Table 1B - Summary of FY2003 New Starts Ratings

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Phase and City (Project) Overall Project Rating Financial Rating Financial Rating Criteria Project Justification Rating Project Justification Criteria
Capital Finance Rating Operating Finance Rating Mobility Improvement Rating Environment Benefits Rating Operating Efficiency Rating Cost Effectiveness Rating Land Use Rating
Final Design
Alaska Marine Highway System Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Alaska Railroad (South Anchorage Double Track) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Alaska Railroad (Knik River to Wasilla Track Improvements) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Galveston, TX (Rail Trolley Extension) *** Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Little Rock (River Rail Project) * Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Los Angeles-San Diego (LOSSAN Rail Corridor Improvements) * Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Nashville (East Corridor Commuter Rail) * Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Pawtucket, RI (Commuter Rail Improvement Program) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Salt Lake City (Medical Center Extension LRT) Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
San Francisco (Third Street Light Rail, Phase I) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Seattle (Central Link Initial Segment) Recommended Medium Medium Medium-High Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Low-Medium Medium
Preliminary Engineering
Austin (Rapid Transit Project MOS) ** Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
Bridgeport, CT (Intermodal Transportation Center) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Charlotte (South Corridor LRT) Highly Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High
Chicago (Ravenswood Line Expansion) Recommended Medium Medium Medium-High High High High Medium Medium-High High
Cincinnati (Interstate 71 Corridor LRT) Not Recommended (C) Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium Medium Low-Medium Medium
Cleveland (Euclid Corridor Transportation Project) Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium Medium Medium High Low Medium-High
Columbus (North Corridor LRT) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Low-Medium Medium
Dallas (Northwest/Southeast Light Rail MOS) Recommended Medium Medium-High Medium Medium Medium Medium Low Medium Medium
Denver (West Corridor LRT) Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium Medium-High High Medium Low-Medium Medium
Fort Collins, CO (Mason Street Transportation Corridor) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium High High Medium-High Medium
Hartford (New Britain-Hartford Busway) Recommended Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High High Low High Medium
Honolulu (Primary Transportation Corridor Project) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High
Kansas City, Johnson County (I-35 Commuter Rail) * Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Las Vegas (Resort Corridor Fixed Guideway) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High High High High Medium
Los Angeles (Eastside Corridor LRT) Recommended Medium Medium-High Medium Medium Medium High Medium Low Medium-High
Los Angeles (Mid-City/Exposition LRT) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High High Low Low-Medium Medium
Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley East-West Transit Corridor) Recommended Medium-High High Medium Medium Medium High Medium Low-Medium Medium
Louisville (South Central Corridor LRT) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Low-Medium
Lowell, MA-Nashua, NH (Lowell-Nashua Commuter Rail Extension) * Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Maryland (MARC Commuter Rail Improvements) ** Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Miami (North 27th Avenue) Not Recommended (JOC) Low Low Low Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Low Low-Medium
Minneapolis (Northstar Corridor Commuter Rail) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
New Orleans (Desire Corridor Streetcar) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High
New York (Long Island Rail Road East Side Access) Recommended Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High Medium High Medium Low High
New York (Second Avenue Subway) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High High Medium Low High
Orange County (Centerline LRT Project) Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium Medium High High Medium Medium
Philadelphia (Schuylkill Valley MetroRail) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High High Medium-High Low-Medium Medium-High
Phoenix (Central Phoenix/East Valley Corridor) ** Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium Medium Medium High Medium-High Medium
Pittsburgh (North Shore Connector LRT) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High
Raleigh (Phase I Regional Rail Project) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Low-Medium High Low-Medium Medium
San Diego (Mid Coast Corridor) Highly Recommended Medium-High Medium-High High Medium-High Medium High Medium High Medium
San Juan (Tren Urbano Minillas Extension) Not Recommended (JC) Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Not Rated N/A N/A N/A N/A Medium
Seattle (Everett-to-Seattle Commuter Rail) * Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Seattle (Link Extension and North Link) ** Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
Seattle-Tacoma (Lakewood-to-Tacoma Commuter Rail) * Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Stamford (Urban Transitway and Intermodal Transportation Center) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Tampa (Tampa Bay Regional Rail System) Not Recommended (C) Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Low-Medium
Washington County (Wilsonville-Beaverton Commuter Rail) * Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Washington, DC (Dulles Corridor Bus Rapid Transit) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Low-Medium Medium

* This project has not been rated; under §5309(e)(8)(A), proposed new starts projects requiring less than $25.00 million in §5309 new starts funding are exempt from the project evaluation and rating process required by §5309(e).

** "Not Rated" indicates that sufficient information for a complete evaluation of this project was not available for this Report; for information on a specific project, see Appendix A.

*** The Galveston Trolley plans to use funding from toll revenue credits to bring the local share to 20 percent.

"N/A" = Not Available, "J" represents the Project Justification Rating, "O" represents the Operating Finance Rating, "C" represents the Capital Finance Rating.