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Transportation leadership you can trust. FTA Section 5309 New Starts Program Evaluation Process presented by Laurie Hussey and Tom Rossi Cambridge Systematics, Inc. November 17, 2006
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“Any fixed guide-way system which utilizes and occupies a separate right-of-way, or rail line, for the exclusive use of mass transportation and other high occupancy vehicles, or uses a fixed catenary system and a right-of-way usable by other forms of transportation” What is a “New Start”? Rapid rail Light rail Commuter rail Automated guide-way transit People movers Exclusive facilities for buses (such as bus rapid transit) or other HOVs
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2 New Starts Process Overview Major Development Stage Decision Point Systems Planning Identification of Regional Travel Patterns and Priority Transportation Problems Alternatives Analysis Analysis of Costs, Benefits, and Impacts of Alternative Solution Strategies Preliminary Engineering Complete NEPA Process Refinement of Financial Plan Final Design Commitment of Non-Federal Funding, Construction Plans, ROW Acquisition, Before-After Data Collection Plan, FTA Evaluation for FFGA, Begin Negotiations Construction Select LPA, MPO Action, Develop Criteria, PMP FTA Decision on Entry into PE FTA Decision on Entry into Final Design Full Funding Grant Agreement Project Management Oversight
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3 FTA New Starts Policy Discretionary Federal program New Starts caseload Criteria needed for FTA recommendations to Congress Small and Very Small Starts projects defined under SAFETEA-LU exempted
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4 Evolution of FTA’s New Starts Policy 1976 – Alternatives analysis Projects must be “cost effectiveness” TSM alternative 1978 – Policy toward rail transit Local financial commitment Full funding grant agreement 1980 – Link toward EIS requirements 1984 – Policy on major investments Ratings and cost per new rider criteria 1987 – Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act Statutory criteria – cost effectiveness and financial Section 3(j) Report to Congress
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5 Evolution of FTA’s New Starts Policy (continued) 1991 – Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) Revised justification criteria Additional considerations Leveled playing field for transit investments 1993 – FTA/FHWA planning regulations Major Investment Study requirement 1994 – Executive order 12893 on infrastructure investment Government-wide standards for investments based on costs and benefits 1994 – Policy discussion draft 1996 – Revised New Starts policy Multiple measure approach for justification TSM as base
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6 Evolution of FTA’s New Starts Policy (continued) 1998 – Transportation Equity Act for the 21 st Century (TEA-21) Eliminated MIS requirement Requirement for overall New Starts rating Publication of regulations on New Starts evaluation process 2000 – Major transit capital investment projects final rule New measure of cost effectiveness – user benefits Baseline alternative (no longer TSM)
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