Table 2: Summary of FY 1998 New Starts Ratings

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Phase and City (Project) Capital Cost (million $) (a) Project Justification Local Financial Commitment (e) Stability & Reliability of Operating Assistance
Cost Effectiveness (Cost/New Trip) Mobility Improvements (b) EPA Classification (c) Operating Efficiencies (d) Section 5309 Share of Project Cost Capital Financing Commitment
Final Design
Fort Lauderdale - Tri-County Commuter Rail $428 NA (Not Available) NA Attain./Maint. NA 48% NA NA
Los Angeles - LOSSAN $31 NA NA Extreme/Serious NA 36% NA NA
Orange County - I-405/SR-55 Transitway $529 NA NA Extreme/Serious NA 70% NA NA
Preliminary Engineering
Boston - South Boston Piers Phase 2 $258 $7 Medium Serious/Mod. NA 80% NA NA
Cleveland - Euclid Corridor $210 NA Medium Mod./Mod. Low 80% NA NA
Dallas/Fort Worth - Railtran Phase 2 $129 $8 Medium Mod./Attain. High 46% NA NA
Dallas - North Central Corridor $347 $11 Medium Mod./Attain. Medium 50% High Low/Medium
Kansas City - Southtown Corridor $450 (94$) $15 Medium Maint./Maint. Low 50-80% Low/Medium Low/Medium
Los Angeles - Eastside Extension Phase 2 $1,271 NA Medium Extreme/Serious NA 50% NA NA
Miami - East/West Corridor $2,200 $13 NA Maint./Attain. NA 35% Low Low
Miami - North 27th Avenue Corridor $453 (94$) $18 Medium Maint./Attain. Low 70% Low/Medium Low
New Orleans - Canal Streetcar Spine $146 (96$) $3 Medium Maint./Attain. Low 80% Low Low
New Jersey - Newark/Elizabeth $694 (95$) $17 Medium Severe/Mod. NA NA Low Low/Medium
Oklahoma City - MAPS Link $22 $3 Medium Attain./Attain. NA 60% NA NA
Orlando - I-4 Central Florida LRT $2,700 (95$) $18 NA Attain./Attain. NA 50% Medium Low
Portland - South/North Corridor $2,400 $5 NA Marg./Mod. Medium 50% Low Low
Sacramento - South Corridor $220 $6 Medium Severe/Mod. High 44% NA NA
San Diego - Mid Coast Corridor $77 $3 Medium Serious/Attain. Medium 80% Low Low
San Francisco - BART to Airport $1,167 $20 Medium Attain./Mod. Low 64% NA NA
San Francisco - Bayshore $250-650 $6-9 Medium Attain./Mod. NA NA Low Low
Washington - Metrorail to Largo Town Center $382-416 $7-8 Medium Serious/Mod. NA 79% Medium Low/Medium
MIS/System Planning/Other
Altoona - Pedestrian Crossing NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Atlanta - Athens Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Atlanta - Buckhead People Mover $20 (93$) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Atlanta - DeKalb County Project NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Austin - Fixed Guideway Transit NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Baltimore - Glen Burnie LRT Extension $20-40 $11-56 Medium NA NA NA NA NA
Boston - North/South Station Rail Link $2,000 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Boston - Urban Ring Corridor $20-1,400 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Charlotte - Priority Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Chicago - Southwest Transit Extension NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Chicago - Transit Improvements NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Cincinnati - Northeast Corridor $1,200 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Cleveland-Canton - Akron-Cleveland Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Cleveland - Highland Hills Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Cleveland - NE Ohio Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Craig, Alaska - Hollis Ketchikan Ferry $11 NA NA NA NA 60% NA NA
Detriot - Woodward Corridor $1,400 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Hartford - Griffin Line Corridor $250 (94$) $13 Medium Serious/Mod. Low 60% NA NA
Indiana - Northern Indiana Commuter Rail NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Jackson, MS - Jackson Intermodal Center NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Little Rock, AR - Little Rock Junction Bridge $7-9 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Los Angeles - Santa Monica Blvd. $69 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Los Angeles - West Central Corridor $3,000 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Memphis - Regional Rail $31 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Maryland - Waldorf Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Milwaukee - East/West Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Central Corridor $83-581 $29-34 Medium Attain./Mod. Low 50-80% NA NA
Morgantown, WV - Train Control Study NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
New Orleans - Desire Study NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
New York - Whitehall Ferry Terminal $81 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
New York - State Island-Midtown Ferry $13 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Norfolk - Virginia Beach Corridor $377 $10 NA NA NA NA NA NA
Northern New Jersey - Hawthorne/Warwick NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Northern New Jersey - Lakewood/Freehold NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Northern New Jersey - West Shore Line NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Northern New Jersey - West Trenton Commuter Rail NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Philadelphia - Cross County Corridor $250 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Philadelphia - Northeast Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Pittsburgh - Stage 2 LRT Rehabilitation $414 NA NA Mod./NC NA 80% NA NA
Raleigh, NC - Regional Transit Plan $150-250 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
St. Louis - St. Charles Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
St. Louis - Cross County Corridor $269-307 (89$) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
San Diego - Mission Valley East Corridor $332 (96$) $6 Medium Serious/Attain. Medium 50% NA NA
San Diego - Oceanside/Escondido Corridor $194 $5 NA Serious/Attain. NA 55% NA NA
Seattle - Phase 1 System $3,900 (95$) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Seattle - Tacoma Commuter Rail $367 (95$) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Southern New Jersey - Burlington/Gloucester $1,400-1,500 (95$) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Tampa - Mobility Enhancement NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Vermont - Burlington to Charlotte Corridor NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Vermont - Burlington to Essex Corridor $9 (95$) NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Washington - Dulles Corridor $1,450 (95$) $9 NA Serious/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Washington - Virginia Railway Express Extension NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

(a) Unless otherwise noted, costs are shown in escalated (year of construction) dollars and are based on most recent cost estimates. For projects in the early stages of Preliminary Engineering, the estimate is likely to change as more detailed engineering is performed. For projects in System Planning, cost estimates may change significantly.

(b) A "high" rating has been assigned to projects that would save 10,000 or more hours of travel time per day, compared with the TSM alternative. "Medium" was given to projects that would save zero to 10,000 hours. "Low" indicates projects that would increase travel time.

(c) EPA classifications for ozone and carbon monoxide are shown to illustrate the severity of the region's air quality problem. In order of severity, the ozone classifications are: extreme, severe, serious, moderate, marginal, sub-mar ginal, transitional and attainment. Carbon monoxide classifications are: serious, moderate, not classified and attainment. The Project Profiles in Appendix A present data (where available) on each project's impact on emissions.

(d) A "high" rating has been assigned to projects that would reduce the systemwide operating cost per passenger by 5 percent or more, compared with the TSM alternative. "Medium" was assigned to projects that would r educe operating cost per passenger by zero to 5 percent. "Low" indicates projects that would increase operating costs per passenger.

(e) The local share and financial ratings shown in this table are based on the financial plans developed by the local project sponsors and financial reviews performed by FTA's financial consultants, Booz Allen and Public Financial Management, Inc. The criteria used to rate the local financial plans are described in Appendix A.