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Tower 55 Rail Reliever Study Early Improvement Alternatives Public Meeting November 13, 2007.

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1 Tower 55 Rail Reliever Study Early Improvement Alternatives Public Meeting November 13, 2007

2 UPRR BNSF Joint DART or FW&WRR UPRR Duncan BNSF Ft. Worth BNSF Wichita Falls UPRR Choctaw UPRR Ft. Worth UPRR Dallas Sub East – West Traffic UPRR NW & SW Wye Traffic Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct. To Temple To Waco Tower 55 Area Base Schematic Track Layout ITC Station T&P Station

3 How the Problem is Being Approached 8 Improvement Alternatives being considered – Third N-S track at–grade (3) – N-S trench (2) – E-W flyover (1) – FWWR bypass (2)

4 A Progression of Improvements Immediate Improvements – Operating Protocols – Re-routing Trains – Dispatch Procedures – Operating & Switching Equipment Short Term Improvements – A system of at-grade solutions – Commuter Rail Opportunities Mid-Term Improvements – Grade Separated Solution – Trench, Fly-Over, or FWWT By-pass – Commuter Rail Opportunities Long term Improvement – Outer-Loop bypass (not part of this environmental process)

5 At – Grade Alternatives Concept to direct traffic to routes that have multiple existing tracks and to establish directional routes – Crossovers for route usage – Grade crossing closures/separations increase meet-pass locations Third N-S track for capacity at Tower 55 Two NW quadrant connecting track configurations – Intersects N-S routes at grade – Separated from N-S routes

6 Tower 60 Alternative 1a Third N-S Main Track Tower 55 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco ITC Station T&P Station ? ? ? ? ? Alternative 1a Third N-S Main Track X X XXX

7 Proposed Grade Separation of Sylvania (DART Track) FWWR DART/UP BNSF To FWWR Jct. To Tower 60 To Saginaw Blue Mound Sylvania X Closed ? Possible Closure Grade Separation

8 Sylvania BeachBeach Old Denton To Tower 60 DART/UP E. Long To Roanoke To Tower 55 FWWR JCT. 8,200’ siding 9,600’ siding, 5,800’ storage Proposed Grade Separation of Sylvania (Choctaw Sub) X Closed ? Possible Closure Grade Separation

9 Cold Springs Peach 1 st St. Hampton BNSFBNSF UPUP BNSFBNSF UPUP Shown with Alternative 1a Improvements MP ? ? ? ? ? ? Prospective Grade Crossing Closures and Separations X Closed ? Possible Closure New Roadway Connection X X Live Oak 4 th St.

10 Jennings Hemphill Page Caps Lipscomb Bowie Biddison BIRDS BNSFBNSF UPUP UPUP Rosedale Tower 55 Shown with Alternatives 1a, b, c Magnolia MP MP X X X Closed ? Possible Closure Grade Separation Prospective Grade Crossing Closures X

11 To Dallas To Davidson To Waco/Midlothian To Temple BNSF FtW UP Duncan UP Choctaw BNSF W. Falls or Choctaw 1 Amtrak Alternative 1a Third N-S Main Track

12 Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco Alternative 1b Third N-S Main Track Alternative 1b Third N-S Main Track ITC Station T&P Station X X XXX

13 To Dallas To Davidson To Waco/Midlothian To Temple BNSF FtW UP Duncan UP Choctaw BNSF W. Falls or Choctaw 1 Amtrak Alternative 1b Third N-S Main Track

14 ? ? ? ? X X ? ? Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco Alternative 1c 3rd N-S Main Track Parallel TRE Approach Alternative 1c 3 rd Track At-Grade, Parallel TRE Approach ITC Station T&P Station X X XXX

15 To T&P BNSFBNSF BNSFBNSF UPUP UPUP To Tower 60 To Hodge To Dallas TRE ITC Station To Tower Alternative 1c 3 rd Track At-Grade, Parallel TRE Approach

16 To Davidson Yard TRE T&P Station To Tower 55 BNSFBNSF UP Dallas Sub Alternative 1c 3 rd Track At-Grade, Parallel TRE Approach

