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North Passenger Rail Corridor

CBD Access Study


Gulf Coast Rail District Board Meeting
August 12, 2014
Kimley-Horn Team
J . Sam Lott, PE Project Manager
Zach Teague, PE Deputy Project Manager
TranSystems Rail Engineering
Quadrant Consultants Environmental
Fundamental References
H-GAC Regional Commuter Rail Connectivity Study
2009 Regional Commuter Rail Study
Provides Context for this Project
Houston Intermodal Terminal Access Study
Work Program Modeled after this Previous H-GAC Project
Level of Analysis Detail Increases as Routes Eliminated
RCRCS
Fundamental Tenets
Passenger Rail Considerations:
Long Distance Regional Commuter Rail
FRA compliant trains
ROW and Track Alignment Separate from
Freight Main Track / ROW
Intent is to Not Impede Class One RR Main
Line Operations
Objectives of the Study
Evaluate Numerous Routes to CBD Amtrak
Station from BNSF Houston Subdivision
More Detailed Studies of Selected Routes
Compare Two Most Promising Routes
Cost and Feasibility of the CBD Connection
from the North
Study Area and Objectives
Routing passenger
trains from here
to here.
Scope of Services
Task 1 - Initial Corridor Screening
Process
Task 2 - Higher Level Assessment of
Evaluation Routes
Task 3 - Evaluation of Two Most
Promising Routes
Task 4 - Final Report, Meetings and
Presentations
May-J une
J une-J uly
August-
September
September
We Are Here
N. Pass. Rail CBD Access Study
Advisory Committee Meeting #1 J une 20, 2014
Evaluation of 8 Possible Routes
Selection of 4 Evaluation Routes
Advisory Committee Meeting #2 J uly 25, 2014
Evaluation of 4 Possible Routes
Selection of 2 Most Promising Routes
Advisory Committee Meeting #3 Sept. , 2014
Review of Most Promising Route Studies
North Passenger Rail Corridor CBD Access Study
Tier 1 Initial Corridor Screening
8 Conceptual Routes
Tier 1 Evaluation Criteria
General Alignment Characteristics
Traffic Impacts
Extent of Public Right-of-Way (ROW)
Environmental Impacts
Environmental J ustice Impacts
Degree of Technical Complexity
Total Costs
Environmental Impacts
100 Year Floodplains
Environmental Impacts
Historic Sites, Districts and Cemeteries
Environmental Impacts
Land Use
Environmental Impacts
Median Household Income
8 Conceptual Routes
Corridor
Number
Corridor/Route Route Designation Alignment Option Traffic Impacts
Extent of Public
ROW
Environmental
Impacts
Envronmental
Justice Impacts
Degree of Tech.
Complexity
Total Costs CorridorNumber
1 BNSFHCTRAROWTerminal HardyTollRoad 1
2 BNSFIH45Temrinal I45NorthFrwy 2
3
BNSFMangumRdUPRREurekaSub
Terminal
MangumEureka 3
4 BNSFShepherdDrTerminal ShepherdTerminal 4
5
BNSFMangumRdUPRREurekaSubMKT
ROWShepherdRdTerminal
MangumEurekaMKT 5
6
BNSFMangumRdPostOakRdKaty
Rd/MKTROWMKTROWShepherdRd
Terminal
PostOakMKT
Shepherd
6
7
BNSFMangumRdPostOakRdKaty
Rd/MKTROWTerminal
PostOakMKTTerminal 7
8
BNSFMangumRdPostOakRdIH10
HoustonAveTerminal
PostOakI10KatyFrwy 8
VeryGood Good Adequate Poor VeryPoor
Selection of 4 Evaluation Routes
Route #1 - BNSF Houston Sub / HCTRA Hardy Toll
Road ROW / UP Passenger Main (north end)
Route #2 - BNSF Houston Sub / IH-45 / UP
Passenger Main (west end)
Route #7 - BNSF Houston Sub / Mangum Road /
Post Oak Road / Katy Road-MKT Right-of-way / UP
Terminal Sub/ UP Passenger Main (west end)
Route #8 - BNSF Houston Sub / Mangum Road /
Post Oak Road / IH-10 Freeway / Houston Ave. / UP
Passenger Main (west end)
North Passenger Rail Corridor CBD Access Study
Tier 2 Higher Level Assessment
of Evaluation Routes
Tier 2 Evaluation Criteria
General Alignment Characteristics
Railroad Operations
Traffic Impacts
Extent of Public ROW
Environmental Impacts
Environmental J ustice Impacts
Degree of Technical Complexity
Total Costs
Construction Issues
Freight Rail and Roadway Crossings
Freight Rail Freeway
Comparative Assessment of
Evaluation Routes
GCRD North Passenger Rail Corridor CBD Access Study
Kimley-Horn Team Preliminary Screening -- July 25, 2014
SecondTierRouteEvaluationMatrix
Corridor
Number
Corridor/Route Route Designation Alignment Option
Traffic Impacts &
Grade Separations
Rail Capacity &
Operations
Environmental & EJ
Impacts
ROW Analysis Construction Issues Total Costs CorridorNumber
1
BNSFHCTRAROWTerminal HardyTollRoad
1
2 BNSFIH45Temrinal I45NorthFrwy 2
7
BNSFMangumRdPostOakRdKatyRd/MKT
ROWTerminal
PostOakMKTTerminal
7
8
BNSFMangumRdPostOakRdIH10Houston
AveTerminal
PostOakI10KatyFrwy 8
VeryGood Good Adequate Poor VeryPoor RefertoCommentsRegardingDualEvaluation
Selection of 2 Most Promising Routes
Route #1 - BNSF Houston Sub / HCTRA Hardy Toll
Road ROW / UP Passenger Main (north end)
Route #7 - BNSF Houston Sub / Mangum Road /
Post Oak Road / Katy Road-MKT Right-of-way / UP
Terminal Sub/ UP Passenger Main (west end)
North Passenger Rail Corridor CBD Access Study
Tier 3 Highest Level
Assessment of Most
Promising Routes
Work in Progress on
Routes #1 and #7
Conceptual Engineering Studies
General Vertical/Horizontal Alignments
Capital Cost Development
Localized Study Areas
Four specific LSAs
Plan and Profile Alignments Advanced to 10% design
Environmental & Traffic Impact Assessments
Preparations for Meetings
GCRD Planning Committee
Advisory Committee Mtg. #3
North Passenger Rail Corridor
CBD Access Study
Gulf Coast Rail District Board Meeting
August 12, 2014
RCRCS