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  1. DCTA Project Update Thomas M. LeBeau Vice President Capital Projects

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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)

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. MedPark Station • 12.805 Acres • Single Phase Opening • Total – 705/ 18 ADA • Medical Center Access

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Vehicle Procurement • Alternative Vehicle Technology • Why? • Increased Safety • Regional flexibility • Operate with compliant equipment • No temporal separation • Increased competition

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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%

  22. 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

  23. Thank You