$642 million funds recommended to improve rail access to US airports

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USA: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced $3.2 billion funds recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget to advance the construction or completion of 25 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 13 states. 

The President’s budget includes funding recommendations for 5 transit projects that will improve connectivity to US airports.

Southeast Rail Extension Denver, Colorado - FY16 budget recommendation $92 million (total capital cost $224.29 million)
The project will be an extension of the current Southeast LRT line that was constructed as part of RTD’s Transportation Expansion (T-REX) project and is also part of RTD’s ongoing FasTracks long range transportation programme.

Combined with other FasTracks LRT and commuter rail expansion projects currently underway, the project will also provide increased access to Denver’s southeast suburbs and Denver International Airport.

Eight new light rail vehicles would be procured as part of the project.

Eagle Commuter Rail Denver, Colorado - FY16 budget recommendation $165 million (total capital cost $2,043.14 million)
The Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) is constructing a 13-station, 30.2-mile, Commuter Rail project that consists of two lines: the East Corridor from Denver International Airport (DIA) to Downtown Denver at Denver Union Station (DUS) and the Gold Line from DUS westward to Ward Road in Wheat Ridge. Six stations will be constructed in the East Corridor and seven along the Gold Line. The project includes 44 electric multiple unit vehicles.

East Corridor service will operate every 15 minutes between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm and every 30 minutes at all other times on weekdays. Gold Line service will operate every 15 minutes between 6:00 am and 6:30 pm, and every 30 minutes at all other times on weekdays. The project is expected to serve 57,500 average weekday trips in 2030.

RTD and FTA entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) in August 2011, with revenue operations scheduled for December 2016. Right of way acquisition, utility relocation, and design work are all essentially complete and construction overall is approximately 62% complete.

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SMART Regional Rail Commuter Rail, San Rafael, California - FY16 budget recommendation $20 Million (total capital cost $42.53 million)
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) proposes to extend by 2.1 miles a 43-mile, 10-station, commuter rail initial operating segment (IOS) that it is currently constructing with local funds between downtown San Rafael and Sonoma County Airport.

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High Capacity Transit Corridor Project Honolulu, Hawaii - FY16 budget recommendation $265 million (total capital cost $5,121.69 million)

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) is constructing the High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project, a 20-mile rail line that would serve the south shore of Oahu from a western terminus in Kapolei, past Pearl Harbor and Honolulu International Airport, through Downtown Honolulu, to an eastern terminus at Ala Moana Center.

Rail service would extend 20 hours each day with automated trains running every 2.4 minutes in weekday peak periods and every 4.7 minutes during most off-peak hours. The project scope includes 21 stations, 80 light metro rail vehicles, four park and ride facilities with 4,100 spaces, and a maintenance and storage facility. The project is expected to serve 116,000 average weekday trips in 2030.

HART and FTA entered into an FFGA in December 2012 with revenue operations scheduled for January 2020. The Project is currently in the construction phase and it is approximately 30% complete.

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TEX Rail Fort Worth, Texas - FY16 budget recommendation $100 million (total capital cost $891.90 Million)
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T) proposes to build a double-track Tarrant County Express commuter rail line (TEX Rail) from downtown Ft. Worth providing service to northeast Tarrant County including the cities of Haltom, North Richland Hills, Colleyville, and Grapevine, to the Dallas-Ft. Worth International (DFW) Airport.

The TEX Rail line would operate on portions of the Ft. Worth and Western Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail line, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Cotton Belt line. At DFW Airport, the project would provide transfer connections to DART’s Orange light rail line for trips to the north Dallas suburbs and downtown Dallas. The TEX Rail project includes construction of six new stations, modifications to two existing TRE stations, expansion of an existing operations and maintenance facility currently used by TRE, construction of 2,000 park-and-ride spaces, and the purchase of eight diesel multiple unit (DMU) vehicles. In the opening year, service would be provided every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 90 minutes during off-peak periods.

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The T anticipates entry into the Engineering phase in early 2015, receipt of a Full Funding Grant Agreement in January 2016, and start of revenue service in September 2018.
FTA’s Annual Report on Funding Recommendations for the FY2016 Capital Investment Grant Program, including links to individual project profiles, is available on FTA’s website.