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Bureau of Public Transportation Overview for the Governor’s Commission on the Reorganization of the Department of Transportation September 6, 2007 Peter A. Richter, Jr. Bureau Chief, Public Transportation Bureau of Public Transportation MISSION STATEMENT

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peter a richter jr bureau chief public transportation

Bureau of Public Transportation Overview for theGovernor’s Commission on the Reorganization of the Department of TransportationSeptember 6, 2007

Peter A. Richter, Jr.

Bureau Chief, Public Transportation

bureau of public transportation
Bureau of Public Transportation

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Bureau of Public Transportation is for the development, maintenance, and operation of a safe and efficient system of motor carrier and rail facilities for the movement of people and goods, such as bus transit, rail operations and ridesharing programs.

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Bureau of Public Transportation

Strategic Objectives

  • Maintain existing systems to a state of good repair and enhance system safety and security
  • Review transit governance to improve efficiency and enhance management effectiveness
  • Expand bus and rail services to capture a greater share of existing markets and capture specific new markets
public transportation in connecticut
Public Transportation in Connecticut
  • Unique service delivery model
  • Impact of transit on Connecticut economy
  • Role in helping ConnDOT achieve mobility mission
connecticut public transportation
Connecticut Public Transportation
  • Large service organization - $491M in annual operating expenses, $175M ConnDOT subsidy
  • Annual rail and bus – approximately 72,000,000 passenger trips
  • 92,000 annual scheduled trains; 3,200,000 annual scheduled buses
  • 53 rail maintenance and passenger facilities; 10 bus maintenance and 5 major bus passenger facilities operated
  • Ownership and operation of over 300 rail vehicles and over 1,065 buses and vans
statewide bus system profile
Statewide Bus System Profile
  • Total Bus Transit System

CTTRANSIT, Express Bus, Transit Districts, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Dial-a-Ride and Shuttle Services

    • Annual passenger trips - 36,320,000
    • Annual revenues - $38,320,000
    • Annual expenses - $153,280,000
    • Total annual subsidy - $114,960,000
    • ConnDOT share of annual subsidy - $110,280,000
commuter rail services
Commuter Rail Services
  • New Haven Line and three Branch Lines
  • 35 Stations
  • 35,000,000 Annual Passenger Trips
  • Shore Line East
  • 8 Stations
  • 460,000 Annual Passenger Trips
rail passenger system profile
Rail Passenger SystemProfile
  • New Haven Line (NHL)
    • Weekday trains = 281/day, Saturday = 175 trains, Sunday = 146 trains
    • Annual passenger trips - 35,000,000
    • Annual revenues - $240,800,000
    • Annual expenses - $328,300,000
    • Total annual subsidy - $87,500,000
    • CDOT share of annual subsidy - $56,800,000
  • Shore Line East (SLE)
    • Weekday trains = 21 (Mon.-Thurs.), 23 (Fri.), no weekend service
    • Annual passenger trips - 460,000
    • Annual revenues - $1,300,000
    • Annual expenses - $9,600,000
    • Total annual subsidy - $8,300,000
rail freight system profile
Rail Freight System Profile
  • Over 50,000 carloads (four million tons) originate or terminate annually in Connecticut
  • Eight rail freight carriers in Connecticut
  • ConnDOT’s rail freight initiatives
    • Gross Receipts Tax Exemption Program
    • Rail Preservation and Improvement Program
    • Relay track materials from passenger lines
    • Acquisition of abandoned rights of way
capital improvement program
Capital Improvement Program
  • Annual Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Formula Funds ($90M)
  • State provides the non-federal share for most rail and bus capital improvements
  • Annual State Bond Authorization ($41M)
  • Special Authorizations
  • Other funding sources
major capital improvements
Major Capital Improvements
  • Bus
    • New Britain-Hartford Busway
    • CTTRANSIT Fleet Replacement
    • CTTRANSIT New Haven Division Maintenance Facility
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Major Capital Improvements
  • Rail
    • M8 Rail Car Procurement
    • New Haven Maintenance Facility Complex
    • NHL Overhead Catenary Wire Replacement
    • Railroad Movable Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement
organization description
Organization Description
  • Public service organization structured around business units (Rail/Bus)
    • Financial Management
    • Operations Administration
    • Capital Improvement Administration
  • Historical perspective of the services provided
  • Organizational interdependencies
office of fiscal administrative services administrative financial planning
Office of Fiscal Administrative ServicesAdministrative/Financial Planning
  • Capital Planning
    • 20 year Transit Capital Project Management Plan
    • Bond Commission submittals
    • Biennial budget submissions and mid-term updates
    • Local and state plan and program coordination
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Office of Fiscal Administrative ServicesAdministrative/Financial Planning
  • Agreements Processing
    • Coordinate the development, review and processing of all agreements and addenda including operating and capital
    • Track through an evolving database over 400 agreements and 300 addenda annually to ensure proper execution and proper inclusion in CORE
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Office of Fiscal Administrative ServicesAdministrative/Financial Planning
  • Grants Management
    • Prepare all grant activities and required quarterly progress reports through FTA’s reporting system
    • Oversee ConnDOT’s funding involvement in FTA grant activities undertaken by the Transit Districts
    • Provide liaison with FTA in coordination of all grants management activities, State Management and Triennal Review, Procurement Reviews, and regularly scheduled Progress Review meetings
    • Prepare/Coordinate National Transit Database, Disadvantage Business Enterprise, and Title VI Reporting requirements
office of fiscal administrative services contract administration
Office of Fiscal Administrative ServicesContract Administration
  • Operations Accounting
    • Process all CORE receivers (invoices) and maintain subsidy payment records
    • Record/Reconcile daily revenue deposits for CTTRANSIT and State-operated rail station parking
    • Provide customer service to vendors regarding payment status
    • Coordinate NHL and SLE operating and capital audits
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Office of Fiscal Administrative ServicesContract Administration
  • Fiscal Administration
    • Manage and report on annual funding sources
    • Coordinate all CORE activities
    • Administer annual Personal Services, Other Expenses and Equipment budgets
office of transit and rideshare program design and project implementation
Community Advocacy

Liaison to the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission (CPTC)

Represent the Bureau of Public Transportation on several interagency committees

Coordinate changes to ConnDOT’s taxi, livery, motor bus and household goods moving regulations

Office of Transit and RideshareProgram Design and Project Implementation
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Regulatory and Compliance

Licenses and regulates the taxicab, livery, motor bus and household goods carrier industries in Connecticut.

