Proposed Allocation of Funds for Fiscal Year 2005

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U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Transit
Administration
Annual Report on
New Starts
Proposed Allocation of
Funds for Fiscal Year 2005
Proposed Allocations of Funds for Fiscal Year 2005
Report of the Secretary of Transportation
to the United States Congress
Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5309(o)(1)


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2004


Annual Report on

New Starts

Proposed Allocations of Funds

for Fiscal Year 2005

Report of the Secretary of Transportation

to the United States Congress

Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5309(o)(1)



2004
Report Number FTA-TBP10-2004-1

Prepared by:
Federal Transit Administration

Pursuant to:
Title 49, United States Code, Section 5309(o)(1)

Available from:
Federal Transit Administration
Office of Policy Development, TBP-10
400 7th Street, SW, Room 9310
Washington, DC 20590

http://www.fta.dot.gov

Cover Photo courtesy of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington, DC (FTA archives)


"Dear Colleague" letter from Administrator Jennifer L. Dorn

Letter to The Honorable Richard C. Shelby
Letter to The Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes
Letter to The Honorable Don Young
Letter to The Honorable James L. Oberstar


Foreword

This report is submitted pursuant to Title 49, United States Code (U.S.C.), 5309(o)(1), which requires the Secretary of Transportation to submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the United States House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the United States Senate, a report that includes a proposal on the allocation of amounts to be made available to finance grants and loans for capital projects for new fixed guideway systems and extensions to existing fixed guideway systems (“New Starts”) among applicants for those funds. In addition, the report is also formally submitted to the Appropriations Committees of both the House and the Senate. It is also provided to transit operators, metropolitan planning organizations, and State departments of transportation, and is made available to the public at large.

The report is a companion document to the President’s annual budget request to Congress. It provides the Administration’s recommendations for allocating New Starts capital investment funding for Federal Fiscal Year 2005.

The report is organized into two sections: the main body of the report, which specifies funding recommendations by project and provides background information both on the projects and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) program and processes; and a series of appendices that provide more detailed information on each proposed project. Appendix A includes those proposed projects in preliminary engineering, final design, or construction, and includes a complete profile (with map, where available) for each project. Appendix B briefly describes each project that is currently in alternatives analysis.

During the clearance of this report within the Department of Transportation, Congress enacted H.R. 2673, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004. References in this report to the FY 2004 Conference Report are now the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004. Upon request, this report will be made available in alternative formats. It is also available via the Internet at the FTA site on the World Wide Web; the address is http://www.fta.dot.gov/.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Planning and Project Development Process
      Alternatives Analysis
       Preliminary Engineering
      Final Design

Project Evaluation and Rating Process
      The Criteria
               Project Justification
                Local Financial
      The Evaluations
      The Ratings FY 2005 Annual Report Ratings
      Exemptions
      Table 6 – Summary of FY 2005 New Starts Ratings 
Principles for Funding Recommendations
       New Starts Allocations and Recommendations
      A Word About Full Funding Grant Agreements
      Existing Federal Funding Commitments 
      FY 2005 Funding Recommendations for Existing FFGAs
               Atlanta/North Springs (North Line Extension)
               Baltimore/Central LRT Double Track
               Chicago/Douglas Branch Reconstruction
               Chicago/North Central Corridor Commuter Rail
               Chicago/Ravenswood Line Expansion
               Chicago/Southwest Corridor Commuter Rail
               Chicago/Union-Pacific West Line Extension
               Denver/Southeast Corridor LRT
               Ft. Lauderdale/South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
               Commuter Rail Upgrades, Segment 5
               Los Angeles/MOS-3 Extensions of Metro Rail (North Hollywood)
               Minneapolis/Hiawatha Corridor LRT 
               New Orleans/Canal Streetcar Line
               Northern New Jersey/Hudson-Bergen MOS-1
               Northern New Jersey/Hudson-Bergen MOS-2
               Northern New Jersey/Newark Rail Link MOS-1
               Pittsburgh/Stage II LRT Reconstruction
               Portland/Interstate MAX LRT Extension
               Salt Lake City/CBD to University LRT
               Salt Lake City/Medical Center Extension
               San Diego/Mission Valley East LRT Extension
               San Diego/Oceanside-Escondido Rail Corridor
               San Francisco/BART Extension to San Francisco International Airport
               San Juan/Tren Urbano 
               Seattle/Central Link Initial Segment
               St. Louis/Metrolink St.Clair Extension
               Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area/Largo Metrorail Extension       Existing FFGAs Fully Funded in the President’s FY 2004 Budget
               Dallas/North Central LRT Extension 
               Memphis/Medical Center Extension 
      Pending Federal Funding Commitments 
                Los Angeles/Metro Gold Line East Side Extension 
      Table 7 – FY 2005 New Starts Funding Recommendations 
      Figure 1. Map of Pending Federal Funding Commitments and Existing Full Funding Grant Agreements [PDF]
      Figure 2. Map of New Starts Projects in Final Design and Preliminary Engineering [PDF]

Proposed Funding Commitments
               Cleveland/Euclid Corridor Bus Rapid Transit
               Las Vegas/Resort Corridor Fixed Guideway
               New York/ Long Island Rail Road East Side Access
               Phoenix/Central Phoenix East Valley Light Rail
               Pittsburgh/North Shore Connector LRT
       Other Projects
               Charlotte/South Corridor LRT
               Raleigh/Regional Rail System

Conclusion

Appendix A: New Starts Project Profiles

Appendix B: Additional Studies and Projects 

Tables & Figures

Table 1: Project J ustification Criteria
Table 2: Cost Effectiveness Thresholds
Table 3: Ratings Applied in Assessment of Land Use Criterion
Table 4: Financial Ratings: Capital Financing Commitments
Table 5: Financial Ratings: Table and Reliable Operating Revenue
Table 6: Summary of FY 2005 New Starts Ratings
Table 7: FY 2005 Funding for New Starts Projects
Figure 1: Map of Pending Federal Funding Commitments and Existing FFGAs
Figure 2: Map of New Starts Projects in Final Design and Preliminary Engineering