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1 High Speed Passenger Rail for Indiana August 21, 2012

2 About HEC Education and advocacy for stronger environmental policies –state, federal, local Statewide network of thousands linked by email, programs, personal outreach Offices in Indianapolis, Lafayette and Valparaiso

3 Amtrak in Central Indiana Chicago to Indy (Hoosier State route) Chicago to Washington DC (Cardinal route) Chicago to New York (Cardinal route) 50 mph average speeds Current Amtrak Service: - Chicago to Indianapolis: 4 hr 50 min - Indianapolis to Cincinnati: 3 hr 7 min Cardinal: 17% growth between 2006 and 2011 Hoosier: 85% growth between 2006 and 2011

4 Federal Funding for Passenger Rail Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) –Passed by U.S. Congress in 2008 –Establishes grant program for states; 80/20 match –All states must have an approved State Rail Plan –Established framework for High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program (HSIPR) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) –Passed U.S. Congress in 2009 –$8 billion appropriated for high speed and intercity rail

5 Midwest Regional Rail Initiative Effort of 9 Midwestern states, including Indiana Planned 3,000-mile high-speed rail system to connect Midwest cities including: –Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, St. Louis HSR plan for Indiana includes: –Chicago to Detroit route –Chicago to Cleveland route –Chicago to Indianapolis to Cincinnati route –Feeder bus routes to expand system

6 Midwest Regional Rail System

7 Elements of the MWRRS Make use of existing freight and commuter rights- of-way Upgrade existing rights-of-way to permit high speed operations and integration with freight service Introduction of trains operating at speeds up to 110 mph Improved travel times and frequencies

8 Elements of the MWRRS – cont. Provision of multi- modal connections and feeder bus routes Generate revenues equal to or greater than operating costs Regional service in 100 to 500 mile corridors

9 Conveniences of High Speed Rail Faster, more reliable train service Downtown to downtown service Increased service frequency On-board amenities

10 Chicago – Indianapolis - Cincinnati Proposed stops include: Gary, Lafayette, Indianapolis Airport, Indianapolis (downtown), Shelbyville, Greensburg 4 hours 8 minutes travel time –Chicago to Indianapolis: 2 hr 41 min –Indianapolis to Cincinnati: 1 hr 27 min 5-6 daily round trips $700 million in capital costs

11 Needed Infrastructure Improvements Upgrades to FRA Track 6 Grade crossings Bridge improvements Sidings Improved signaling (Positive Train Control)

12 What will Indiana gain?

13 Jobs and Economic Development Efficient connection to major urban centers Expanded regional labor market Increased commercial activity near rail stations More business for Indiana manufacturers and service providers 4,540 new permanent jobs in Indiana $86 million of extra household income in Indiana

14 Quality of Life for Residents Mobility and choice Relief from highway congestion Increased productivity Time savings Safety In the past 30 years: Amtrak experienced 0.04 fatalities per 100 million passenger miles, compared to 1.29 fatalities per 100 million passenger miles for automobiles

15 Energy Savings and Fewer Greenhouse Gases Current transportation system consumes 70% of U.S. oil demand Rail is 17% more fuel efficient than airplanes and 21% more fuel efficient than vehicles on a per passenger mile basis. Reduce dependence on foreign oil

16 Cleaner Air 60% of ozone pollution in central Indiana is from motor vehicles

17 One HSR track can transport as many people as 10 highway lanes Fewer impacts on habitat and water resources, compared to expanding highways and airports Encourage downtown, compact development An Efficient Use of Land

18 Communities that have capitalized on passenger rail service

19 Uptown Normal Transportation Center Normal, IL $22 million TIGER grant Multimodal transportation hub connecting aviation, rail, bus, automobile, and pedestrian facilities Improves efficiency of transportation network for residents/visitors Catalyst for economic activity in Normal

20 Brunswick Maine Street Station Brunswick, ME $35 million in federal stimulus funds Multimodal, mixed-use development Centered around Amtrak service extension from Portland to Brunswick Public/private partnership

21 Union Station Meridian, MS $5.1 million in federal and state grants, including the MS DOT Multi-modal hub Resulted in $8 million in private reinvestment in downtown ‘Depot District’

22 Newark Rail Station East Lansing, MI $6.3 million grant from Federal Transit Administration Multi-modal hub for rail, local transit, MegaBus, pedestrians Will be stimulus for economic growth

23 Where is Indiana?

24 High speed rail milestones 2002– INDOT’s Indiana Passenger Rail Initiative Public Meetings 2009 -- Coalition support for HSR stimulus funds 2009 --Indiana signs on to MW states agreement 2010 – Indiana receives $71 million federal grant for share of Chicago – Detroit improvements

25 Rail Investment Amtrak in Indiana 100% federal Virtually no state money 15 other states provide state support for capital and operating

26 What’s Next?

27 Environmental Studies NEPA Preliminary engineering plans

28 Neighboring states moving forward – Michigan, Illinois Availability of federal funding Opportunities for HSR

29 Laying tracks for HSR Look to Illinois model Mayors, city & county officials Chambers and EDCs Universities & Colleges Business – manufacturing, services, commuters

30 Indiana coalition State legislators Sen. Sue Landske, Rep. Randy Truitt, 7 others Mayors Valparaiso, Lafayette, Carmel, Greencastle Chambers of Commerce Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Gary Non-profits Indiana High Speed Rail Association, HEC

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32 HEC contacts: Tim Maloney Emilie Pinkston

33 Indiana High Speed Rail Association

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