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1 1 Washington, DC and Tiburon, CA Commuter Rail Plan Update Transportation Engineers and Economists In Association With R.L. Banks & Associates, Inc. Columbia, SC and San Francisco, CA

2 2 Study Purpose Update ridership and cost analysis from previous studies to support the Transit Planning Board’s efforts to develop a regional transit network. R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC.

3 3 Steering Committee Members: Co-Chairs & Elected Officials R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. Co-chairs Michael Robison; Lanier Holdings CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber Transit Committee co-chair Doug Tollett; American Resurgens Management Company President, TPB Vice Chair Elected Officials: Hon. Tommy Allegood, Mayor of Acworth Hon. Keith Brady, Mayor of Newnan Hon. Jill Chambers, House Transportation Committee member Hon. John Douglas, Senate Transportation Committee member Hon. Bill Dunaway, Mayor of Marietta Hon. Harold Logsdon, Mayor of Peachtree City Hon. Sam Olens, ARC Board Chair Hon. Gary Peet, Mayor of Stone Mountain Hon. Jere Wood, Mayor of Roswell

4 4 Steering Committee Members R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. Richard Bowers, Richard Bowers & Co President Craig Camuso, CSX Transportation Public Affairs Regional Vice President Chip Cherry, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce President Robert Dallas, Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Sonny Deriso, GRTA Board Chair Patty Durand, Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club President Doc Eldridge, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce President Scotty Greene, Buckhead Community Improvement District Executive Director Oscar Harris, Turner Associates CEO Doug Hooker, PBS&J Southern States Director John Izard, Cushman & Wakefield President Ben Johnson, Alston & Bird Managing Partner Gordon Kenna, Georgia Concrete and Products Association Executive Director Glenn Kurtz, Lanier Parking Holdings Vice President of Alternative Transportation

5 5 Steering Committee Members R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. Craig Lewis, Norfolk Southern Vice President Michael Mandl, Emory University Executive Vice President Ryland N. McClendon, MARTA Assistant General Manager of Planning Jim Maran, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce President Emory Morsberger, The Morsberger Group President Karen Webster Parks, Regional Atlanta Civic League President Steve Parks, Georgia Highway Contractors Association Executive Director Dr. Carl Patton, Georgia State University President Kay Pippin, Henry County Chamber of Commerce President AJ Robinson, Central Atlanta Progress President Jerome Russell, Russell Urban Realty President Jack Seibert, CH2MHill Project Engineer Shane Short, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce President Timothy Stack, Piedmont Hospital President Dr. Jim Wagner, Emory University President Larry Walker, GDOT Board member

6 6 Current Commuter Rail Study R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. 7 lines between Atlanta and: –Athens (CSX) –Lovejoy-Macon (NS) –Gainesville (NS) –Madison (CSX) –Bremen (NS) –Senoia (CSX) –Canton (CSX)

7 7 R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. Commuter rail is feasible on all seven corridors Estimates potential ridership through combination of corridor modeling and analysis of peer cities with existing commuter rail Results show that all proposed commuter rail lines could enjoy the same level of success as the peer cities Study Summary

8 8 Peer City Review: 10 of the 13 Most Populated US Metro Areas Have Commuter Rail R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. 1.New YorkYes 2.Los Angeles Yes 3.ChicagoYes 4.PhiladelphiaYes 5.DallasYes 6.MiamiYes 7.HoustonNo 8.Washington, DCYes 9.AtlantaNo 10. DetroitNo 11.BostonYes 12.San FranciscoYes 13.Riverside-BernardinoYes U.S. Metro Areas Ranked by Population Commuter Rail? (Yes/No)

9 9 Peer City Review Systems studied: –Los Angeles (Metrolink) –Dallas-Fort Worth (TRE) –Southern Florida (TriRail) –Northern Virginia/Washington DC (VRE) R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC.

10 10 Peer Systems Ridership Trends 1990-2006 R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC.

11 11 Commuter rail ridership forecasts based on: R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. 1.Number of employees living within the commuter rail "catchment" area 2.Number of those employees' employment destinations served by the commuter rail line 3.The propensity for those employees to choose commuter rail as their travel mode

12 12 R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. Athens135,7563,000-3,700 Bremen52,9751,600-2,200 Canton98,3472,300-3,400 Gainesville99,6551,200-2,500 Macon110,2831,700-2,200 Madison111,9813,200-4,700 Senoia62,3041,200-1,700 Study Summary: Ridership Estimates Daily Work Trips Served by Corridor Daily Ridership Estimate (3 Trains/Peak Period) Rail Corridor

13 13 R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. Athens$471 million$15 million Bremen$157 million$11.7 million Canton$144 million$10.6 million Gainesville$144 million$11.7 million Macon$366 million$17.2 million Madison$150 million$13.9 million Senoia$106 million$ 9.2 million Study Summary: Commuter Rail Costs Capital Costs Operation and Maintenance Costs Rail Corridor

14 14 R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. Increased likelihood for commuters to opt for rail over automobiles as gas prices increase Affect of land-use changes on population patterns as commuter rail stations become active Factors NOT Considered in this Study:

15 15 R.L. BANKS & ASSOCIATES, INC. This report reaffirms commuter rail as an attainable, viable means to connect Georgia communities using updated demographic information. Study Summary: Conclusion


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