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  1. 1. Partnerships for Corridors and High Speed Service Stephen Gardner Vice President, Policy and Development Amtrak
  2. 2. The first slide of a new era! 80,000 Hiawatha service 450 70,000 400 Retail gasoline price (in • 2008 was an amazing year for Amtrak Monthly Ridership 60,000 350 300 50,000 cents) 250 40,000 200 30,000 150 – Record ridership and revenue 20,000 100 10,000 50 0 0 – An unmistakable demonstration of our relevance Jan-02 Jan-03 Jan-04 Jan-05 Jan-06 Jan-07 Jan-08 Month in the age of congestion and rising fuel prices Trips by Aircraft and Train 100% 80% • Widespread public acknowledgment that 60% 40% Air Rail improved intercity passenger rail service can 56% 50% 50% 51% 55% 56% 63% 20% 37% 45% help address many major national challenges: 0% 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Fiscal Year/Quarter – Congested airports and highways New York-DC Air-Rail Share Passenger Travel and Energy Use – Rising fuel costs and energy independence 4000 BTUs per Passenger M ile 3500 3000 – Climate change and environmental concerns 2500 2000 3512 3261 1500 2650 1000 500 0 This is our moment – and we know what we need to do Auto Amtrak Air Mode of travel Source: DOE 2008 Transportation Energy Data Book 1
  3. 3. New rail policy framework The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) –Clear vision for Amtrak and intercity passenger rail within the national transportation scheme –Establishes a new partnership between Federal government, states, Amtrak, and the freight railroads: States strategically plan rail service US DOT integrates this state planning into a national system Amtrak helps design and operate services, often over freight railroad hosts 2
  4. 4. ARRA – high-speed rail and intercity rail investment • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds the PRIIA vision Requires enduring state commitment - operating and capital funding Demands results Acknowledges different stages of development and recognizes infrastructure and state budget limitations • Amtrak has many roles – Grant recipient/partner Can lead or partner with states for funding Can help bridge multiple state projects – Service planner – Liaison between other partners – Service provider (an umbrella term that covers a lot of responsibilities) 3
  5. 5. What Amtrak brings to the table Wilmington shops 1. Expertise, knowledge, and capacity – Leaders in planning and forecasting – Unparalleled employee base – Expert train, infrastructure, and rolling stock operations, engineering, and maintenance – Unmatched commitment to safety – Marketing capacity – Existing labor agreements – Honest broker between States, commuters, freight hosts Los Angeles UPT 4
  6. 6. What Amtrak brings to the table… continued 2. Network of interconnected and complementary routes in 46 states – 310 daily trains – Served 515 stations in 2008 3. Statutory access to host railroads and agreements with all major carriers 4. Existing liability protection for state-supported services 5. National maintenance and operations infrastructure – Repair and overhaul facilities – Reservation and ticketing system – Stations and terminals – Fleet The Amtrak System 5
  7. 7. Successful collaborations – a glance at some results • Pacific Northwest – Partnership with Amtrak, WA and OR,International and 2 freight railroads, BNSF and UPRR – 7Th most heavily traveled corridor,14.4% ridership increase in FY08 (774,421) highest ridership since inception of state supported service in 1994. • California – More than 60 daily corridor trains on three routes, Up from 8 trains in 1974 – These corridor services generate almost a fifth of Amtrak’s annual ridership • Michigan – Amtrak’s ITCS train control system has allowed maximum speeds on Michigan Line to reach 95 mph – Acceleration to 110 mph planned 6
  8. 8. Positioning Amtrak for new and stronger partnerships • State partnerships are Amtrak’s future –We have new leadership and partnerships are the priority –CEO Joe Boardman is reaching out directly to states and freights to form new partnership –Policy & Development and Government Affairs Departments will be your contacts Western Central Eastern Don Saunders (AVP, Mike Franke (AVP, Drew Galloway (AVP, State and Commuter State and Commuter State and Commuter Partnerships West) Partnerships Central) Partnerships East) Jonathan Hutchison Derrick James (Sr. Ofcr, Ray Lang (Sr. Dir, Gov’t Affairs (Dir, Gov’t Affairs - West) Gov’t Affairs - Midwest) - Northeast) Todd Stennis (Dir, Gov’t Todd Stennis (Dir, Gov’t Affairs - South) Affairs - Southeast) 7
  9. 9. Our process for the ARRA HSR program • Amtrak’s objective is to be the operator of the national high speed rail network • Ongoing ARRA outreach and project development effort –Outreach Letters –Identifying key projects within Amtrak system • Amtrak is looking to partner with states on projects that: –Meet ARRA requirements and criteria –Are mutually beneficial –Provide new growth opportunities –Have a high likelihood of success (operating funding, agreements in place, long-term commitments, executable) 8
  10. 10. A looming challenge - equipment • Insufficient current coach and locomotive fleet and supplier base to support new services • Amtrak is: – Investing $92 million of $1.3 billion in ARRA Amtrak funds into our existing fleet to bring stored rolling stock back to service – Leading the PRIIA-required “Next Generation Corridor Train Equipment Pool” Committee – Considering the need to procure an “interim fleet” derived from available designs in the next 2-3 years that will provide much-needed rolling stock – Beginning planning with the FRA and states for a new generation of compliant high-speed equipment that can operate in corridors across the system 9
  11. 11. Summary • Amtrak is the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator. We are dedicated to partnering with you to develop and improve the national system • PRRIA and ARRA create tremendous opportunities, but pose real challenges – there’s a lot on the table and it will take unprecedented cooperation and effort to seize it • We want to be an essential part of your intercity rail development plans and stand ready to work together with all parties to ensure success Failure is not an option! 10