Joseph Shacter, Illinois Department of Transportation

Report
The State of Rail in Illinois
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
April 12, 2014
Topics
• Chicago-St. Louis progress report
– Chicago-St. Louis
– Joliet Station
– Chicago-Rockford
– Chicago-Moline
• Locomotive and Railcar Procurement
• Other Studies
• 220 report
• CREATE Update
• Q&A
Midwest Regional Rail Initiative
The First Corridor: Chicago-St. Louis
• $1.3 billion in federal
grants
• More than $400 million
in state matching funds
• Overall trip time
reduction to 4h 25
minutes by end of 2017
• Corridor to be equipped
with new locomotives
and railcars beginning
in 2016
Chicago-St. Louis Work Update
• Class VI rail and concrete ties
installed between just south of
Joliet to south of Alton
• Dwight-Pontiac 15-mile segment
now operating at 110 mph
• 110 territory to expand in two
phases: End of ’15 and end of ‘17
(30-minute travel time reductions
corresponding with each
completion date)
• Work in 2014-17 to concentrate on:
– 13 new sidings to add capacity
– Installation of positive train control
– Improvements at more than 200
grade crossings
Joliet Station Project
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$50 million project funded by Illinois,
City of Joliet, and BNSF
Will move Metra Rock Island Joliet
stop to east of intersections with UP
and BNSF
New parking lot completed
New Rock Island platform now in
construction
Amtrak and Metra Heritage Corridor
trains to be served by center platform
New station building to be adjacent
to new Rock Island platform
Passengers no longer will need to
cross live tracks to board
Existing historic station building will
be maintained as event space
Completion slated for late 2015
Bringing Passenger Trains Back
• Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque
– Protracted negotiations with CN
Railway led state to decision to
move to “northern” route on UP
– Initial 59 mph, 1 daily round-trip
service to begin by end of ‘15
– Service to be upgraded in ‘16
– State will continue to pursue
completing route from Rockford to
Dubuque on CN
– $223 million for Chicago-Rockford
to be funded entirely by state
• Chicago-Moline
– Construction on BNSF segment
between Chicago and Wyanet to
be completed in 2014
– State recently increased its
investment from $45 to $78
million, further leveraging $177
million federal grant
– New Moline station now in design;
received Tiger grant
– Segment between Wyanet and
Moline owned by Iowa Interstate
Railroad; negotiations on final
upgrade scope and budget to be
finished in upcoming weeks,
permitting construction to begin
this year
– Route will run on all new
locomotives and railcars
Rolling Stock Update
• Railcars
– Bi-level cars being built
by Nippon-Sharyo
– Now in final design
– Pilot cars coming in
spring‘16
– Monthly deliveries to
start late in ’16
– Goal is to equip as many
corridors as possible in
Midwest with new
equipment
• Locomotives
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IDOT led procurement
Awarded to Siemens
21 locomotives coming
First deliveries in ‘17
Other Studies Underway
• Chicago-St. Louis Tier 2 studies:
– Chicago-Joliet: On Rock Island Corridor
– South of Springfield: UP/NS Flyover
– Granite City-St. Louis: Includes new or rehabilitated
crossing over Missisippi River
– Once complete, these studies will put state in position
to compete for design/construction funding
• Quad Cities-Danville feasibility study
• Additional Chicago-Champaign round-trips
• St. Charles Air Line and second connection at
Grand Crossing (part of CrossRail plan)
If we build it…
• Will they come?
