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Memorandum
Date:
Thursday, June 28, 2012
To:
The Honorable Members of Dallas City Council
Subject:
Trinity Parkway and Pegasus Project-TX DOT responsesLast month, given there were some data inconsistencies regarding transportation projections that a fewcity council members were quoting, I posed a list of questions to
TX
DOT relating to the Trinity Parkwayand the Pegasus Project. We needed the correct data to answer a key question for Dallas citizens:"Should the City of Dallas focus its efforts
on
building elements of the Pegasus Project rather than theTrinity Parkway because of better increased capacity
in
a more cost efficient manner?" I asked
TXDOT
these questions because it
is
the agency responsible for the state's transportation system, andgiven it was the agency's data people were quoting, it's important we had the correct information andmake sure they clarified any miscommunication or misunderstanding.Attached
is
TX DOT's answer to those questions. Its management endorsed this information and hasprovided me all the materials at their disposal.An important note: I asked them to only verify existing data and not to develop any new information onany ideas that had not already been considered.
Key Facts:
*Trinity Parkway completed separately would allow new capacity for 132,000 vehicles per day and costatotal $1.47 Billion ($167M per mile).*Pegasus Project completed separately would allow new capacity for 93,300 vehicles and cost a total$1.2 Billion ($184M per mile) not including any cost for reliever roads that have not been estimated.(NOTE: the Horseshoe portion of the Pegasus Project
is
already underway and
is
a separate cost.)I wanted to make sure I read this information correctly and double checked on the Pegasuscapacity.
Inan
email from Bill Hale of TX DOT,
he
wrote:"Mayor Rawlings: This
is
to advise that the maximum added capacity for the Pegasus
is
93,300vehicles per day. That
is
with or without the Trinity Parkway built."
Key Insights:
1.
We need both the Trinity Parkway and the Pegasus Project if we are going to meet the goal wehave established of relieving downtown traffic congestion by increasing capacity to 250,000 vehiclesper day.
2.
The Trinity Parkway
is
a more cost effective project compared to the Pegasus Project.
It
increases capacity more than Pegasus and
at
a lower cost per mile.
 
3.
While neither project
is
funded yet, the Trinity Parkway
is
more feasible because it
is
more likelyto receive funding, given the fact that the Trinity Parkway would
be
a tolled roadway and Pegasuswould not.
Summary
In
short, my answer to the question that has been raised "Is Pegasus 'better' in the short term than theParkway?"
is
simply,
no.
We already believe the levees are safe and will support a Parkway.
We
are moving quickly
on
trails,lakes and other amenities.
We
now are sure that the Parkway is the most cost efficient option
as
well. Now that
TX
DOT has been tremendously clear
on
the capacity issue I believe it
is
obvious whatmust
be
done. We must move
in
haste to build our Trinity Parkway.Thank you to the agency's leadership and to all individuals working
on
this project for taking thesequestions very seriously and completing the work
in
a timely matter. Also I want to thank the supportersof the Trinity Project and my colleagues on council who have been patient while I participated
in
this critical exercise to gain clarity around these important questions; I appreciate their patience andunderstanding.Now we can move ahead with certainty on how we are going to address the important traffic issues weface.
cc:
Mary Suhm, City Manager
 
~*
I
Texas
Department
of
Transportation
P.O.
BOX
133067·
DALLAS. TEXAS
75313-3067' (214) 320-6100
The Honorable Mike RawlingsMayorCity of Dallas1500 Marilla StreetDallas, Texas
75201
Dear Mayor Rawlings:June 20, 2012Attached
is
the technical information regarding the Trinity Parkway and Project Pegasusthat you requested
on
May 28, 2012. Included
is (1)
the Matrix with pertinent dataprovided
in
a side-by-side format,
(2)
three maps depicting the information from theMatrix, and
(3)an
appendix with the engineer's report and a CD-ROM containing thedocuments used for the matrix. Please note the scope of this effort did not include newtraffic modeling; all information came from existing studies.The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has collaborated with the NorthTexas Tollway Authority
(NITA)
and North Central Texas Council of Governments(NCTCOG)
in
developing this response. We trust this
is
helpful.Thank you for contacting the Dallas District on this matter and please do not hesitate tocall me if you have any questions or comments.Attachments
;J:i.-/!4i
William
L.
Hale, P.E.Dallas District Engineer
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