Table 2: Summary of FY 1997 New Starts Ratings

Phase and City (Project) Capital Cost (million $) (a) Project Justification Local Financial Commitment (e) Stability & Reliability of Operating Assistance
Cost Effectiveness (Cost/New Trip) Mobility Improvements (b) EPA Classification (c) Operating Efficiencies (d) Section 5309 Share of Project Cost Capital Financing Commitment
Final Design
Fort Lauderdale - Tri-County Commuter Rail $428 Not Available (NA) NA Attain./NC NA 44% NA NA
Jacksonville - Flagler to duPont Place $31 NA NA Trans./Attain. NA 80% Medium Medium
Los Angeles - LOSSAN $22 NA NA Extreme/Serious NA 62% NA NA
Orange County - Transitway $409 $4 NA Extreme/Serious Medium 70% Low/Medium Low
San Jose - Tasman LRT $325 $18 Medium Attain./Mod. Low 50% Medium Medium
Preliminary Engineering
Boston - South Boston Piers Phase 2 $300 NA Medium Serious/Mod. NA 80% Medium Medium
Dallas/Fort Worth - Railtran Phase 2 $129 $8 Medium Mod./Attain. NA 46% Medium Low/Medium
Dallas - North Central Corridor $354 $9 Medium Mod./Attain. Medium 50% High Low/Medium
Denver - Southwest LRT $177 $3 Medium Trans./Mod. NA 80% High Medium
Kansas City - Southtown Corridor $450 $15 Medium Attain./Attain. Low 50%-80% Low/Medium Low/Medium
Los Angeles - Eastside Extension $1,271 NA Medium Extreme/Serious NA 50% NA NA
New Orleans - Canal Street $93 $3 Medium Maint./Attain. High 80% Low Low
New Jersey - Hudson-Bergen Phase 1 $600 $11 High Severe/Mod. NA 100% Low/Medium Low/Medium
New Jersey - Newark/Elizabeth $694 $17 Medium Severe/Mod. NA 100% Low Low
Oklahoma City - MAPS Link $13 $5 NA Attain./Attain. NA 73% NA NA
Portland - South/North Corridor $2,400 $5 NA Marg./Mod. NA 50% NA NA
Sacramento - South Corridor (Phase 1) $220 $1 Medium Severe/Mod. Medium 44% High Medium/High
St. Louis - St. Clair Corridor $296 $23 Medium Mod./NC NA 80% Medium/High Low/Medium
San Francisco - BART to Airport $1,110 $20 Medium Attain./Mod. Low 75% Medium Medium
Washington - Metrorail to Largo Town Center $350 $12 Medium Serious/Mod. NA 79% Medium Low/Medium
System Planning
Altoona - Pedestrian Crossing NA NA NA Marg./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Atlanta - Buckhead People Mover $20 NA NA Serious/Attain. NA NA NA NA
Atlanta - Greensboro Corridor NA NA NA Serious/Attain. NA %
Austin - Northwest/North Central Corridor NA NA NA Attain./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Boston - North/South Sta. Rail Link $2000-4000 NA NA Serious/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Boston - Urban Ring Corridor $20-1400 NA NA Serious/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Charlotte - Priority Corridor NA NA NA Maint./NC NA NA NA NA
Cincinnati - Northeast Corridor $800 NA NA Mod./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Cleveland - Highland Hills Corridor NA NA NA Mod./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Cleveland - NE Ohio Corridor NA NA NA Mod./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Cleveland - Dual Hub Corridor $210 NA NA Mod./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Detroit - Woodward Corridor $1,400 NA NA Attain./NC NA NA NA NA
Hartford - Griffin Line Corridor $176 (94$) $18 High Serious/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Los Angeles - Santa Monica Blvd. $69 NA NA Extreme/Serious NA NA NA NA
Los Angeles - West Central Corridor $3,000 NA NA Extreme/Serious NA NA NA NA
Memphis - Regional Rail NA NA NA Attain./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Maryland - Waldorf Corridor NA NA NA Serious/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Miami - East/West Corridor $4,400 $20 High Attain./NC Low 35% NA NA
Miami - North Corridor $453-463 (94$) $18 Medium Attain./NC Low 70% NA NA
Milwaukee - East/West Corridor NA NA NA Severe/Attain. NA NA NA NA
Minneapolis - Central Corridor $581 $34 Medium Attain./Mod. Low NA NA NA
New York - Staten Island/Midtown Ferry $13 NA NA Severe/Mod. NA NA NA NA
New York - Whitehall Ferry Terminal $80 NA NA Severe/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Norfolk - Virginia Beach Corridor NA NA NA Marg./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Northern New Jersey - Hawthorne/Warwick NA NA NA Severe/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Northern New Jersey - Lakewood/Freehold NA NA NA Severe/Mod. NA NA NA NA
New Jersey - West Shore Line NA NA NA Severe/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Philadelphia - Cross County Corridor $250 (94$) NA NA Severe/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Philadelphia - Northeast Corridor NA NA NA Severe/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Pittsburgh - LRT Rehabilitation $414 NA NA Mod./NC NA 80% NA NA
St. Louis - St. Charles Corridor NA NA NA Mod./NC NA NA NA NA
St. Louis - Cross County Corridor $269-$307 (89$) NA NA Mod./NC NA NA NA NA
San Diego - Mid Coast Corridor $353 (92$) $7 Medium Serious/Mod. Low 17% Low Low
San Diego - Mission Valley East Corridor $332 (95$) NA NA Serious/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Seattle-Core Rapid Transit $6,700 (95$) NA NA Marg./Mod. NA NA NA NA
Seattle-Tacoma Commuter Rail $367 (95$) NA NA Marg./Mod. NA NA NA NA
Southern New Jersey - Burlington/Gloucester $1,400 (95$) NA NA Severe/Mod. NA NA NA NA
Tampa - Lakeland Corridor $30 NA NA Marg./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Vermont - Burlington to Charlotte Corridor $8 (95$) NA NA Attain./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Vermont - Burlington to Essex Corridor $9 (95$) NA NA Attain./Attain. NA NA NA NA
Washington - Dulles Corridor $1,000 NA NA Serious/Mod. NA NA NA NA

(a) Unless otherwise noted, costs are shown in escalated (year of construction) dollars and are based on most recent cost estimates. For projects in the early stages of Preliminary Engineering, the estimate is likely to change as more detailed engineering is performed. For projects in System Planning, cost estimates may change significantly.

(b) A "high" rating has been assigned to projects that would save 10,000 or more hours of travel time per day, compared with the TSM alternative. "Medium" was given to projects that would save zero to 10,000 hours. "Low" indicates projects that would increase travel time.

(c) EPA classifications for ozone and carbon monoxide are shown to illustrate the severity of the region's air quality problem. In order of severity, the ozone classifications are: extreme, severe, serious, moderate, marginal, sub-mar ginal, transitional and attainment. Carbon monoxide classifications are: serious, moderate, not classified and attainment. The Project Profiles in Appendix A present data (where available) on each project's impact on emissions.

(d) A "high" rating has been assigned to projects that would reduce the systemwide operating cost per passenger by 5 percent or more, compared with the TSM alternative. "Medium" was assigned to projects that would r educe operating cost per passenger by zero to 5 percent. "Low" indicates projects that would increase operating costs per passenger.

(e) The local share and financial ratings shown in this table are based on the financial plans developed by the local project sponsors and financial reviews performed by FTA's financial consultants, Booz Allen and Public Financial Management, Inc. The criteria used to rate the local financial plans are described in Appendix A.