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OCBC Infrastructure Committee April 8, 2014 LOSSAN Rail Corridor Update Jennifer Bergener – Managing Director, LOSSAN JPA.

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1 OCBC Infrastructure Committee April 8, 2014 LOSSAN Rail Corridor Update Jennifer Bergener – Managing Director, LOSSAN JPA

2 Statewide Perspective Three existing state-funded corridors $109 million in annual state operating funds 1 in 5 Amtrak passengers use California services Annual ridership 5.5 million+ Three emerging corridors

3 LOSSAN Rail Corridor

4 Current Service San Diego – Los Angeles – San Luis Obispo 2 nd busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in U.S. 100 daily passenger trains Amtrak Metrolink Coaster 41 stations served Seven right-of-way owners Five operators, passenger and freight

5 Annual ridership: 2.7 million (Pacific Surfliner); 4.5 million (Metrolink/COASTER) Also served by Amtrak Thruway bus network, including connections to San Joaquin LOSSAN Corridor Overview

6 Freight railroads (55%) and county commissions/local transportation agencies (45%) RRs have operating rights on locally-owned right-of-way 80 percent single track north of Los Angeles Right-of-Way Ownership

7 Goal of Local Authority for LOSSAN Transform existing state-supported intercity rail corridor into service under local authority that is more responsive to local needs, issues and consumer desires

8 Benefits of a Local Authority 1.More cost-effective allocation of resources/decision making; 2.Unified, more powerful voice in Sacramento and Washington D.C.; 3.More opportunities to coordinate/partner locally on passenger and customer issues; 4.Improved coordination on corridor capital improvements; and 5.Focused local management on operations

9 State Legislation SB 1225 (Padilla) addressed local governance for LOSSAN Corridor AB 1779 (Galgiani) for San Joaquin corridor Governor signed both on September 29, 2012 LOSSAN Board adopted revised bylaws and amended Joint Powers Agreement in 2013

10 LOSSAN Managing Agency Competitive process: L.A. Metro, San Diego MTS and OCTA applied OCTA recommended – final approval on Nov. 20  Will provide local staff to support LOSSAN Board  Assume duties currently performed by Caltrans Division of Rail overseeing Pacific Surfliner service 10

11 100-Day Action Plan 1.Execute administrative support agreement 2.Consider forming ad-hoc Board committee to provide guidance on interagency transfer agreement (ITA) 3.Meet with Caltrans Director, State secretary of transportation, and Amtrak leadership to discuss transition process and ITA 4.Coordinate with San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor agencies on ITA 5.Meet and coordinate with railroad owners (public and private) 11

12 100-Day Action Plan 6.One-on-one meetings with LOSSAN agencies 7.Finalize interim work plan; present to TAC, Board 8.Seek Board approval for start-up period budget; provide regular updates to TAC, Board on expenditures and ITA status 9.Develop requirements for contracted services (mechanical, etc.) 10.Review legislative platform 11.Update fact sheets, Web site, collateral material 12.Review and prioritize proposed service initiatives and capital plan 12

13 Short- and Long-Term Service Levels Weekday Service Commuter – San Diego to Oceanside Commuter – IE/Orange County to LA Commuter – North of LA Pacific Surfliner Intercity Long-Distance Trains446 TOTAL

14 Capital Program Current infrastructure ranges from 90 mph double track in OC, north San Diego to 80% single track with hand-thrown switches north of LA $2.2 billion program of projects

15 Key Service Initiatives Customer Experience  Bike storage, real-time train status, Rail 2 Rail, station improvements, food & beverage Operations  Equipment/crew utilization, on-time performance, farebox recovery, differentiation of service, service disruptions, special event service, rail safety

16 Key Service Initiatives Connectivity  Transit connectivity and on-board pass sales, statewide connectivity, schedule coordination Marketing  Market research, joint marketing, social media, newsletter, school groups, new corridors Board of Directors Involvement  Ride with managing director and Board members, Board member rail pass, Board subcommittees

17 Statewide Coordination Quarterly Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR) Chairs/Vice Chairs meeting; rotate to each corridor Biweekly IPR staff coordination calls Coordinated advocacy, stakeholder outreach activities

18 State and Federal Advocacy Annual joint advocacy trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. California Intercity Passenger Rail Program report  Summarizes benefits of existing passenger rail program (jobs, environment, reduced congestion)  Advocates for increased and stable funding for operations and much-needed capital projects  Will be used for state, federal and local advocacy efforts

19 Next Steps Negotiate Interagency Transfer Agreement (ITA) with State of California  Close coordination with San Joaquin corridor  Expected approval between early 2015; transfer in mid-2-15 Prepare business plan detailing budget, key initiatives to be implemented after ITA approval Meetings of Senate Select Committee and possible formation of Assembly Committee

20 Questions? Jennifer Bergener LOSSAN Managing Director


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