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Monterey Branch Line Association of Environmental Professionals and American Planning Association July 28, 2010 Monterey Peninsula: Why do we need rapid transit? Two-lane highways Congestion; Buses also stuck Highway widening opportunities limited More future growth along the corridor Green alternative •Goal: Reestablish rail/rapid bus service on Monterey Branch Line •Purchased from Union Pacific in 2003 •Many alternatives studied since purchase Light Rail Benefits High Capacity Vehicles 100 passengers Ability to add train cars Quiet Low Emissions Safe Supports Transit Oriented Development Carries: wheelchairs Bicycles MST Operates Initial Phase • Every 15 to 30 Minutes • Transfer to Salinas Characteristics: Custom House Plaza Capital Cost: $145.0M - Marina Green Operating Cost: $4.2M 10.15 miles fixed guideway Boardings (Daily): 3,725 Peak: 15 minutes Off-peak: 30 minutes 6 vehicles 11 stations Monterey Branch Line: Transit-Oriented Development Reservation - Downtown Dunes at Monterey Bay 8th St. Art District CSUMB Seaside Broadway Urban Village Environmental Review Environmental Documents State Federal Noise/Vibration Safety Crime Sea Level Rise Conceptual Engineering Station Development Off-site Traffic Access Improvements Federal Transit Administration Small Starts Report Preparation Funding Capital $ 145 M Secured $ 25.0 M Spent $ 12.4 M Unsecured $120.0 M Federal Small Starts State Public Transportation Account Impact fees Operations $ 4.2 M /year Fares $ 1.1 M Lease Revenues $ 3.1 M Short-Term Activities Alternatives Analysis Selection of Preferred Alternative – Oct. 2009 Public Outreach Visual Simulation Public Hearings Draft Environmental Document – Dec. 2010 Final Environmental Document – July 2011 Monterey Branch Line: Timeline Monterey to Marina Environmental Documents 2009-11 Engineering & Design 2011-12 Construction 2013-14 Start of Service 2015 Questions?
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