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1 INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL NORTHEAST UPDATE AASHTO – FEBRUARY 29,

2 Northeast Region HSIPR UPDATE  Criticality of NEC mainstem and feeder lines  Essential role of high speed rail corridors  Northeast funding status  NEC Commission  FRA Service Development Plan and EIS  New England Compact 2

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5 New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program Program Update Program Update 5

6 NHHS Rail Program Recap   Program Goals:   Enhanced regional rail service   Frequent service in the peak hours   Seamless connections to Amtrak & Metro North   Continued growth in local freight rail service   Long Term Vision   25 Round Trip Trains   Additional connections to Boston, and Montreal   30 minute, bi-directional, peak hour service   Hourly off-peak service   Start-up Service – 2016   17 Round Trip Trains   45 minute frequency in the peak hour, hourly off-peak   Bi-directional service south of Hartford 6

7 The NHHS Rail Corridor   Owner/Operator: Amtrak   Length: 62 miles   Infrastructure Conditions   Structures over 100 years old with severe drainage problems   Double-tracked until 1980s with 12’-6” track centers – –23.3 miles of double track – –38.7 miles of single track   Hartford Viaduct: 1888   Connecticut River: 1905   At-Grade Crossings:   35 public crossings   13 private crossings 7

8 Modernizing the NHHS Infrastructure 1.Track & signal improvements: 44.5 miles of new double track, signals & PTC 2.Structures & drainage upgrades: 125 deficient structures 3.At-grade crossing upgrades to meet Quiet Zone standards 4.Station enhancements: high-level platforms & parking 5.State-of-Good-Repair improvements: Hartford Viaduct & Conn River Bridge 8

9 9 NHHS Corridor Springfield Union Station (Amtrak) Windsor Locks (Amtrak) Windsor (Amtrak) Hartford Union Station (Amtrak) Berlin (Amtrak) Meriden (Amtrak) Wallingford (Amtrak) New Haven State St. Station New Haven Union Station (Amtrak) Existing Stations Enfield West Hartford Newington North Haven

10 Current Funding Status  Preliminary Program Cost: $647 million  Does not include: future stations; new trains; upgrades to the Connecticut River Bridge or Hartford Viaduct  Funding Awards & Bond Proceeds Available to Date: $471 million  Meriden-Berlin: $40 million in Federal funding  New Haven-Hartford: $121 million in Federal funding  Hartford-Springfield: $30 million in Federal Funding  State Funding: $280 million in bond authority  Additional Annual Funding Opportunities  Future FRA or FTA funding 10

11 Phasing NHHS Improvements  Work has Been Phased To Match Funding Availability  FRA awarding grants as funding becomes available  Each grant requires projects with Independent Utility  Current Phases  Phase 1: Meriden-Newington (ARRA: obligated)  Phase 2: New Haven-Hartford (FY 2010: awarded)  Phase 3A: Hartford-Windsor (ARRA: obligated)  Phase 3B: Windsor-Springfield (unfunded)  Phase 4:Regional Rail Upgrades (unfunded)  Phase 5: Ongoing State-of-good-repair Upgrades (unfunded) 11

12 Phasing NHHS Improvements 12  Phase 1: Meriden-Newington  Adds 10.2 miles of second track between Meriden and Newington  Cost: $60 million –$40 million Federal; –$20 million State)  Funding fully obligated Meriden (Amtrak) Berlin (Amtrak)

13 13 Phasing NHHS Improvements  Phase 2: New Haven-Hartford  Adds all new track, signal, bridge and station infrastructure for additional service between New Haven and Hartford  Adds new service during peak morning/evening rush hour  Cost: $262 million –$121 Federal –$141 State  Funding Awarded, Awaiting Obligation Hartford Union Station (Amtrak) Berlin (Amtrak) Meriden (Amtrak) Wallingford (Amtrak) New Haven Union Station (Amtrak) New Haven State St. Station Windsor Locks (Amtrak) Windsor (Amtrak) Springfield Union Station (Amtrak)

14 14 Phasing NHHS Improvements Springfield Union Station (Amtrak) Windsor Locks (Amtrak) Windsor (Amtrak)  Phase 3A: Hartford-Windsor  7.5 miles of double track/sidings  Structure repairs  New signal system/PTC extending from Hartford to Springfield  9 at-grade crossing upgrades  New interlocking  Cost: $43 million –Federal: $30 million –State: $13 million  Funding fully obligated Hartford Union Station (Amtrak) Berlin (Amtrak) Meriden (Amtrak) Wallingford (Amtrak) New Haven Union Station (Amtrak) New Haven State St. Station

15 15 Phasing NHHS Improvements Springfield Union Station (Amtrak) Windsor Locks (Amtrak) Windsor (Amtrak)  Phase 3B: Windsor-Springfield  Complete double track/sidings to Springfield  Structure repairs  Station Upgrades at Windsor and Windsor Locks  Upgrade remaining at-grade crossings  New interlockings  Environmental Assessment Underway  Efforts underway to secure funding Hartford Union Station (Amtrak) Berlin (Amtrak) Meriden (Amtrak) Wallingford (Amtrak) New Haven Union Station (Amtrak) New Haven State St. Station

16 16 Phasing NHHS Improvements Enfield Newington North Haven West Hartford  Phase 4: Regional Rail Upgrades  Constructs four new NHHS stations (North Haven; Newington; West Hartford; Enfield) and adds a platform to the State St. Station  New train equipment  Environmental Assessment Underway  Efforts underway to secure FTA funding New Haven State St. Station

17 17 Phasing NHHS Improvements  Phase 5: Ongoing State- of-Good-Repair Program  Repair Hartford Viaduct and Connecticut River Bridge  Upgrade other structures and facilities as required

18 18 m Phase 5: State-of-Good- Repair Program 18  Scope:  Hartford Viaduct –20-year renewal –Long-term relocation –Assessment underway  Connecticut River Bridge –Rehabilitation/replace center truss –Double track –Ready for Preliminary Engineering  Bridges/culverts in existing 2-track areas

19 Program Benefits  Fast, Convenient Regional Transportation  Connects/integrates regional transportation across New England  More frequent service  Faster service  Creates Engine For Local Economic & Station Area Development  Construction-related & long-term job growth  Provides the connections to livable communities along the rail line  Establishes An Interconnected Intermodal Transportation System for Connecticut’s Future  Metro North – Shoreline East  Amtrak – Local bus services  Busway – Bradley International Airport 19

20 Key NHHS Dates 2012 February: Publish Environmental Document, complete Preliminary Design Phase 3A March-June: Complete Preliminary Design Phase 2 June: Final Design in progress for all funded phases August: initiate Amtrak signal cable replacement /PTC September : Submit DEEP and USACE permit applications 2013 Receive permits; start construction on grade crossings, bridges, and culverts 2014 Start Station Construction 2015 Installation of new track 2016 Initiate start-up service 20


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