Processing applications from all regulated industries

Issuing intrastate motor bus authorities

Registering interstate authorities for motor bus

Maintaining proper records

Monitoring and enforcing ConnDOT regulations on the industries

Reviewing company financial information and approving rates and tariffs

Office of Transit and RideshareProgram Design and Project Implementation
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Bus Capital Projects

ConnDOT-Owned Bus Facilities

Transit District Maintenance Facilities

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program for Municipalities

Office of Transit and RideshareProgram Design and Project Implementation
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Marketing and Transportation Demand Management

Statewide marketing for ConnDOT Commuter Services (bus, rail and ridesharing)

Outreach to employers

Ridesharing (carpool/vanpool)

Online incentive-based ridesharing –NuRide.com

Telecommuting support services - TelecommuteCT.com

Commuter tax benefit - CommuterTaxBenefit.org

Customer information systems

Office of Transit and RideshareProgram Design and Project Implementation
office of transit and rideshare transit development and support services
Contract Services and Support

CTTRANSIT

Urban and rural transit districts

ADA paratransit

Express bus system

Statewide transit system support services

Bus service development and review

Intercity bus

Liaison for planning studies statewide

Office of Transit and RideshareTransit Development and Support Services
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Project Development

Federal Initiatives

Mandated statewide planning for coordinating public transit and human service agency transportation. Must include at least the following programs:

Job Access and Reverse Commute – Access to jobs for low-income workers

Section 5310 – Vehicle grants for agencies serving the elderly and people with disabilities

New Freedom – Expanded service for people with disabilities; beyond ADA mandates

United We Ride – Coordination of federally-funded human service agency transportation programs

State Initiatives

Municipal Grant Program – Grants to towns for paratransit serving elderly and people with disabilities

Busway – Liaison to project for all operating, bus capital, station design, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) issues and federal New Starts reporting

Liaison for various planning studies statewide

Office of Transit and RideshareTransit Development and Support Services
office of rail rail design and construction
Office of RailRail Design and Construction
  • Design and Construction
    • Enlist services of consulting engineering firms; develop scopes, direct and oversee work; and ensure compliance with FTA requirements.
    • Administer construction contracts
    • Administer inspection of State-owned railroad bridges
    • Oversee work performed by railroad forces (e.g. track programs, bridge repairs)
office of rail rail operations
Office of RailRail Operations
  • Property Administration and Control
    • Line Property Management
      • Management and oversight responsibility for 600+/- license, lease, and entry agreements
    • Stations and Business Development
      • Primary management and oversight responsibility for 43 rail station facilities
      • Preparation of all station operation and maintenance agreements
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Office of RailRail Operations

  • Maintenance of Infrastructure
    • Oversee maintenance activities that are performed by the designated railroad operator
    • Monitor railroad bridge maintenance
    • Respond to public complaints regarding railroad rights of way
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Office of RailRail Operations

  • Maintenance of Equipment
    • Project management
      • M8 rail car procurement
      • M2 major systems replacement program
      • Mafersa (VRE) equipment repair modification project
      • Locomotive and coach overhauls/procurements
    • Oversee consultant staff
    • Compliance with FTA guidelines
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Office of RailRail Operations
  • Operations
    • Oversee the New Haven Line commuter rail service operated by Metro-North Railroad and Shore Line East commuter rail service operated by Amtrak
    • Provide monthly safety program for state employees and consultants related to railroad dangers and issues
    • Liaison with freight railroads operating in Connecticut
    • Liaison for planning studies
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Office of RailRail Operations
  • Security
    • Manage and administer transit security program and direct rail emergency preparedness and contingency planning
      • Plan and participate in disaster simulation exercises and evacuation drills
      • Prepare, submit and administer transit security federal grants
      • Plan and administer transit system capital improvement projects that provide security enhancements to rail facilities
      • Monitor security projects and oversee federal reporting requirements to ensure compliance with federal regulations/guidelines
      • Represent the Department and establish strong communication contact with transit security partners and other public transportation groups
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Office of RailRail Regulatory

  • Rail Regulatory and Compliance
    • Responsibility for Connecticut General Statute requirements
    • Investigation of at-grade railroad crossing accidents and fatalities
    • Maintenance of railroad/highway at-grade crossing inventory records
    • Inspections of all new and reconstructed public and private railroad/highway at-grade crossings to ensure compliance with federal and State requirements
organizational interdependencies
External

Office of the Governor

Other State Agencies

Federal Agencies

Service Contractors

RPOs/MPOs

Advocacy Groups

Towns

Internal

Office of the Commissioner

Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations

Bureau of Policy & Planning

Bureau of Finance & Administration

Organizational Interdependencies
bureau of public transportation who we are what we do
Bureau of Public TransportationWho we are – What we do
  • Large service organization
  • Efficient structure of services
    • Operating
    • Capital
  • Connecticut public transportation promotes a balanced, efficient transportation system