2 Purpose: The purpose of the Project is to examine and recommend ways of introducing higher passenger train speeds on the Empire Corridor and ways to improve reliability, travel times, service frequency, and passenger amenities, with the goal/objective of attracting additional passengers and being more competitive with other modes of intercity travel. Need: The sustainability of our local state and national economy is dependent upon a diversity of transportation options. For High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) to be competitive with other modes, the following needs must be met: Attract Ridership Reduce Infrastructure Constraints Accommodate Forecasted Growth
3 Performance Goals and Objectives: Improve system wide on time performance to 90 percent, Reduce travel time along all segments of the Empire Corridor, Increase the frequency of service (number of daily round trips) along Empire Corridor West beyond the existing four daily round trips, Divert a measurable number of travelers from other modes; especially automobiles, Empire Corridor Economic Growth.
4 463 mile corridor Niagara Falls to New York City Shared freight/passenger alignment
5 Frequency 4 roundtrips per day between Albany and Buffalo 13 roundtrips between Albany and NYC Reliability/On Time Performance 77 percent overall Albany to NYC 84 percent West of Albany 57 percent Trip Time (Examples) Albany to Syracuse 2:39 hours Albany to Buffalo Depew 4:54 hours NYC to Buffalo Depew 7:34 hours
6 The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has established three levels of High Speed Rail service, as well as key planning guidelines.
7 Locations with too few tracks Lower speeds for freight impact passenger rail speeds on shared lines Current conditions limit speed in some locations Not enough trains between some cities Travel time is not comparable with air or auto travel Train trips take longer than scheduled
9 Operations / Service Improvements Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS) Frequency of Service Schedule Enhancements (including Express) Physical Improvements Track / Bridges Signals / Grade Crossings Stations / Facilities New Equipment (Locomotives / Coaches) Capital Costs (Programmatic Level) Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Cost Estimates
10 Operations Analysis Trip Time On Time Performance (OTP) Ridership
11 Each step up in speed requires improvements to infrastructure & maintenance 79 mph: (Class 4) trains rely on visual track side signals current top speed along the Empire Corridor West 90 mph: (Class 5) Requires advanced train control system 110 mph: (Class 6) Requires both advanced train control system and straighter and flatter track geometry 125 mph: (Class 7) Requires electrified operation in addition to advanced train control system and even straighter and flatter track geometry. 160 mph: (Class 8) Requires electrified dynamic tilt trains, like the Amtrak Acela, that provide faster operating speeds on curves 220 mph: Requires still straighter and flatter track geometry, tilt capable coaches, and higher power (and more costly) locomotives to overcome wind resistance and maintain speeds up grades.
14 WEST Projects with Prior NEPA Clearance: Niagara Falls New Intermodal Transportation Center Buffalo Depew Station ADA Improvements Rochester Reliability Third Main Track (CP 393 CP 382) Syracuse Congestion Relief Capacity Improvements (CP 291 to CP 278) Schenectady Station Improvements
15 SOUTH Projects with Prior NEPA Clearance: Albany Schenectady Second Main Track (CP 161 to CP 145) Rensselaer Station Capacity Improvements (CP 144 to CP 138) Hudson Subdivision Signal Reliability (CP 140 to CP 75) Hudson Subdivision Grade Crossing Improvements (12)
16 SOUTH Completed in 2005 as the blueprint for improvements to the Hudson Line Corridor between Albany and New York, Reflects technical leadership of NYSDOT, Metro North, Amtrak, CSX Transportation and Canadian Pacific Railway, Improvements organized into short, medium and long term improvements, Improvements will support 2:20 trip time with five stops, 2:10 trip time for non stop operations (both 10 minute trip time improvements versus today).
