Presentation on theme: "AlaskaRailroad.com Alaska Railroad Update Presentation to the Alaska World Trade Center October 6, 2011 by Chris Aadnesen, President/CEO."— Presentation transcript:
AlaskaRailroad.com Alaska Railroad Update Presentation to the Alaska World Trade Center October 6, 2011 by Chris Aadnesen, President/CEO
AlaskaRailroad.com 2 405,135 passengers in 2010, compared to 470,786 in 2009 (14% decrease) 2011 Year-to-date 0.3% increase Alaska Railroad trains up in ridership 8-10%, but cruise passengers down 2-3% from 2010 Passenger Business
AlaskaRailroad.com 3 Tour Guides Make a Difference Alaska Railroad resumed popular Tour Guide Program after 1-year hiatus Alaska’s home grown talent delights passengers with informative narrative and personal care Through partnership with school districts, ARRC participates in tourism curriculum for high school students About a dozen are hired each year to work onboard summer trains
AlaskaRailroad.com 4 Alaska-owned docks at deep water, ice-free ports in Seward and Whittier SEWARD – Bulk Ships and Container Barges – Occasional ship containing offshore oilfield pipe – 1,563 Containers/Platforms * WHITTER – Rail and Container Barges – 1,794 Railcars (CN Aquatrain and Alaska Railbelt Marine) * – 5,300 Containers/Platforms * (volumes As Of August 31, 2011) Alaska Railroad Owned Ports Three docks serve freight, cruise and coal ships The Whittier Barge Slip stern was improved in 2010 with hydraulic lifts and a new unloading ramp.
AlaskaRailroad.com 5 Port of Anchorage Support Trailer on Flat Car Service – 5,328 Trailers * Bulk and Container Barges * – 500 Railcars of Scrap Metal and Cement – 900 Containers Support for Military Deployments (volumes as of August 31, 2011)
AlaskaRailroad.com 6 Port Mackenzie Railroad Extension 32.1 Miles of New Track Estimate project construction cost $245 million Construction Appropriations – State of Alaska FY 2011 & 2012: $65 million – Unsecured funding: $180 million Awaiting Surface Transportation Board’s Record of Decision (ROD) – Final EIS Published in March 2011 – No schedule for ROD Awaiting US Army Corps of Engineers Permit – Public Comment closed in July 2011 – Negotiating permit conditions/mitigation with USACE, EPA and USF&W Segment 1 procurement advertised, but delayed awaiting STB and USACE Segments 3 & 6 will be advertised early 2012 for construction in
AlaskaRailroad.com 7 Port Mackenzie Preferred Route The Environmental Impact Study identified the Mac Central and Houston South segments as the preferred route
AlaskaRailroad.com 8 Export Coal Partnered with Usibelli Coal Mine to transport coal from Healy to Seward for export to Chile and pacific rim destinations ARRC owns and manages Seward Coal Loading Facility – Operated by Aurora Energy Services, subsidiary of Usibelli Coal Mine Expect to export approximately 1.1 million metric tons in 2011 – Up from 953,000 metric tons in 2010 Increased capacity through purchase of 70 hopper cars in 2011 Planning for 4 trains a week for rest of year and into 2012 Coal Loading Facility in Seward New aluminum hoppers have 6.5% more capacity
AlaskaRailroad.com 9 Thank you for your interest!