Technical Assessment of Operating Passenger Rail on the Interurban Corridor

Presentation to Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority

Study team: Dennis Letourneau
20 years experience:
CPR VIA CN CANAC Inc. DRL Solutions Inc.

Passenger/Commuter/light rail clients:
Montreal – STCUM, CTCUM Toronto – GO TRANSIT Calgary – Van Horne Institute – High Speed Rail Vancouver - GVTA USA – METRA, METROLINK, VRE, AMTRAK Australia – CITYRAIL Malaysia/Singapore – KTMB Indonesia - PERUMKA

Study team: Bill Otter
41 years experience:
C&NW Otter Transportation Consulting Inc.

Key experience:
Division Manager, C&NW Chicago Commuter Rail Service (for METRA) Feasibility Study – METRA MILW West Line commuter rail extension Operating Plans:
Sprinter DMU Light Rail Project – California Los Angeles Union Station for METROLINK & AMTRAK Bus Rapid Transit for I-405 HOV lane proposal – CALTRANS Space Coast MAGLEV Emergency Response Plan – Tri-County Commuter Rail Service – Florida

New freight rail service startups:
Minnesota, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil

Study Objectives: Determine the technical elements and the construction costs that would be involved in developing passenger rail service between the Scott Road SkyTrain station and a terminal in Langley City. Our Scope: Inventory the existing Interurban Rail Corridor Describe transit mode alternatives including stations, frequencies and capacities for each mode Identify technical and constructability issues Prepare an alternative analysis by mode including a Rough Order of Magnitude cost estimate for each mode Not Included in Our Scope: Engineering, design or project management cost estimates Property acquisition cost estimates (including relocation costs) Operations and maintenance cost estimates Conduct of a ridership survey

The Interurban Corridor:

SCOTT ROAD SKYTRAIN STATION

LANGLEY PRATT JCT.

SRY BNSF CPR

Inventory of the Interurban Corridor: Description of the existing railroad lines SRY: Surrey Line-Interurban Corridor (4) CPR: Page Subdivision to Roberts Bank-CP, CN, SRY (20) BNSF: New Westminster Bridge-Mud Bay Jct. (10-14) Identification and evaluation of each grade crossing Public-32 Private-11 Pedestrian-5 Identification and evaluation of each industrial track Active-34 Inactive, but still in service-19 Out of service-14 Photographic inventory of the Interurban Corridor Photo for each rail/highway grade crossing

INDUSTRY TRACKS ON SRY FROM MP 4.94 TO MP 14.35 (PRATT JCT.)
NORDEL WAY / SRY 4.94 80TH AVE. / SRY 6.80

ACTIVE TRACK INACTIVE TRACK TRACK OUT OF SERVICE

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TO CHILLIWACK VW410 PRATT JCT. / SRY 14.35 / CPR 23.88 VW430

TO FRASER RIVER BRIDGE

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INDUSTRY TRACKS ON CPR FROM MP 23.88 (PRATT JCT.) TO MP 19.08 PAGE SUBDIVISION
56TH AVE. CPR 21.98 / SRY 16.25

ACTIVE TRACK INACTIVE TRACK
CP

PRATT JCT. CPR 23.88 / SRY 14.35

192ND ST. CPR 22.62 / SRY 15.61

200ND ST. CPR 21.10 / SRY 17.13

VE740 VE700 VE780 VE800

VE760

LANGLEY BYPASS. CPR 20.13 / SRY 18.10

WORRELL RD. CPR 19.08 / SRY 19.15

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TRACK OUT OF SERVICE
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VE340 VE300

VE360 VE380

VE660 VE620 VE440 VE480

VE680

TO CHILLIWACK VE460 VE520 VE540 VE560 VE580 VE600

TO CHILLIWACK VE920 VE880 VE900 VE940 VE970

Passenger Rail Mode Alternatives: Heavy rail diesel push-pull commuter (WCE) Heavy rail diesel multiple unit DMU (Budd car, Colorado Rail Car, etc) Light rail transit DMU (Ottawa)* Light rail transit EMU (Calgary)* *Light rail alternative route into Langley City: Separate right of way from Pratt Jct. to Langley City Avoids CP’s busy Page Subdivision to Roberts Bank Avoids conflicts between heavy and light rail modes More stations in Langley City-reduced need for parking Street running with noise, traffic and property issues

Potential Station Locations:

Potential Station Locations:

Assumptions by Passenger Rail Mode:
Mode Assumptions Rolling Stock Requirements Heavy Rail Diesel Push-Pull Heavy Rail DMU Light Rail DMU Light Rail EMU

