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  • 1. FRA/Amtrak High-Speed Rail Planning Workshop Status of Planning for the Gulf Coast High-Speed Rail Corridor Houston, TX May 29, 2009
  • 2. The Southern High-Speed Rail Commission Created in 1982 to study the feasibility of rapid rail service between states in the Deep South Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama Adjacent states can join by Legislative Act
  • 3. SHSRC Accomplishments Mobile - New Orleans for the 1984 for the World’s Fair Sunset Limited extended Birmingham to Mobile (Gulf Breeze) Gulf Coast Limited (1996) Federally-designated Gulf Coast High-Speed Rail Corridor (1998) Eligible for HSR funding
  • 4. Federally-designated HSR Corridors
  • 5. Gulf Coast HSR Corridor The Gulf Coast HSR Corridor consists of three distinct segments: Houston to New Orleans…………….362 miles Atlanta to New Orleans…………...…518 miles Mobile to New Orleans.…………......145 miles Total……………............1,025 miles
  • 6. Gulf Coast HSR Corridor
  • 7. Previous SHSRC Planning Projects Segments that have been planned: New Orleans to Mobile…………….145 miles Lake Charles to New Orleans……....220 miles New Orleans to Meridian…… …….202 miles Total….…………………..567miles Segments that require planning: Lake Charles to Texas state line…….35 miles Meridian to Atlanta………………....316 miles Total…………....………....351 miles
  • 8. Planned and Unplanned Segments of the Corridor
  • 9. Ongoing SHSRC Planning Projects BR – NO IPR Feasibility Analysis Ridership Transit Oriented Development Initial Community Contacts Conceptual Engineering Economic Impact Analysis Business/Financial Plan
  • 10. Baton Rouge to New Orleans HSR Intercity Passenger Service
  • 11. Future Projects: Louisiana BR – NO Intercity Passenger Rail FRA Corridor Development Plan Environmental clearances Host Railroad and Operating agreements ARRA application (Track 2 Corridor Programs)
  • 12. Future Projects: Mississippi Amtrak reviewing service resumption of the Sunset Limited in CSX corridor Tri-State Corridor Project
  • 13. Future Projects: Alabama ADECA is new coordinating state agency Amtrak reviewing service resumption of the Sunset Limited in CSX corridor Meridian – Atlanta (316 miles) Alternate Route Analysis (Birmingham – Atlanta, 164 mi) Corridor Development Plan (Meridian – Atlanta) Environmental Clearances Financing and implementation ARRA Application (Track 3 Planning Funds)
  • 14. Partners: BR – NO Intercity HSR Passenger Service LADOTD Host Railroads (KCS, CN) Amtrak/NOUPT FRA MPOs, Cities and parishes in the corridor: Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Laplace, Kenner (NOIA), New Orleans
  • 15. Partners: Gulf Coast HSR Corridor Current – LADOTD, MDOT, ALDOT, ADECA Future – TXDOT, GDOT Host railroads (BNSF, CN, CSX, KCS, NOPB, NS, UP) Amtrak FRA MPOs, cities, counties/parishes (Houston, Beaumont, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Slidell, Picayune, Hattiesburg, Laurel, Meridian, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston, Atlanta, Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula, Mobile)
  • 16. Corridor Priorities Implement BR – NO HSR Intercity Service Existing equipment Implement Corridor Development in Logical Sequences, depending on funding: BR – Houston NO – Atlanta NO - Mobile