  • Total – 587 / 12 ADA
hv ll station
HV/LL Station
  • 2.805 Acres
    • Phase I Parking
      • 133 spaces / 5 ADA
    • Phase II Parking
      • 467 spaces / 10 ADA
      • TxDOT (I35E)
  • Total – 600 / 15 ADA
medpark station
MedPark Station
  • 12.805 Acres
    • Single Phase Opening
    • Total – 705/ 18 ADA
    • Medical Center Access
downtown denton tc
Downtown Denton TC
  • 2.5 Acres
    • Parking – 60 / 13 ADA
    • Direct Access to DCTA Fixed Route Bus Service
    • 6,000SF of DCTA Bus Op’s and Retail Space
    • Enhanced Passenger Amenities
delivery method
Delivery Method
  • Construction Manager General Contractor (CMGC)
    • Pre-Construction Services
    • Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP)
    • Cost Plus Fixed Fee
  • Lessons Learned
    • Pre-Construction Start
      • NTP Early in Design
    • Design Completion (Validation)
      • Prior to GMP Negotiations
      • Value Engineering
    • Teamwork Mindset Critical
      • Agency + Designer + Contractor = Success
      • Transparency by all parties
vehicle procurement
Vehicle Procurement
  • Budd RDC vs. Stadler GTW
    • Challenges
      • Extended Vehicle Procurement
      • Clearance
      • ADA Compliant Level Boarding
      • Limited Re-work at Fleet Conversion
      • FRA Compliant vs. Non-Compliant
vehicle procurement1
Vehicle Procurement
  • Budd RDCs (Start Up)
    • Stations Constructed to Stadler GTW Boarding Requirements
      • Significant Step Difference During RDC Operations
      • ADA Compliance
      • Step Filler Solution
      • Temporary Mini High ADA Platforms
vehicle procurement2
Vehicle Procurement
  • Stadler GTW (Swiss Manufacturer)
    • Positives
      • Provides ADA Level Boarding
      • Sleek Aesthetically Pleasing Design
      • Fuel Efficient
      • Environmentally Friendly
      • Enhanced Performance
      • Crash Energy Management
    • Negatives
      • Currently FRA Non-compliant
vehicle procurement3
Vehicle Procurement
  • Alternative Vehicle Technology
    • Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) Engineering Task Force
      • Crashworthiness Guideline Development
      • FRA, APTA, Car Builders and Agencies
      • DCTA and Stadler Active Role with FRA toward Implementation
vehicle procurement4
Vehicle Procurement
  • Alternative Vehicle Technology
    • DCTA Vehicle Modifications
      • 11 Stadler GTWs Under Production to Fully Comply with FRA AVT Guidelines
      • End, Side, Corner, Rollover and Coupler Strength Requirements
      • Passenger and Operator Seat Standards
vehicle procurement5
Vehicle Procurement
  • Alternative Vehicle Technology
    • Why?
      • Increased Safety
      • Regional flexibility
      • Operate with compliant equipment
      • No temporal separation
      • Increased competition
construction progress
Construction Progress
  • At-Grade Crossings
    • Total of 43
    • Quiet Zone Design
      • Civil Upgrades
      • Crossing Warning Protection
      • FRA QZ Approvals
    • 50% Complete
    • Keys to Successful Completion
      • Jurisdictional Coordination
      • Public Involvement and Notification
construction progress1
Construction Progress
  • Structures
    • Total of 26
      • Bridge and Culvert Crossings
    • Elm Fork and Lewisville Lake
      • Major Rehabilitation
    • Loop 288 Grade Separation
      • Rail from Vehicle Traffic
      • Improve Safety
      • Traffic Congestion Relief
    • 81% Complete
construction progress2
Construction Progress
  • Facilities
    • Five Stations
      • Trinity Mills – 95% Complete
      • Hebron – 95% Complete
      • Old Town – 90% Complete
      • HV/LL – 70% Complete
      • MedPark – 40% Complete
      • DDTC – 60% Complete
    • O&M Facility
      • 25% Completion
      • Commissioning August 2011
construction progress3
Construction Progress
  • Track and Civil
    • 77% Complete
      • South to North Heading Focus
      • Two-Thirds Under Construction
      • Noise Wall Construction
    • Utility Relocations
      • 19 Mile Verizon FO – 100%
      • 30” Raw Waterline – 75%
      • DME Power Line – 100%
construction progress4
Construction Progress
  • Systems and Communications
    • 65% Complete
      • New Crossing Warning Protection
      • Preemption and Traffic Signal Upgrades
      • New Wayside Signal Upgrades
      • Fiber Optic Backbone Communication System
      • Full Communications Dispatch Center
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