Presentation on theme: "1 Where High-Sped Rail Works Best Petra Todorovich Director, America 2050 Megaregions + MetroProsperity Sustainable Economics for the Texas Triangle Megaregion."— Presentation transcript:
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 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 100-500 miles apart. Top speeds 110 – 150 mph, grade separated, some dedicated some shared track. Emerging HSR Developing corridors of 100-500 miles, with strong potential for future HSR. Top speeds 90-110 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 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