17 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) IN NEW YORK STATE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL HERKIMER ONEIDA COUNTIES TRANSPORTATION STUDY SYRACUSE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL 5 GENESSEE TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL 1 6 GREATER BUFFALO NIAGARA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL
18 All findings based on preliminary data.
19 Forecasted market results shown here are preliminary, reflect dedicated third track for significant portions of the Corridor and are based on estimates (without full network simulation) of schedule margin required to compensate for congestion impacts. This initial analysis will be used to evaluate optimal alternative configurations and will change as the alternatives are developed with accompanying network simulation results.
20 Currently, cities west of Albany have low boardings due to limited frequency, slow travel time and poor reliability. Car travel dominates for distances less than 100 miles
21 Additional Benefits of High Speed Rail Fosters sustainable land use and development patterns Encourages Transit Oriented Development (TOD) by catalyzing station area development and promoting economic revitalization Reduced Sprawl Infrastructure Efficiency Reduces pressure on existing transportation infrastructure by attracting riders from other modes of travel; highway and air travel
23 How fast will trains travel? Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS) Average Speed How many trains will there be? How long is the trip? How many people will ride the train? How much will it cost? Note: All information presented is preliminary and under development.
24 Alternatives BA 79A 79B 79C 90A 90B Miles Per Hour Average Maximum Alternatives 79A, 79B & 79C would not provide a significant increase in speed or improvement of service. Additionally, none of the 79 mph alternatives would provide significant operational or cost advantages over the 90 mph alternatives.
25 Billions of Dollars $40 $35 $30 $25 $20 $15 $10 Costs Cost estimates indicate that alternatives 160 and 220 are costprohibitive. $5 $ BA 79A 79B 79C 90A 90B Initial Alternatives
27 Base Alternative Existing alignment: 79 mph Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS) Includes previously approved projects which provide improvements to: Stations Capacity Signal System Service Reliability
28 Preliminary results shown.
29 90A Within existing Right of Way: 90 mph Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS) Benefits from an advanced train control system Includes grade crossing warning system upgrades at all public crossings Includes express service 90B Primarily within existing Right of Way: Adds a new dedicated single main track to existing alignment (15 ft track centers) Includes an advanced train control system for new main track
30 Preliminary results shown.
31 Preliminary results shown.
32 110 Primarily within existing Right of Way: 110 mph Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS) Adds trains to increase frequency, including four express service trains Adds a new dedicated single main track with high speed sidings to existing alignment (30 ft track centers) Includes an advanced train control system Includes warning system upgrades, including four quadrant gates at all public grade crossings
33 Preliminary results shown.
34 125 New Corridor/Electrified: New alignment on sealed corridor Electrification of new track New train fleet Adds trains to increase frequency, including express service trains New stations Elimination of grade crossings Advanced train control system
35 Preliminary results shown.
36 Number of Trains BA 4 13 Alternatives 90A 90B Albany West Albany South Note 1: Albany West train count does not include Adirondack or Ethan Allen services. Note 2: Alternatives 90A/90B/110 include one early morning ALB westbound departure and late night eastbound arrival that do not operate from/to New York. All findings based on preliminary data.
37 Miles Per Hour BA Alternatives 90A 90B Average Maximum
38 NYC to Niagara Falls Hours in Travel BA 9:00 Alternatives 90A 90B 110 8:05 7:36 7: : Hours
39 2015 Cost Estimate Billions of Dollars $ $2.5 $5.0 $7.5 $10.0 $12.5 $15.0 $17.5 BA Alternative 90A 90B All findings based on preliminary data.
40 All findings based on preliminary data.
41 Approach Alternatives are in focus Environmental focus is on identifying the resources that could be impacted by the alternatives Depending on the resource type and potential for direct or indirect impact, existing resources within 100 feet and up to ½ mile from centerline of the existing or proposed track have been identified Tier 1: level of constraint and potential for impact Identify potential areas for detailed study in Tier 2 analyses
42 Topics Land Use Social & Economic Conditions Environmental Justice Farmlands Parks & Recreation Areas Historic & Cultural Resources Water & Natural Resources Air Quality Noise & Vibration Energy & Greenhouse Gases Hazardous Materials
43 Existing Context 300 feet from centerline of tracks: Generally mixed urban land uses predominate in New York City (NYC), Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Rensselaer Surface waters and densely urban areas adjoin the corridor in New York and Bronx Counties in NYC Residential and undeveloped land in northern counties of the Empire Corridor South Land uses outside the major metropolitan areas along Empire Corridor West are predominantly rural agricultural Station area land uses vary from dense urban to mixed commercial and residential (1/2 mile context) Current Activities: Assessing alternatives for needed land acquisition, consistency with comprehensive plans, and potential to alter land use patterns.
