2010 Before and After Studies of New Starts Projects
The 2010 Before and After Studies of New Starts Projects reported that since the last report in 2009, no additional Before and After Studies have been due from New Starts or Smalls Starts project sponsors.
Given that the last milestone for collection of information for the project sponsor's Before-and-After Study does not occur until 2 years after a project has opened for revenue operation, it can take several years after a project receives an FFGA or a PCGA for a Before-and-After Study to be completed by the project sponsor and approved by FTA.
The letter to Congress indicates that project sponsors of three New Starts projects have completed their data collection efforts and are expected to submit these final Before-and-After Study reports to FTA in time for inclusion in the 2011 Report to Congress:
Tri-Rail Double Track Corridor Improvement Program Segment 5 commuter rail transit in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County, Florida. The project received an FFGA in May 2000 prior to the effective date of the 2001 regulatory requirement for a Before-and-After Study. The FTA approved an amended FFGA in April 2004, at which time FT A imposed the Before-and-After Study requirement on the project. The project opened for revenue operation in March 2006. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority completed its "after" data collection in spring 2008 and under FTA's direction is working on revisions to a draft Before-and-After Study submitted to FTA in November 2009 and revised in May 2010.
South Corridor light rail transit in Charlotte, North Carolina. The project received an FFGA in May 2005 and opened for revenue operation in November 2007. The Charlotte Area Transit System completed the "after" data collection in spring 2009 and is working on its initial draft Before-and-After Study.
Sprinter (previously known as "Oceanside-Escondido") light rail transit in San Diego, California. The project received an FFGA in February 2003 and opened for revenue operation in March 2008. The San Diego Association of Governments, on behalf of the North County Transit District, completed the "after" data collection in spring 2010 and is working on the initial draft Before-and-After Study.