Table 1-B: Summary of FY2004 New Starts Ratings

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Table 1-B: Summary of FY2004 New Starts Ratings


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
Baltimore, MARC Penn-Camden Connection (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Chicago, Ravenswood Expansion Project (3) Not Rated Medium Medium Medium-High Not Rated Not Rated High Medium Not Rated High
Cleveland, Euclid Corridor Transportation Project Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Low-Medium Medium-High Medium Low Medium-High
Galveston, Rail Trolley Extension (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Girdwood, Alaska Railroad - South Anchorage Double Track (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Girdwood, Alaska Railroad - Eagle River to Knik River Track Improvements (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Girdwood, Alaska Railroad - Knik River to Wasilla Track Improvements (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Little Rock, River Rail Project (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Los Angeles, LOSSAN Rail Corridor Improvements (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Nashville, East Corridor Commuter Rail (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
New York, Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Recommended Medium Medium-High Medium Medium-High High High Medium Medium High
Pawtucket, Commuter Rail Improvement Program (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Prince William, Alaska Marine Highway System (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Seattle, Central Link Initial Segment Highly Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High
Preliminary Engineering
Boston, Silver Line Phase III (4) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium High High Medium Low High
Bridgeport, Intermodal Transportation Center (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Burlington, Burlington-Essex Commuter Rail Project (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Charlotte, South Corridor LRT Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Cincinnati, Interstate 71 Corridor LR Not Recommended Low-Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium Medium Medium Medium
Columbus, North Corridor LRT Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High Medium Medium Medium-High Medium
Dallas, Northwest/Southeast Light Rail MOS Recommended Medium Medium-High Medium Medium Medium High Medium Medium Medium
Denver, West Corridor LRT (4) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Low-Medium High Medium Low-Medium Medium
Fort Collins, Mason Street Transportation Corridor (4, 5, 6) Not Recommended Low Medium Not Submitted Not Rated Not Rated Medium-High Medium Not-Rated Medium-High
Harrisburg, CORRIDORone Rail MOS (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Hartford, New-Britain - Hartford Busway (7) Not Rated Medium Medium Medium Not Rated Medium High Medium Not Rated Medium
Honolulu, Primary Corridor Transportation Project Recommended Medium Medium Medium High Medium Medium Medium High Medium-High
Johnson County, I-35 Commuter Rail (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Las Vegas, Resort Corridor Fixed Guideway Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium-High Medium High Medium High Medium
Los Angeles, Mid-City/Exposition LRT (7) Not Rated Medium Medium Medium Not Rated Not Rated High Medium Not Rated Medium
Lowell, MA- Nashua NH, Commuter Rail Extension (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Miami, North Corridor Metrorail Extension Not Recommended Low-Medium Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Low-Medium
Minneapolis, Northstar Corridor Rail Project (8) Not Recommended Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Not Rated Not Rated Medium-High Medium Not Rated Medium-High
New Orleans, Desire Corridor Streetcar (4) Not Recommended Medium Medium Medium Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Low Medium
New York, Second Avenue Subway Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium-High High Medium Low High
Norfolk, Norfolk LRT Not Recommended Medium Medium Medium Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Low Medium
Orange County, Centerline LRT Project (7) Not Rated Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Not Rated Not Rated High Medium Not Rated Medium
Philadelphia, Schuylkill Valley MetroRail (4, 5) Not Recommended Low Low-Medium Medium Medium Medium High Medium Low-Medium Medium-High
Phoenix, Central Phoenix/East Valley Corridor Highly Recommended Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Medium High Medium Medium-High Medium
Pittsburgh, North Shore Connector LRT (4) Not Recommended Low-Medium Low-Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium-High Medium-High Medium Low Medium-High
Raleigh, Phase I Regional Rail Project (4) Recommended Medium Medium-Hig Medium Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
San Diego, Mid-Coast Corridor (7) Not Rated Medium-High Medium-High Medium-High Not Rated Not Rated High Medium Not Rated Medium
San Francisco, New Central Subway Project (4, 5, 9) Not Recommended Low Medium Medium Not Yet Available Not Rated Medium-High Medium Not Rated High
San Juan, Tren Urbano Minillas Extension (4, 5, 6) Not Recommended Low Low-Medium Low-Medium Not Submitted Not Submitted Not Submitted Not Submitted Not Submitted Not Submitted
Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor (9) Not Yet Available Medium Medium Medium Not Yet Available Not Rated Medium-High Medium Not Rated Medium-High
Seattle, Everett-to-Seattle Commuter Rail (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Seattle, Lakewood-to-Tacoma (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Silver Spring, Silver Spring Intermodal Transit Center (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Stamford, Urban Transitway and Intermodal Transportation Center Improvements (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Regional Rail (9) Not Recommended Low-Medium Low-Medium Low-Medium Not Yet Available Medium-High Medium Medium Not Rated Medium
Washington, Dulles Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (4, 5) Recommended Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium High Medium Medium Medium
Washington, MARC Mid-Day Storage Facility (2) Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Washington County, Wilsonville to Beaverton Commuter Rail Project (4, 5, 9) Not Yet Available Medium Medium Medium Not Yet Available Not Rated Medium Medium Not Rated Medium-High

"N/A" = Not Available, "J" represents the Project Justification Rating, "O" represents the Operating Finance Rating, "C" represents the Capital Finance Rating.
(1) The following projects did not submit New Starts criteria for the FY 2004 Annual Report on New Starts: Austin Rapid Transit Project MOS, Louisville Transportation Tomorrow South Central Corridor LRT, Seattle Airport Link and the Seattle North Link. Thus, these projects are not shown on the table.
(2) 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.
(3) FTA and the project sponsor were unable to successfully implement the software necessary to calculate the user benefit information for this project. However, FTA and the project sponsor have calculated an estimate of user benefits, which we believe to be reasonable and which would result in a "Recommended" rating for the project. FTA will continue to work with the project sponsor to implement the software and confirm this estimate.
(4) The Administration is seeking legislation that would limit the Federal New Starts share to no more than 50 percent beginning in FY2004. Future ratings of these projects would be affected by that change.
(5) The Conference Report accompanying the FY 2002 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act instructs that, as of October 1, 2002, no new Full Funding Grant Agreements may be executed with a Federal New Starts share greater than 60 percent. Accordingly, in the future, project financial ratings will reflect this Congressional instruction at all stages of project development.
(6) The project sponsor did not submit information for this measure.
(7) This project was "Not Rated" for project justification, mobility, cost-effectiveness and the overall rating because FTA has serious concerns about the information submitted for these measures; the underlying assumptions used by the project sponsor may have produced an inaccurate representation of the benefits of the project. FTA continues to work with this project sponsor to validate the assumptions, information, and projections. This information will be made available to Congress and other interested parties when the issues are resolved.
(8) This project was "Not Rated" for project justification, mobility, and cost-effectiveness because FTA has serious concerns about the information submitted for these measures; the underlying assumptions used by the project sponsor may have produced an inaccurate representation of the benefits of the project. FTA continues to work with this project sponsor to validate the assumptions, information, and projections. This information will be made available to Congress and other interested parties when the issues are resolved.
(9) Projects not submitting transportation system user benefit information have been rated "Not Yet Available" for the project justification, mobility and overall rating.