Table 1B - Summary of FY2003 New Starts Ratings

Phase and City (Project) Overall Project Rating Financial Rating Financial Rating Criteria Project Justification Rating Project Justification Criteria

Capital
Finance
Rating

Operating
Finance
Rating

Mobility
Improvement
Rating

Environment
Benefits
Rating

Operating
Efficiency
Rating

Cost
Effectiveness
Rating

Land Use
Rating

Final Design

                   

Alaska Marine Highway System

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Alaska Railroad (South Anchorage Double Track)

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Alaska Railroad (Knik River to Wasilla Track Improvements)

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Galveston, TX (Rail Trolley Extension)***

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Little Rock (River Rail Project) *

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Los Angeles-San Diego (LOSSAN Rail Corridor Improvements)*

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Nashville (East Corridor Commuter Rail) *

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Pawtucket, RI (Commuter Rail Improvement Program)

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Salt Lake City (Medical Center Extension LRT)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

San Francisco (Third Street Light Rail, Phase I)

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Seattle (Central Link Initial Segment)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium-High

Preliminary Engineering

 

 

               

Austin (Rapid Transit Project MOS)**

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Bridgeport, CT (Intermodal Transportation Center)

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Charlotte (South Corridor LRT)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

Chicago (Ravenswood Line Expansion)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

High

High

High

Medium

Medium-High

High

Cincinnati (Interstate 71 Corridor LRT)

Not Recommended (C )

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Cleveland (Euclid Corridor Transportation Project)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

Low

Medium-High

Columbus (North Corridor LRT)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Low-Medium

Medium

Dallas (Northwest/Southeast Light Rail MOS)

Recommended

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low

Medium

Medium

Denver (West Corridor LRT)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium-High

High

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Fort Collins, CO (Mason Street Transportation Corridor)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

High

Medium-High

Medium

Hartford (New Britain-Hartford Busway)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

High

Low

High

Medium

Honolulu (Primary Transportation Corridor Project)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

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

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Las Vegas (Resort Corridor Fixed Guideway)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

High

High

High

Medium

Los Angeles (Eastside Corridor LRT)

Recommended

Medium

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Low

Medium-High

Los Angeles (Mid-City/Exposition LRT)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

High

Low

Low-Medium

Medium

Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley East-West Transit Corridor)

Recommended

Medium-High

High

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Louisville (South Central Corridor LRT)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Lowell, MA-Nashua, NH (Lowell-Nashua Commuter Rail Extension)*

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Maryland (MARC Commuter Rail Improvements)**

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Miami (North 27th Avenue)

Not Recommended (JOC)

Low

Low

Low

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Low

Low-Medium

Minneapolis (Northstar Corridor Commuter Rail)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

New Orleans (Desire Corridor Streetcar)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

New York (Long Island Rail Road East Side Access)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

High

Medium

Low

High

New York (Second Avenue Subway)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Medium-High

High

Medium

Low

High

Orange County (Centerline LRT Project)

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

High

High

Medium

Medium

Philadelphia (Schuylkill Valley MetroRail)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

High

Medium-High

Low-Medium

Medium-High

Phoenix (Central Phoenix/East Valley Corridor)**

Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium-High

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

Medium-High

Medium

Pittsburgh (North Shore Connector LRT)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Raleigh (Phase I Regional Rail Project)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Low-Medium

High

Low-Medium

Medium

San Diego (Mid Coast Corridor)

Highly Recommended

Medium-High

Medium-High

High

Medium-High

Medium

High

Medium

High

Medium

San Juan (Tren Urbano Minillas Extension)

Not Recommended (JC)

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Not Rated

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Medium

Seattle (Everett-to-Seattle Commuter Rail)*

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Seattle (Link Extension and North Link)**

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

Not Rated

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

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Stamford (Urban Transitway and Intermodal Transportation Center)

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Tampa (Tampa Bay Regional Rail System)

Not Recommended (C )

Low-Medium

Low-Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Low-Medium

Washington County (Wilsonville-Beaverton Commuter Rail)*

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

Washington, DC (Dulles Corridor Bus Rapid Transit)

Recommended

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium

Medium-High

Low-Medium

Medium

* This project has not been rated; under §5309(e)(8)(A), proposed new starts projects requiring less than $25.00 million in §5309 new starts funding are exempt from the project evaluation and rating process required by §5309(e).
** "Not Rated" indicates that sufficient information for a complete evaluation of this project was not available for this Report; for information on a specific project, see Appendix A.
*** The Galveston Trolley plans to use funding from toll revenue credits to bring the local share to 20 percent.
"N/A" = Not Available, "J" represents the Project Justification Rating, "O" represents the Operating Finance Rating, "C" represents the Capital Finance Rating.