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Red Rock Corridor Transitway

Red Rock Corridor Transitway

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Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation
Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation

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 Attachment A For Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation I. Project Basics
: Washington County 2)
Project title
: Red Rock Corridor Transitway 3)
Project priority number 
: 3 4)
Project location
: Hennepin, Dakota, Washington and Ramsey Counties, Cities of Minneapolis, St Paul, Newport, Cottage Grove, St Paul Park, Hastings, and Denmark Township 5)
Ownership and Operation
: Who will own the facility: __Metropolitan Council__________________ Who will operate the facility: ___Metro Transit____________________ Names of any private entities that will occupy/use any portion of the building: 6)
Project contact person
: Andy Gitzlaff, 651-430-4338, andy.gitzlaff@co.washington.mn.us 
II. Project Description
Description and Rationale:
 This request is for $1 million in state bond funding for engineering, environmental analysis and preparation of an application to seek federal transit administration funds for the Red Rock Corridor transitway located within the Cities of Minneapolis, St Paul, Newport, St Paul Park, Cottage Grove and Hastings within Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington and Dakota Counties. The Red Rock Corridor transitway would run within these communities for approximately 30 miles. The Corridor has regional, statewide, and national significance as a primary transportation route for automobile, truck, and rail travel. It also includes Trunk Highway (TH) 61, a principal arterial and part of the National Highway and National Scenic Byway systems. The Metropolitan Council projections for 2030 show the entire length of Highway 61 in the study area as a congested corridor. With the projected traffic growth and no planned improvements, all key locations on Highway 61, including ramps and intersections, are forecast to operate at Level of Service (LOS) F during both peak periods in year 2030. The existing bus service is equally affected by congestion on Highway 61 and I-94. No transit alternative is currently available from Hastings to downtown St. Paul or downtown Minneapolis.  As population and employment increase, demand for transportation also increases. Because of job growth in Minneapolis and St. Paul, increased mobility and greater access to employment is needed for both downtowns. The project would also provide system connectivity to increase transit destinations for persons using existing and planned transit systems in the Twin Cities area.
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 An Alternatives Analysis (AA) study was completed in 2007 that recommended expanding bus service, increasing bus frequency and providing additional park and ride facilities, are the first steps toward building a stronger transit base in the Corridor. A commuter rail line was identified as the long-term transit option. The study is now undergoing an update and a bus rapid transit (BRT) option is also being looked at as a viable alternative. The study will conclude by the end of 2013 providing a clearer picture of the transitway concept that best meets the established public purpose for the investment. 8)
Square Footage
: The project includes the construction of a Commuter Rail or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) transitway within a fixed guideway along with station structures and other support facilties and infrastructure. The total square footage under public ownership, or permanent easement in the case of commuter rail, will be determined during the engineering phase of the project.
III. Project Financing
Do the project cost estimates below include inflation (see question 10 below)? X Yes No
Sources of Funds
Dollars in Thousands Prior Years For 2014 For 2016 For 2018
Total State GO Bonds Requested
$1000 $1,200 $6000 $8,200
Funds Already Committed
 State Funds $500 $500 City Funds County Funds (Washington, Hennepin, Dakota, Ramsey) $320 $320 Other Local Government Funds (CTIB) $107 $107 Federal Funds $1770 $1770 Non-Governmental Funds
Pending Contributions
 City Funds County Funds (Ramsey, Washington, Dakota and Hennepin) $1200 $6000 $7200 Other Local Government Funds (CTIB) $1000 $3600 $18000 $22600 Federal Funds $30000 $30000 Non-Governmental Funds l
$2697 $2000 $6000 $60000 $70697
Uses of Funds
Dollars in Thousands Prior Years For 2014 For 2016 For 2018
 AA / Feasibility $2697 $2697 Land Acquisition Predesign
(required for projects over $1.5 M)
(including construction administration)
 $2000 $6000 $8000 Project Management Construction $60000 $60000
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Uses of Funds
Dollars in Thousands Prior Years For 2014 For 2016 For 2018
Furniture/Fixtures/Equipment Relocation (not bond-eligible)
$2697 $2000 $6000 $60000 $70697
* Totals must be the same .
IV. Other Project Information
Project schedule
 Identify the date (month/year) when construction crews are expected to first arrive on site, and the date (month/year) when construction will be completed with a certificate of occupancy.  Anticipated Start Date: __April 2019___________  Anticipated Occupancy date: __April 2022 (start of revenue service)_________ 11)
For projects with a total construction cost of $1.5 million or more: Has a project predesign been completed? Yes X No If so, has the predesign been submitted to the Commissioner of Administration? Yes X No 12)
State operating subsidies
 The gateway corridor transitway will be incorporated into the metropolitan transit system operated by Metro Transit once completed. The operation costs would be split 50/50 between the Metropolitan Council and the Counties Transit Improvement Board. This is consistent with the regional model and statutory requirements for the other transitways in the region in operation. The anticipated first year of operating subsidy is 2022. The total costs of the subsidy have not been determined 13)
Sustainable building guidelines
 Transportation Project, Not Applicable 14)
Sustainable building designs
 Transportation Project, Not Applicable 15)
Resolution of support and priority designation
 Has the governing body of the applicant passed a resolution of support (which indicates the project’s priority number if the applicant is submitting multiple requests)? X Yes No If so, please attach the
 resolution. If not, please indicate when the resolution will be coming (and forward the resolution to MMB when available):
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