Locos-5 Cab Cars-8 Coaches-8 Scenario A 9 Stations 30 minutes 60 minutes 40 minutes 25.2 mph / 40.5 kph 16.83 miles / 27.08km

Single-end Colorado DMU Cabs-14 Scenario A 9 Stations 30 minutes 60 minutes 40 minutes 25.2 mph / 40.5 kph 16.83 miles / 27.08 km

Single-end articulated DMUs-32 Scenario B 16 Stations 15 minutes 15 minutes 42 minutes 23.3 mph / 37.5 kph 16.30 miles / 26.23 km

Double-end articulated EMUs-40 Scenario B 16 Stations 15 minutes 15 minutes 42 minutes 23.3 mph / 37.5 kph 16.30 miles / 26.23 km

Potential Station Locations Frequencies: Peak Off-Peak Estimated One-Way Running Time Average Speed Estimated Distance

Assumptions by Passenger Rail Mode continued:
Mode Assumptions Passenger Cars per Train Aver. Seats per Car Passenger Capacity per Train (seated) Passenger Capacity per Hour (both directions combined) Freight Service on SRY Surrey Sub-Division Maintenance Shop Overnight Layover Location(s) Accessibility System Peak-3 Off-Peak-3 134 Peak-402 Off-Peak-402 Peak-1608 Off-Peak-804 Local-nights. Through-rerouted via BNSF Fraser Shops Fraser Shops East Langley Ramps w/Ramp Plates Peak-4 Off-Peak-2 94 Peak-376 Off-Peak-188 Peak-1504 Off-Peak-376 Local-nights. Through- rerouted via BNSF Fraser Shops Fraser Shops East Langley Wheelchair Lift Equipped Coaches Peak-3 Off-Peak 2 135 Peak-405 Off-Peak-270 Peak-3240 Off-Peak-2160 Local-nights. Through-rerouted via BNSF Fraser Shops Fraser Shops West Langley Station Platform Gangways Peak-4 Off-Peak-3 64 Peak-256 Off-Peak-192 Peak-2048 Off-Peak-1536 Local-nights. Through-rerouted via BNSF Fraser Shops Fraser Shops West Langley Station Platform Gangways Heavy Rail Diesel Push-Pull Heavy Rail DMU Light Rail DMU Light Rail EMU

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

Potential Station Locations:

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

Summary of Technical and Constructability Issues: Service reliability-northern & southern corridor segments Construction on steep grades BC Hydro pole line relocation Passenger car safety standards (light and heavy rail) Conflict between vehicle clearance and accessibility standards LRT access to Langley City town center Grade crossing warning system/highway traffic signal interface Safety aspects of pedestrian and private crossings Availability of competing sources for compliant rail vehicles Utilities relocations and property acquisition-effects on cost/schedule Environmental issues Compatibility of signal systems with BC Hydro lines Security issues Track maintenance standards for light rail vehicles on heavy rail track

ROM Cost Estimates by Mode (000 Omitted): Heavy Rail Heavy Rail Light Rail Light Rail Push-Pull DMU DMU EMU ROM Sub-Totals Contingency (30%) ROM Total ROM Capital Cost/KM 279,510 83,850 363,360 13,420 279,950 82,190 356,140 13,150 455,700 136,710 592,410 22,590 536,290 160,890 697,180 26,580

The following categories were evaluated:
Right of way Track Systems Grade crossings Passenger stations Utility relocations Electrification Revenue equipment Facilities Vehicles (Track & Hwy) Equipment/Tools Opns during construction

Factors Affecting the ROM Estimates: Study Objective: Achieve initial cost estimate accuracy-avoid cost creep Study Guideline: Cost creep not an acceptable use of Contingency Fund ROM estimates only-no detailed engineering available-30% Contingency Stakeholder input not yet received-many stakeholder groups (Section 1) No contracts or agreements in place to support the proposal/concept Based on Assumptions by Passenger Rail Mode Corridor complexity-Technical and Constructability Issues

Factors Affecting the ROM Estimates continued: Assumes tighter regulations and standards by the time of construction:
Rail grade crossing/highway intersection design Rail grade crossing warning signal/highway traffic signal interface Private grade crossings Pedestrian grade crossings Light rail operations in heavy rail corridor Locomotive emissions standards Whistle-free zone requirements Right of way access, fencing and security

The Interurban Corridor:

SCOTT ROAD SKYTRAIN STATION

LANGLEY PRATT JCT.

SRY BNSF CPR

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