Proposed Freight Siding Project


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Proposed Freight Siding Project

  1. 1. Capital Metro Board of Directors Hearing August 11, 2010 New Freight Rail Service for Central Texas Rail Terminal LLC
  2. 2. Overview of Presentation <ul><li>Project Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Measures </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>The Common Carrier Obligation </li></ul><ul><li>Status </li></ul>
  3. 3. Project Overview <ul><li>Shift to Freight Rail Service </li></ul><ul><li>Now 45 - 50 truckloads of ethanol per weekday into Flint Hills from San Antonio on IH-35 and US 290 </li></ul><ul><li>Instead 4 - 5 trains per month on Capital Metro’s rail line </li></ul>
  4. 4. Project Overview <ul><li>Rail staging area and single-story employee building to be built off of Decker Lane by Central Texas Rail Terminal, LLC </li></ul>Similar installation in Dallas area
  5. 5. Project Overview
  6. 6. Project Overview
  7. 7. Project Overview <ul><li>What is ethanol? </li></ul><ul><li>Motor fuel component produced from crops like corn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethanol is grain alcohol </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Found in fuel today </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal requirement that gasoline be blended with ethanol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About 70% of all US gasoline contains ethanol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gasoline sold in Austin contains up to 10% ethanol </li></ul></ul>Community Impact News, Feb. 12, 2010
  8. 8. Safety Measures for Freight Transport <ul><li>Freight operations - in compliance with USDOT and FRA regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Packaging and placarding - DOT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>49 CFR 172 – Shipping Papers (placarding) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>49 CFR 174 – Carriage by Rail (inspection, switching) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>49 CFR 179 – Specifications for Tank Cars (construction, qualifications) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Train operation and track - FRA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>49 CFR 213 – Track Safety Standards (ties, rail) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>49 CFR 215 – Freight Car Safety Standards (inspection, repair) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>49 CFR 232 – Brake System Safety Standards (inspection, testing) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Comprehensive Safety Measures <ul><li>Local Emergency Responders - Trained and prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Spill Containment – Contains ethanol accidentally spilled </li></ul><ul><li>Foam Fire Suppression System – Activated for a potential or actual fire </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled Access – Deters accidental /intentional intrusion or vandalism </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Emergency Service Provider - Training exercises planned </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits of Freight Transport by Rail <ul><li>Safer, Reduces Congestion & Wear and Tear on Roads, Better for the Environment, Generates Revenue for Capital Metro </li></ul><ul><li>Project removes 45 to 50 tanker trucks from area highways every weekday </li></ul><ul><li>Moving freight by rail versus truck - almost 10 times safer </li></ul><ul><li>Railroads four times more fuel efficient than trucks </li></ul><ul><li>Moving by rail versus truck reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 75% </li></ul><ul><li>Slows highway wear and tear from truck traffic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If all rail freight went to trucks, it would cost $128 B (AASHTO) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creates new revenue to support public transit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Criticism from Sunset Commission about past freight subsidization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One more step in a continuing effort to improve freight contribution </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Capital Metro’s Common Carrier Obligation <ul><li>Federal obligation and responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>United States Code Title 49 Section 11101(a), </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A rail carrier providing transportation or service subject to the jurisdiction of the [Surface Transportation Board] under this part shall provide the transportation or service on a reasonable request. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capital Metro and contractor Austin Western Railroad must serve the new customer </li></ul>
  12. 12. Status <ul><li>Construction of Central Texas Rail Terminal installation to begin in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Freight service would begin after facility completion </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>