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1 1 Where High-Sped Rail Works Best Petra Todorovich Director, America 2050 Megaregions + MetroProsperity Sustainable Economics for the Texas Triangle Megaregion September 24, 2009 Houston, Texas

2 2 What does FRA consider HSR? HSR – Express Frequent, express service between major population centers 200 – 600 miles apart Top speeds of at least 150 mph, grade-separated, dedicated ROW. HSR – Regional Relatively frequent service between population centers miles apart. Top speeds 110 – 150 mph, grade separated, some dedicated some shared track. Emerging HSR Developing corridors of miles, with strong potential for future HSR. Top speeds mph on primarily shared track. Conventional Rail Top speeds up to 79 (possibly 90) mph on shared track. Intended to provide travel options and develop rail market.

3 3 FRA’s Evaluation Criteria Public Return on Investment Transportation Benefits Ridership/passenger miles / OTP / delay data Reduced trip time / additional service frequency Impact on highway / air congestion / avoidance of alternative investment Support of Network integration / capacity Economic Recovery Benefits Promote expansion of business opportunities & short and long term job creation Other Public Benefits Environmental quality / energy efficiency / promotion of livable communities Project Success Factors Project Management Approach Quality of project management plan Applicants technical capacity and experience Thoroughness of cost methodology / assumptions Sustainability of Benefits Quality financial plan / revenue and operating forecasts Comprehensiveness of agreements with operators and host railroads Other Attributes Timeliness of Project Completion Readiness of project to be commenced, timeliness of completion and realizations

4 4 Included all cities 50,000 or greater

5 5 27,000 city pairs – Miles Apart

6 6 Criteria Used Population Distance Transit connections Economic productivity Congestion In a megaregion

7 7 Criterion 1: Population

8 8 Criterion 2: Distance

9 9 Criterion 3: Rail Transit Connections New York Chicago Houston Miami San Diego Salt Lake City 50 Miles

10 10 Study Favors Cities with high per capita GDP Per Capita GDP San Francisco: $69,000 Washington DC: $69,000 Boston: $61,000 Criterion 4: Economic Productivity

11 11 Criterion 5: Congestion

12 12 Criterion 6: Megaregion

13 13 Index Results and Scores RankCorridor ScoreRankCorridor Score 1New York-Washington Detroit-Washington Philadelphia-Washington Cleveland-New York Boston-New York Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Baltimore-New York Portland-Seattle Los Angeles-San Francisco Pittsburgh-Washington Boston-Philadelphia Los Angeles-Sacramento Los Angeles-San Diego New York-Providence Los Angeles-San Jose Raleigh-Washington Boston-Washington Detroit-Philadelphia Dallas-Houston Chicago-Louisville Chicago-Detroit Hartford-Philadelphia Baltimore-Boston San Diego-San Jose Chicago-Columbus Hartford-Washington Chicago-Saint Louis Chicago-Cincinnati Los Angeles-Phoenix Cleveland-Philadelphia Chicago-Cleveland Charlotte-Philadelphia Charlotte-Washington Philadelphia-Raleigh San Diego-San Francisco Buffalo-New York Columbus-Washington New York-Virginia Beach Cleveland-Washington Austin-Dallas New York-Pittsburgh Manchester-New York Phoenix-San Diego Philadelphia-Providence Las Vegas-Los Angeles Bridgeport-Philadelphia Detroit-New York Columbus-Philadelphia Chicago-Minneapolis New York-Rochester85.11

14 14 Not Included: Existing Air Market

15 15 Not Included: International Cities

16 16 Not Included: Intermediate Stops

17 17 HSR Phasing Plan: Phase 1

18 18 HSR Phasing Plan: Phase 2

19 19 HSR Phasing Plan: Phase 3

20 20 Trans-American Passenger Network

21 21 Long Term Commitment

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