• Consider this:
– In 2007, additional state investment in more daily round-trips—
with no other improvements—led to phenomenal growth over
the last seven years
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Chicago-St. Louis: Up 225%
Chicago-Carbondale: Up 154%
Chicago-Quincy: Up 95%
And Chicago-Milwaukee, with NO CHANGE in schedule, up 42%
– Total ridership on state-supported trains: Up from 948,000 to
more than 1.8 million
• Now imagine ridership gains with much faster travel times,
reliable service, and new equipment
• And of course, we just installed WiFi on ALL Midwest trains
220 MPH Program
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Part of Governor Quinn’s vision for
Illinois
University of Illinois study completed
in 2013
Depending on level of investment,
$23-$50 billion cost
8-15 million annual riders projected
Key hurdle – funding the up-front
capital cost
State strategy
– Complete CHI-STL 110 mph upgrades
– Finish new corridors
– Provide superior service on new
equipment
– Goal is for public’s embrace of improved
train service to lead to demand for
federal and state governments to take
the “next step” toward true HSR
CREATE – Update
CREATE Partners
CREATE Program
• 25 road/rail grade
separations
• 6 passenger/freight rail
grade separations
• 36 railroad projects to
improve rail infrastructure
and upgrade technologies
• Viaduct improvement
program
• Grade crossing safety
enhancements
• Rail operations and
visibility improvements
East-West Freight Rail Gateways
Ranked by Loaded Railcars per year, 2010
1. Chicago
1,343,000 railcars
BNSF, CN, CPRS, CSXT, NS, UP
2. St. Louis
645,000 railcars
BNSF, CSXT, CN,KCS, NS, UP
4. Kansas City
478,000 railcars
BNSF, CPRS, KCS, NS, UP
5. Memphis
243,000 railcars
BNSF, CSXT, CN, NS, UP
3. New Orleans
602,000 railcars
BNSF, CN, CSXT, KCS, NS, UP
Source – U.S. DOT Freight Analysis Framework 3, 2010; includes freight
originating and terminating at gateways – does not include through-freight
Project Status
Completed Projects
20
Under Construction
9
Final Design
6
Environmental Review 13
Remaining Projects
22
TOTAL
70
CREATE Program, Overall Project Status Summary
Revised: 29-Nov-2012
CREATE and 110 MPH Program
Modeling efforts did not
include 110 program, but…
• CREATE “preserves the footprint”
for 110
• Some projects improve existing
AMTRAK service on 110
corridors
• Some projects improve crossing
routes
• Example: CREATE will permit 30
Metra Southwest Service
trains/day to move to LaSalle St
Station, freeing up Union Station
slots for HSIPR usage
Another Example of CREATE Project
Supporting 110 MPH Program
Chicago - Detroit
• P1 – “Englewood Flyover” at right
• Main bridge spans complete
• Bridge will “fly” Metra Rock Island
District commuter rail over NorfolkSouthern main line that also hosts
Amtrak Michigan service
• Also helps Amtrak’s other Eastern
routes
• Construction began in 2012
• Expected substantial completion in
October 2014
Add P1 mockup
RECENTLY COMPLETED
GS7, Belmont Road,
Downers Grove
• Eliminated at-grade
crossing of BNSF tracks
at Belmont Rd. – road
underpass
• Built a tunnel for
pedestrians
Eliminated road/rail
conflict
• Eliminated the at-grade
crossing of the BNSF tracks at
Belmont Road (County Route
2) by constructing an
underpass for motor vehicles.
Metra Commuter Rail
and Amtrak also operate on these
tracks. Belmont Road now
consists of two lanes of traffic
in
either direction, with a tunnel for
pedestrians on the
west side of Belmont
Road
UNDER CONSTRUCTION
GS15a: 130th and
Torrence, Chicago
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Eliminate the at-grade crossings
of the two Norfolk Southern
main tracks with 130th Street
and Torrence Ave.
Existing bridge carrying two
NICTD South Shore Line
commuter rail tracks over NS
tracks and Torrence Ave. re-built
Eliminate conflict between
railroad and access to Ford
Plant
Will eliminate road-rail
conflicts
GS15a: 130th and Torrence, Chicago
GS15a: 130th and Torrence, Chicago
KEEPING CREATE MOVING
CREATE Funding 2012
Single Largest Funding Advancement in CREATE History
• $211 M from Gov. Quinn’s IL Jobs Now Capital Program
• $155 M from the CREATE Partner Railroads
• $10.4 M in Federal TIGER IV funding
• Will design/construct GS6 at 25th Avenue in Bellwood/Maywood
• Upgrade 11 City Viaducts
• Will allow all railway infrastructure components of CREATE’s Belt,
Western Avenue, and East-West Corridors to be completed
 with the exception of the mega-project at 75th St. in Chicago to
reconfigure Belt Junction
Questions?
Joe Shacter – Director of Public and Intermodal
Transportation
[email protected]

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