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Passenger Trains For South Hampton Roads Norfolk Southern 7 17 09
 

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by Deborah Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning and Chief Information Officer for Norfolk Southern Corp

by Deborah Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning and Chief Information Officer for Norfolk Southern Corp

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    Passenger Trains For South Hampton Roads Norfolk Southern 7 17 09 Passenger Trains For South Hampton Roads Norfolk Southern 7 17 09 Presentation Transcript

    • Passenger Trains for  South Hampton Roads Hampton Roads Partnership Norfolk, VA  Norfolk, VA July 17, 2009 Deborah Butler Executive Vice President – Planning & CIO Norfolk Southern Corporation
    • Outline Background and Recent Developments Norfolk Southern s Route and Role Norfolk Southern’s Route and Role What Needs to be Done Next Steps N t St
    • Background 2002 – High Speed Rail Feasibility Study 2004 – Richmond/Hampton Roads Passenger Rail  Study (Alternatives Analysis‐Scoping Report) Study (Alternatives Analysis‐Scoping Report) 2008 – Hampton Roads MPO Regional Travel  Delay Study
    • Recent Developments American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) High  Speed Rail Program  $8 billion now $5 billion later? Administered by US DOT Intense Competition for Funds Virginia ‐ $2 billion+ North Carolina ‐ $4 billion+ 40 states (plus D.C.) have requested $102 billion 40 states (pl s D C ) ha e req ested $102 billion
    • Passenger Trains on NS’s Route Main Freight Route to Hampton  Roads Coal conduit Keeps trailers and containers off the  roads Where Heartland Corridor Begins Will complete in 2010 Will complete in 2010 Vital to competitiveness of the Port
    • Doublestack Routes From Hampton Roads Current Doublestack Routes Heartland Corridor Route
    • Cowan Tunnel ‐ Before
    • Cowan Tunnel ‐ During
    • Cowan Tunnel ‐ After
    • Passenger Trains on NS’s Route Can Be Upgraded to Handle Passenger Trains Eastbound NS train passing Amtrak “Lake Shore” k“ k h ” and light rail train at Amtrak station,  Cleveland, Ohio ,
    • Intercity Rail Passenger Routes – Norfolk‐Richmond Existing Amtrak Service                           Possible Alternative                   Richmond Staples Mill Richmond Main Street Petersburg Newport News Norfolk Norfolk Southern                CSXT Trackage                     CSXT Peninsula Route                  Bus
    • What Needs to be Done Upgrade NS’s Norfolk‐Petersburg Route For conventional higher speed (79 mph) trains, not high speed rail Add new capacity for passenger trains p y p g Build Stations and Acquire Equipment Upgrade CSXT’s Richmond‐Petersburg Route Part of Washington‐Charlotte High Speed Corridor P t f W hi t Ch l tt Hi h S d C id Virginia asking $150 million+ for initial work Secure Funding For upgrading infrastructure (generally federal) For ongoing operating costs (generally state)
    • Norfolk Southern’s Role Provide Route Operate Passenger Trains? Operate Passenger Trains? Cooperate and Advocate… …But Not Be a Source of Funds B tN tB S fF d
    • Next Steps NS is Identifying Improvements Needed to Host  Passenger Trains  RTC Study RTC Study Spotlights choke points Helps determine additional infrastructure needed Design and cost of improvements to avoid delay  DRPT Completing Federal DEIS in Next 45‐60 Days Public comments Public comments Route recommendations Goal: Funds from ARRA Round 2  Mid 2010 Goal: Funds from ARRA Round 2 – Mid‐2010
    • Diagram of Typical RTC Model Red Lines Suggest Locations Where Additional Infrastructure is Needed
    • Next Steps NS is Identifying Improvements Needed to Host  Passenger Trains  RTC Study RTC Study Spotlights choke points Helps determine additional infrastructure needed Design and cost of improvements to avoid delay  DRPT Completing Federal DEIS in Next 45‐60 Days Public comments Public comments Route recommendations Goal: Funds from ARRA Round 2  Mid 2010 Goal: Funds from ARRA Round 2 – Mid‐2010
    • Thank You Questions?