44 200 facilities within 1,000 feet of centerline of tracks 13 colleges 33 K 12 schools 6 fire stations, 3 police stations 15 medical facilities 17 post offices 21 public libraries 23 religious facilities 4 military 16 government offices 19 cultural sites 7 infrastructure sites (e.g. DPW, sewer treatment, solid waste facilities) 6 correctional facilities 3 commercial/general aviation airports 14 cemeteries Current Activities: Assessing alternatives for potential direct and indirect (access changes, etc.) impact
45 Parks and Recreation Areas (300 feet from centerline of tracks) 7 federally designated sites or lands 25 state parks, park preserves, historic sites 15 State DEC Lands Approximately 100 county, municipal and non profit parks Current Activities: Assessing alternatives for potential direct and indirect (visual, access changes, etc.) impact.
46 Known Archaeological Sites & Information Source (100 feet from centerline of tracks): New York State Museum Sites: 204 New York State Historic Preservation Office Sites: 37 Known Architectural Resources (600 feet from centerline of tracks): National Historic Landmarks: 3 State/National Register of Historic Places Listed Resources: 147 State/National Register of Historic Places Eligible Resources: 326 Current Activities: Assessing alternatives for potential direct and indirect (visual, access changes, etc.) impact.
47 Resources 300 feet from centerline of tracks: 3,295 acres of prime farmland excluding urbanized areas An additional 1,945 acres of prime farmland, if drained 1,420 acres of farmland of statewide importance are located in the nonurbanized portion of the study area. 3,667 acres of farmland within state protected Agricultural Districts Most of these farmlands are along Empire Corridor West Current Activities: Assessing alternatives for needed land acquisition and indirect (access changes, etc.) impact.
48 Existing status Ozone 12 counties nonattainment 18 counties Former Subpart 1 Carbon Monoxide (CO) 8 counties maintenance Particulate Matter (PM) 10 counties nonattainment U.S. Clean Air Act Non attainment areas are not meeting National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Non attainment areas require the state to develop and implement a State Implementation Plan to achieve NAAQS Maintenance areas require a plan for maintaining status Current Activities: Assessing alternatives for consistency with NAAQS.
49 Emission and Energy Consumption Sources Locomotives Reduction in on road fuel consumption HVAC at fixed facilities Electricity for facilities and rail systems Fuel use for construction Construction materials Current Activities: Assessing alternatives for consistency with state and federal energy policies and estimating GHG emissions for the alternatives.
50 FRA/FTA General Noise and Vibration Assessment MNR/CSX/Amtrak trains all included in analysis Potential effects will be assessed by the increase in number of trains and average speeds for each segment Current Activities: Assessing alternatives for potential noise and vibration issues.
51 Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS Scoping Process Prepare Draft EIS Distribute Draft EIS Public Hearing & Comment Period Respond to Comments Distribute Final EIS & Service Development Plan Federal Approval Record of Decision Current Activities Evaluating environmental constraints and considerations Comparing alternatives Writing the Draft EIS
52 Public Hearings Spring 2012 EPAC Briefing on Draft EIS Winter 2012 Distribute Draft EIS Spring 2012 Complete Draft EIS Ongoing
53 The following tools are available to keep informed about our progress and to provide your input: Project website ( corridor) Project Newsletter Interactive table showing detailed information about alternatives Informational video on project Please check the project website on a regular basis for the latest project related information.
54 Please visit the project website ( corridor) on a regular basis for the latest project related information.
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