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File #: 2018-0591   
Type: Project Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/4/2018 In control: Planning and Programming Committee
On agenda: 9/19/2018 Final action:
Title: AUTHORIZE the CEO to support the State's intention to reprogram $74 million from Raymer to Bernson Double Track and suspend the project.
Sponsors: Construction Committee
Indexes: Amtrak, California State Transportation Agency, Double track, Metrolink, Project, Proposition 1b, State Transportation Improvement Program, Subdivisions
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Letter from SCRRA CEO to Metro CEO
Related files: 2018-0673
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PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Subject
SUBJECT: RAYMER TO BERNSON DOUBLE TRACK PROJECT UPDATE

Action
ACTION: APPROVE RECOMMENDATION

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
AUTHORIZE the CEO to support the State's intention to reprogram $74 million from Raymer to Bernson Double Track and suspend the project.
Issue
ISSUE

At the December 2016 Board Meeting, Metro staff provided a Raymer to Bernson Project funding update with a receive and file highlighting next steps for staff to continue to monitor state funds and return to the Board with recommendations by the first quarter of FY 19 if any changes occurred. Staff is providing an update on the change in direction of approximately $80 million state funding for the Project. With the change in direction, staff recommends supporting the State's intention to reprogram the remaining $74 million and suspend the Raymer to Bernson Double Track Project.

Discussion
DISCUSSION
The Raymer to Bernson Double Track Project will increase regional mobility along the Metrolink Ventura Subdivision and the Los Angeles-San Diego-Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) corridor by providing a second mainline track, approximately 6.4 miles in length, between Control Point (CP) Raymer to CP Bernson. The Ventura Subdivision is used by Metrolink Ventura Line, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, Amtrak Coast Starlight and Union Pacific freight trains.

On August 31, 2018, Metro received a letter from Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) stating that SCRRA performed an operations analysis confirming the Raymer to Bernson Double Track Project provides strong reliability benefits, but that it only benefits capacity when train frequencies in the corridor reach 15 minutes in the future. The letter also indicated California State Transportation Agency intentions to reprogram the $80 million funding of the State Transportation Improvement Program and Proposition 1B to other SCRRA's Southern California Optimized Rail Exp...

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