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This is the online document library for the Joint Broward MPO, Palm Beach MPO and FDOT TIGER (2014) Grant Application. The repository is organized into several topic areas:

  • Description-A brief overview of the proposed project
  • Existing Conditions- Today's operating characteristics
  • Benefits- Crash reduction
  • Costs- Detailed costs by crossing
  • Financing- Funding partners and contributions
  • Supporting Materials- Project narrative, benefit / cost analysis spreadsheet, resolutions, letters of support and other supporting documentation
  • Sponsor- Contact the project sponsor
Photo: FEC Railroad Crossing #1. Photo: FEC Railroad Crossing #2. Photo: FEC Railroad Crossing #3.

The Broward and Palm Beach MPOs, together, are co-sponsoring this project to implement crossing safety improvements on the FECR corridor in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The project is the result of a collaborative partnership between the MPOs, FDOT and the Florida East Coast Railway, LLC. The project will improve safety along the corridor through the construction and installation of four-quadrant (quad) gates, raised medians, pedestrian access management, interconnected traffic signals and other safety enhancements consistent with FRA recommendations to maximize safety. FDOT and the cities located throughout the corridor have recognized the importance of these upgrades and have agreements in place to maintain all improvements.

This project aligns with the USDOT and TIGER strategic goals to improve safety at railway crossings and to help minimize impacts of freight traffic on communities. It also builds on federal, state and local investments in Port Miami, Port Everglades and Port of Palm Beach by making sure that the additional freight traffic generated from those facilities from investments in rail access does not cause more fatal crashes along the corridor.

In addition to endorsement from the legislative delegation, the project continues to receive endorsements from local communities directly impacted by the safety improvements. Many have adopted resolutions supporting the project. Those resolutions and letters of support can be found on the "Supporting Documents" tab on this website.

Apart from the immediate safety benefits of the project, many communities would like to see all of the necessary investment in the corridor to establish quiet zones further reducing the negative externalities of a growing number of trains. While that is not the purpose of this group of safety improvements, all investment in these safety upgrades will complement the establishment of quiet zones should the amount of train horn activity become too disruptive as the nation’s economy continues to recover and the additional traffic generated by the Panama Canal expansion passes through the corridor.

Auto Traffic

Traffic Characteristics

County/Municipality

Number of FECR Crossings

Sum of Roadway ADT

Sum of Bus ADT

Broward County

67

943,395

1,124

Dania Beach

7

84,095

163

Deerfield Beach

6

97,475

178

Fort Lauderdale

22

281,520

216

Hallandale Beach

5

70,900

70

Hollywood

9

74,805

84

Oakland Park

6

117,500

105

Pompano Beach

10

192,000

295

Wilton Manors

2

25,100

13

Palm Beach County

109

1,016,010

893

Boca Raton

10

186,795

232

Boynton Beach

11

83,972

116

Delray Beach

12

126,844

111

Hypoluxo

2

16,512

11

Jupiter

6

114,545

63

Lake Park

2

47,640

0

Lake Worth

15

96,668

81

Lantana

4

27,031

17

North Palm Beach

1

3,626

0

Palm Beach Gardens

5

60,125

68

Riviera Beach

4

46,563

39

Tequesta

2

20,395

21

West Palm Beach

35

185,294

134

Grand Total

176

1,959,405

2,017

 

Freight Traffic

Rail Service Characteristics

Currently, 14 freight trains per day use the FECR.  The number of freight trains will increase significantly with the completion of regional port and rail yard upgrades underway.  Those port upgrades will support the “post-Panamax” ships that have the capacity of 12,500 truck equivalent units (TEU) of freight each.

Population Characteristics

Demographic Characteristics of the FEC Corridor

County

Total*

White
(1 Race)*

Black
(1 Race)*

Latin
 (Any Race)*

Other*

Percent Non-White

Broward

88,269

45,846

33,737

19,516

42,423

48.0%

Palm Beach

141,530

93,068

32,486

31,190

48,462

34.2%

Total Project

229,799

138,914

66,223

50,706

90,885

39.5%

 

Congressional Districts
Congressional District Map
US Congressional District Map
Summary: Qualitative Benefits

Qualitative Summary of TIGER Goals and Project Benefits

Criteria

How the Project Satisfies Criteria

PRIMARY

State of Good Repair

Not applicable.

