Supplemental New Starts Report for FY 2004Number C-15-03 8/13/2003
I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the Federal Transit Administration’s 2003 Supplemental Report on New Starts, prepared as required by 49 U.S.C. 5309(o)(2). The purpose of this report is to update the information and ratings of proposed fixed guideway systems and extensions (“New Starts”) that have completed alternatives analysis or preliminary engineering since the 2003 Annual Report on New Starts was issued on February 3, 2003.
Three proposed New Starts projects have completed preliminary engineering and are included in this report:
- Central Phoenix/East Valley Corridor, Phoenix, AZ
- North Shore Connector LRT, Pittsburgh, PA
- Phase I Regional Rail Project, Raleigh, NC
All of the proposed projects in this report received either a “highly recommended” or “recommended” rating based on the “multiple-measure method” of project evaluation used by FTA. No proposed projects have completed alternatives analysis since the 2003 Annual Report on New Starts was issued.
Nothing in the report alters the recommendations for the allocation of discretionary New Starts funding that were included in the President’s FY 2004 Budget. However, it should be noted that the Conference Report accompanying the FY 2002 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act requests that, as of October 1, 2002, no new Full Funding Grant Agreement be executed with a Federal New Starts share greater than 60 percent. Accordingly, project financial ratings at all stages of project development will reflect this policy. In addition, project sponsors should be aware that the Administration is seeking legislation that would limit the Federal New Starts share to no more than 50 percent. This change would affect the project proposed by Pittsburgh since it is the only project out of the three that is seeking a Federal New Starts share that exceeds 50 percent.
Questions regarding this report or other New Starts projects should be directed to Charlotte M. Adams, Associate Administrator for Planning and Environment, 202-366-4033.
Jennifer L. Dorn