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  • 1. New Freight Rail Customer Opportunity Capital Metro Board Rail Committee June 14, 2010
  • 2. Capital Metro Freight Obligations Federal “Common Carrier” Obligations (administered by the Surface Transportation Board) require Capital Metro to provide freight services to: – Entities currently in existence on the rail line – New entities that purchase/develop facilities on the rail line Freight operations must be in compliance with Department of Transportation and FRA regulations – Packaging and placarding in accordance with DOT – Train operation and track in accordance with FRA
  • 3. New Freight Rail Customer Opportunity Ethanol Distribution Facility near Decker Lane – Ethanol Distribution Facility is proposed to be developed in Austin – Volume = 400-500 train cars per month – Expectation is this demand will more than double by 2020 Capital Metro Obligations – Agency and it’s common carrier contractor (Watco) would be obligated to serve the new customer – Track infrastructure improvements (~$350,000 - $1.5 mm) required – Funding alternatives are being evaluated Capital Metro Benefits – Estimate CMTA will net approximately $250,000 per year
  • 4. Community Implications Community Advantages – Removes 35 – 40 Daily Tanker trucks from Highways – Helps community improve air quality standards – Creates new jobs Community Concerns – Will add to train traffic in this area – Travis County has expressed concern about the shipment of this product Other Considerations – Federal mandates on ethanol blending requirements may change over time – Consider alternative route via McNeil and Austin Junction
  • 5. Project Timing Current Target for implementation – Optimistic: September 15, 2010 – More likely: February 2011 Facility Construction – Six months to begin initial operation (12 month total build out) – Includes track infrastructure improvements
  • 6. Freight Rail Operations: Decker Transload Station e an rLe ck De Pro pos ed Fac ility L oca tion Flint Hills Resources has fuel storage tanks to convert to ethanol storage Decker Lane Siding is 15 track miles West of Elgin Interlocker
  • 7. Freight Rail Operations: Decker Transload Station Decker Lane Siding is 15 track miles West of Elgin Interlocker Flint Hills Resources (around bend) currently has fuel storage tanks to convert to ethanol storage Decker Lane
  • 8. Freight Rail Operations: Similar Facility in Arlington Direct Fuel West Arlington, Texas
  • 9. Freight Rail Operations: Similar Facility in Arlington Direct Fuel West Arlington, Texas
  • 10. Freight Rail Operations: Similar Facility in Arlington Direct Fuel West Arlington, Texas
  • 11. Freight Rail Operations: Similar Facility in Arlington Direct Fuel West Arlington, Texas
  • 12. Questions ?