17 To Dallas To Davidson To Waco/Midlothian To Temple To Tower 60 To Hodge Used for Peach – Davidson trains and backup only Alternative 1c 3 rd Track At-Grade, Parallel TRE Approach

18 Feasibility of Commuter Rail Initiatives Two initiatives, with multiple possible route alternatives Southwest to Northeast Initiative – Access to DFW via DART (ex – Cotton Belt) Ft. Worth to Arlington/Dallas – Access via UPRR Dallas Sub

19 ITC Station T&P Station Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco SE to NW Commuter Initiative – Routing to ITC SE to NW Commuter Initiative – Routing to ITC X X XXX

20 UP BNSF Joint DART or FWWR Conceptual Duncan to Choctaw, connect to DART at FWWR Jct. Conceptual Duncan to DART at Tower 60 Tower 60 Tower 55 ITC Station T&P Station Conceptual Duncan to Rio, to DART Conceptual new connection from TRE to Choctaw along alternative route New Connection New Trinity Bridge SW to NE Commuter Initiative – ITC to Grapevine SW to NE Commuter Initiative – ITC to Grapevine

21 UP BNSF Joint DART or FWWR Tower 60 ITC Station T&P Station Conceptual new connection from TRE to Dallas Sub along alternative route X X X Crosses I-30 Tower 55 at-grade route likely to be unacceptable to RRs Conceptual grade separation over I-35, I-30 to UPRR Dallas Sub FTW/Arlington Commuter Initiative – ITC to Arlington FTW/Arlington Commuter Initiative – ITC to Arlington

22 Grade Separated Alternatives N-S trench via BNSF approach to Tower 55 N-S trench via UPRR Choctaw approach to Tower 55 – Three tracks through both trenches – Some at grade improvements become sunk costs E-W Flyover – At grade improvements incremental step with flyover

23 X X ? ? Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco Alternative 2a BNSF Approach Trench Alternative 2a BNSF Approach Trench ITC Station T&P Station X X

24 To Hodge To Waco/Midlothian To Temple To Dallas To Davidson Amtrak Alternative 2a BNSF Approach Trench

25 X X ? ? Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco Alternative 2b UP Approach Trench Alternative 2b UP Approach Trench ITC Station T&P Station X X

26 To Dallas To Davidson To Waco/Midlothian To Temple BNSF FtW UP Duncan UP Choctaw BNSF W. Falls or Choctaw 1 Amtrak Alternative 2b UP Approach Trench

27 ? ? ? ? X X ? ? Berry Park Place Vickery White Settlement FWWR to Cresson Belt Jct. Henderson Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco Alternative 3a E – W Flyover Alternative 3a E – W Flyover UP E – W Dallas Sub Traffic ITC Station T&P Station X X XXX

28 ? ? ? ? X X ? ? Berry Park Place Vickery White Settlement FWWR to Cresson Belt Jct. Henderson Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco Alternative 4a FWWR Single Track Bypass Alternative 4a FWWR Bypass Possible Construction Bypass Option ITC Station T&P Station X X XXX

29 ? ? ? ? X X ? ? FWWR to Cresson Belt Jct. Birds McCart Benbrook Berry Vickery White Settlement Henderson BNSF North and Southbound UP Choctaw & Duncan North & Southbound Tower 55 Tower 60 To Dallas To Saginaw FWWR Jct, To Temple To Waco UP Choctaw & Duncan NW Wye Alternative 4b FWWR Double Track Bypass Alternative 4b FWWR Bypass ITC Station T&P Station X X XXX

30 Additional Concepts Relocating Amtrak. Eliminating at-grade railroad crossings. Increasing fencing and sound barriers. Installing quiet zones. Expanding freight rail capacity nearby. Moving the Duncan Subdivision to public ownership. Adjusting track connections and dispatch authority. Investing in new signal and electronic switching/safety technologies. Relocating Davidson Yard. Establishing Tower 55 institutional and financial structures. Utilizing low-emission locomotive technology.

31 Additional Concepts No Build Scenario and other options will be considered during the federal environmental study process. NCTCOG staff is using $300 million as the best available estimate.


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