Economic Competitiveness

Partially applicable.  This project will improve safety for nearby communities and support additional freight traffic and freight-dependent land uses along the 72 miles of the corridor.  Fewer fatal collisions along the corridor will also improve reliability for trains as well as automobiles

Quality of Life

Partially applicable. The installation of the additional safety equipment will allow local governments to institute quiet zones in select locations thereby reducing negative impacts (i.e., sound from train horns) on communities.

Environmental Sustainability

Not applicable.

Safety

Fully applicable.  The project will address safety vulnerabilities at 176 roadway crossings of the FECR by the installation of four-quadrant (quad) gates and the interconnection of nearby traffic signals at all roadway crossings in Broward and Palm Beach counties. 

SECONDARY

Innovation

Partially applicable.  The project will use interconnection technology to coordinate nearby traffic signals and railroad warning gate timings.

Partnership

Fully applicable.  The project is the result of a collaborative process between the Broward MPO, the Palm Beach MPO, FDOT and the Florida East Coast Railway, LLC. The project will improve safety in the immediate and long-term term while making accommodation for additional train traffic and potential quiet zones in the long-term.

USDOT Strategic Goals

Specific USDOT Strategies Addressed by Project

SAFETY

Strategies to Reduce Railroad Fatalities and Injuries

Assist in grade crossing safety improvements (including closing grade crossings),  encourage enforcement of traffic laws, and promote technologies designed to improve safety such as interconnection and preemption of nearby highway traffic control signals, provision of standby backup power for these interconnected traffic signals, and use of pre-signals or queue-cutter signals

ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS

Promote transportation policies and investments that bring lasting and equitable economic benefits to the nation and its citizens.

Develop a National Freight Network that focuses investments on critical multi-modal freight infrastructure
needed to improve goods movement across America and considers the reduction of the impact of freight transportation on neighboring communities

USDOT Transportation for a New Generation: Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2012 - 2016, http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/990_355_DOT_StrategicPlan_508lowres.pdf.

Ibid, page 8.

Ibid, page 15-16.

Ibid, page 16.

Ibid, page 30.

Ibid, page 31.

Ibid, page 34.

 

Summary: Quantitative Benefits


 Quantitative Summary from Benefit / Cost Analysis
(Details)

Project

Net Present Value

Year NPV Becomes Positive

Benefit / Cost Ratio

Short-term Job Years

FECR Safety Upgrades

$77,177,808

2022

2.851

527.15

Discounted net value of project (all benefits – all costs)

Benefit / cost ratio = (Sum of net Discounted Benefits) / Construction Cost

Informational item only, not included in B/C analyses.  Total project cost / $76,923 per NOFA.


Benefit / cost ratio = (NPV+ Construction Cost) / Construction Cost or ($XX,XXX,000+$xx,000,000)/$40,550,000=X.xx

Informational item only, not included in B/C analyses.

NOT THERE YET


 Capital Costs
(Details- see Project Details tab in spreadsheet)
The total capital cost of the project for 176 FEC railway crossings in Broward and Palm Beach counties will be $40,550,000.

 Annual O&M Costs (Details- see Project Details tab in spreadsheet)

The marginal O&M cost of the project for 176 FEC railway crossings in Broward and Palm Beach counties will be $872,960 or $4,960 for each crossing.


176 crossings are located along this project’s limits.  The additional maintenance cost per intersection averages approximately $4,960 per year based on FDOT's most recent estimates.


Capital Financing

Project Sponsor

Funding

Amount*

Percentage

FDOT / MPOs

$20,275,000

50%

TIGER

$20,275,000

50%

Total Capital Cost

$40,550,000

100%




Technical Supporting Materials

Resolutions and Letters of Support

Contacts for this effort are:
Assembled by Whitehouse Group Inc.- Last Updated May 7, 2014