Table 1b

Table 1-B
Summary of FY 2001 New Starts Ratings

Financial Rating Criteria

Project Justification Criteria

Phase and City (Project) Overall Project Rating Financial Rating Capital Finance Rating Operating Finance Rating Project Justification Rating Mobility Improvement Rating Environment Benefits Rating Operating Efficiency Rating Cost Effectiveness Rating Land Use Rating
Final Design

Dallas-Ft. Worth (Trinity Railway Express- Phase II)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Not Rated

Medium

Not Rated

Medium-High

Medium

Ft. Lauderdale (Tri-Rail Commuter Upgrade)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Low

Low

Low-Medium

Medium

Little Rock (River Rail Project) *

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Los Angeles-San Diego (LOSSAN Rail Corridor Imp. Project)*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

New Orleans (Canal Streetcar Spine)

Not Recommended

Low

Low

Low

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

High

High

Medium

Newark (Newark Rail Link, MOS-1)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

Northern New Jersey (Hudson-Bergen MOS-2)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low

Medium-High

Pittsburgh (Stage II LRT Priority Program)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Low-Medium

High

High

Medium

Medium

San Diego (Mission Valley East LRT Extension)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

High

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Preliminary Engineering

Austin (Austin Area LRT System)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Baltimore (Central Corridor Light Rail Double Tracking)

Recommended

Medium-High

High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Medium-High

Low-Medium

Boston (South Boston Piers Transitway Phase II)

Not Recommended

Low

Low

Low-Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

High

Chicago (Douglas Branch Reconstruction)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

High

Medium

Medium

High

Chicago (CTA Ravenswood Line Expansion)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

High

Medium-High

High

Medium

High

High

Chicago (Metra Central Kane Corridor)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

High

Medium

Medium-High

High

Medium

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Chicago (Metra North Central Corridor)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Chicago (Metra South West Corridor Commuter Rail)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

High

Medium-High

High

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Cincinnati (I-71 Corridor)

Not Recommended

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Low

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Cleveland (Euclid Corridor Improvement Project)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium High

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Low

Medium-High

Denver (Southeast Corridor LRT)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Hartford (New Britain-Hartford Busway)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

High

Low

High

Low-Medium

Houston (Downtown to Astrodome Corridor Light Rail)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Kansas City, Johnson County (I-35 Commuter Rail) *

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Las Vegas (Resort Corridor Fixed Guideway MOS)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

High

High

Medium

Maryland (MARC Commuter Rail Improvements Projects)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Memphis (Medical Center Extension)

Recommended

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Not Rated

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Miami (East-West Multimodal Corridor)

Not Recommended

Low

Low

Low

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium-High

Miami (North Corridor)

Not Recommended'

Low

Low

Low

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Miami (South Miami-Dade Busway Extension)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

High

Medium

Low-Medium

Minneapolis (Hiawatha Corridor LRT)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

High

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium-High

Nashville (East Commuter Rail Project) *

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

New York (Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Project)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Not Rated

Low

High

Norfolk (Norfolk - Virginia Beach Corridor LRT)

Not Recommended

Low

Low

Low

Low-Medium

Low

Medium

High

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Orange County (The Centerline Orange County Rail Corridor)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

High

Medium

Medium

Phoenix (East Valley Light Rail Transit)

Not Recommended

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Low

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Medium

Portland (Interstate MAX LRT Extension)

Highly Recommended

High

High

High

High

High

High

Medium

Medium-High

High

Raleigh (Phase I Triangle Regional Rail Project)

Not Recommended

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Not Rated

Medium

High

Medium

Medium

Salt Lake City (CBD to University LRT)

Recommended

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

San Diego (Mid Coast Corridor Project)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

High

Medium

High

Medium

San Diego (Oceanside Escondido Rail Project)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

San Francisco (Third Street Light Rail Project Phase 1)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Low

High

San Juan (Tren Urbano, Minillas Ext)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Seattle (Central Link LRT MOS)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

High

Medium

High

Medium

High

Medium

High

High

Seattle (Everett to Seattle Commuter Rail)*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Seattle (Lakewood-to-Tacoma- Commuter Rail)*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Tampa (Tampa Bay Regional Rail)

Not Recommended

Low Medium

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

High

High

Medium-High

Low-Medium

Washington DC (Dulles Corridor Rapid Transit)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Washington DC/MD (Largo Extension)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

* These projects are not rated based upon the exemption granted to projects where the anticipated Section 5309 New Starts share of the total estimated Capital Cost is below $25 million.