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1 Update on Amtrak Ray Lang Chief, State Government Relations

2 Amtrak Today 1 America’s intercity provider – 305 weekday trains – 21,200 route-miles – Serves 46 States, 3 Canadian provinces, and Washington, DC FY2013, system ridership record of 31.6 M passengers – 10th such record in the past 11 years – $2.1 billion in ticket revenue – Amtrak recovers 89% of its operating costs This is an exciting time to be at Amtrak! – A new strategy – A new organization – Some big challenges

3 FY 2015 Grant and Legislative Request in Context FY 2014 Amtrak Request FY 2014 Federal Grant FY 2015 Amtrak Request Operating$373$340$701 Capital2,065841760 Debt Service212199150 FRA oversightn/a$10$9 Total$2,650*$1,390$1,620 *Excludes FRA oversight numbers Request sized to approach historically funded level – Time and investment needed to size organization for growth Proposal restructures grant to maximize available capital – More operating funding allows us to leverage revenues – Projected FY 15 capital level would rise to $1,129 ($278M above FY 14 appropriated level) Cost recovery improvement is forecasted 2 Goal is to “drive a wedge” for a gradual expansion of our capital program

4 The Strategic Context Amtrak has just released updated version of our corporate strategy Three overarching strategic goals – Financial excellence – Customer Focus – Safety and Security CUS represents an enormous potential revenue opportunity – Location – Unused space – Potential for improvement of existing space 3

5 The importance of CUS Crossroads of the system – 56 daily Amtrak trains – 350 weekday Metra trains – Every LD train west of the Appalachians, except the Coast Starlight 4 th largest Amtrak station on ridership basis – 3.2 million Amtrak – 31 million Metra 4 Any property with this much traffic represents a major development opportunity

6 Chicago Union Station Master Plan 5 Master planning process led by CDOT, in close cooperation with Amtrak and Metra Identify & assess near-, medium-, and long-term station improvements to encourage and accommodate growth Three City-led near-term improvements to be built in 2014-2015: –Central Loop Bus Rapid Transit (CLBRT) –Union Station Transit Center (USTC) Opportunities for innovative and economical capacity expansion in the medium-term (5-10 year horizon)

7 Near Term Projects Union Station Transit Center Central Loop Bus Rapid Transit 6 Bird’s Eye View, facing northwest CANAL STREET JACKSON BLVD WASHINGTON MADISON CLINTO N CANAL MICHIGAN Legend New dedicated bus lanes Bus routes feeding bus lanes New protected bike lanes New BRT stations UNION STATIO N USTC RANDOLPH CANAL STREET JACKSON BLVD Amtrak’s Main Entrance

8 Innovative Capacity Expansion (medium term) Reconfigure concourse Widen commuter platforms and add direct street access Repurpose mail platforms for passenger use Create capability to through- route some intercity trains 7 Widened Commuter Platform Unused Baggage Platform Old steam tunnel passageway and basement, repurposed for passenger use

9 Create the capability to through-route some intercity trains 8 UNION STATION Great Hall Old Mail Platforms Repurposed for Passenger Use Improved Through Tracks Chicago’s intercity passenger train network Through tracks could allow passenger rail connections to O’Hare and points beyond

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