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Dallas CBD Second Light Rail Alignment (D2) Subway Project Refinement Technical Committee Meeting February 23, 2017

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Page 1: Dallas CBD Second Light Rail Alignment (D2) · 2017-02-24 · Dallas CBD Second Light Rail Alignment (D2) Subway Project Refinement Technical Committee Meeting February 23, 2017

Dallas CBD Second Light Rail Alignment (D2)

Subway Project Refinement

Technical Committee MeetingFebruary 23, 2017

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Meeting Objectives

• Agree on Proposed Refinements and Options to be advanced with alternatives:– West Junction – should RR ROW be advanced?– East Junction – which, if any, Monument Street options

should advance?– Arts District options – is there a viable option to

advance?– Commerce realignment with Swiss only?

• Agree on the set of alternatives – Alignment, Station Locations– Could achieve Short List of 3 options today

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Objectives to Identify Reasonable Set of Subway Alternatives

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Objectives Source

Within $1.3 Billion Budget (YOE) DART

Constructability/Favorable geology conditions DART

Subway between Woodall Rodgers and IH 345 City Council

Ability to shift Green/Orange Line operations to D2 FTA (Core Capacity)

Ease of transfers (Proximity to Existing Bus/Rail) City Council/DART

Access to Jobs (Employment density) City Council/DART

Interoperability between both downtown LRT lines DART

Minimize curves (travel time, O&M, construction) DART

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Reminders

1. Conceptual design only at this time:– Are alternatives feasible? – What is the list of potential impacts to be addressed

further in DEIS? – What are key opportunities? i.e., station locations and

access points, TOD opportunities, operational flexibility

2. Once a refined LPA is selected:– Preliminary engineering for alignment, tunnel portals,

stations and access points– DEIS, mitigation for identified impacts (property,

parks, historic, traffic, etc.)

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Reasonable Alternatives Assessment

Summary of Technical and Stakeholder Committee

Recommendations

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Summary of Options & Refinements

Arts District Options

Ross/Leonard/2-Portal

Olive/Monument

Olive/Pearl/Monument

Olive/Pearl/Swiss

Olive/Modified Swiss

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Commerce Refinements

Commerce/Swiss (Original)

Commerce/Swiss (Modified)

Commerce/ Good Latimer/Monument 2-portal concept

Monument Street Options

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#5 with 2-Portal

#6

RR ROW Options

Pacific - Original

Pacific with 700’ curve

Elm - Original

Elm Refinement

Elm with 700’ curve

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LPA Refinement Evaluation Process

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Key Objectives

Detailed Evaluation

Screening Evaluation

Range of Reasonable

Subway Alternatives

Refined D2 LPA Recommendation

Short List of Subway

Alternatives

Dec-Jan Jan-Feb Mar-May May-June

Assessment of Proposed

Refinements and Options

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Recent Meeting Participants

• Deep Ellum Foundation• City of Dallas Staff• Preservation Dallas• Sixth Floor Museum (letter received)• Dallas County• Victory Stakeholders• Perot Museum of Nature and Science• Bullington Truck Terminal (Thanksgiving

Foundation)• FTA

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Information to support Assessment of Options and Refinements

• Historic resource issues

• Geologic conditions from boring data

– Depth to Austin Chalk

– Thickness of Austin Chalk

• Building plans

• Operating plan

• Demographics/Market Area Coverage

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Historic Resources – RR ROW

• Sixth Floor Museum letter states opposition and concern to Elm or Pacific options that use RR ROW

• Landmark Commission, City of Dallas Historic Preservation and Preservation Dallas do not support due to level of risk and potential impacts

• Dallas County does not support due to level of risk and potential impacts

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Historic Resources – RR ROW

• Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)– Requires agencies identify and assess the effects of federally assisted undertakings on

historic properties– Requires that the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) have the opportunity

to comment on the project for compliance with Section 106 and Section 4(f)– Seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects on historic properties

• Section 110 of NHPA – If a project may affect a National Historic Landmark, such as Dealey Plaza, FTA must

consult with the National Park Service

• Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966– Transportation projects may not be approved by the Secretary of Transportation unless a

determination is made that there is no feasible and prudent alternative, and that all possible planning has been done to minimize harm

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Geology/Constructability – RR ROW

• RR ROW has poor conditions for tunneling• Cut and cover is not acceptable in Dealey

Plaza• Soft ground TBM machine would be required

for entire project and would increase curve radius requirements in Dealey Plaza area– 700’ radius desirable– Potential to affect larger area– TBM adds concrete liner as it builds tunnel –

this has to be demolished at stations, access points, shafts along the rest of the corridor

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Depth to Austin Chalk

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Thickness of Austin Chalk

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Geology/Constructability – Pacific

• BullingtonTruck Terminal plans

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Operating Plan Concept

• Green

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Existing DART Rail Operations

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Operating Plan Concept

• Green

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DART Rail Operations with D2Works with Victory or RR ROW Option

Orange Line Options (3):- Terminate near East TC and

turnback to DFW- Continue existing service pattern

to Parker Road Station- Add service to Baylor

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DART Rail Operations with D2During Incident Management using Victory Junction

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DART Rail Operations with D2During Incident Management using Victory Pocket Track

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DART Rail Operations with D2During Incident Management using Victory Junction

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DART Rail Operations with D2During Incident Management using Victory Pocket Track

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State Fair TX-OU Operating Plan

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Market Area Coverage

• Maps and data illustrate current and future population and employment within ¼ mile walk radius of LRT Stations

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Existing Market Area Coverage (¼-mile) and Employment Density

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Existing Market Area Coverage (¼-mile) and Population Density

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Existing Market Area Coverage (¼-mile)

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Existing plus Pacific with Victory-Swiss Combined Market Area Coverage (¼-mile)

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Existing plus Pacific with RR ROW-SwissCombined Market Area Coverage (¼-mile)

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Existing plus Elm with Victory-SwissCombined Market Area Coverage (¼ mile)

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Existing plus Elm with RR ROW-Swiss Combined Market Area Coverage (¼-mile)

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Existing plus Elm with RR ROW-Monument 2 portal Combined Market Area Coverage (¼-mile)

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Existing plus Commerce with Victory-SwissCombined Market Area Coverage (¼-mile)

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Options and Refinements

• West– Victory ROW

– Railroad ROW

• Commerce and Arts District– Arts District/Ross alignment options

– Commerce refinements

• East– Swiss Avenue

– Monument Street

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West Options - Victory ROW

• Victory ROW Option

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West Options – RR ROW

• Elm Railroad RR ROW

– Original

– 700’ Radius Curve

• Elm RR ROW

– Proposed Refinement

• Pacific RR ROW

– Original

– 700’ Radius Curve

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Commerce Options and Refinements

• Study two options:– Straighten curve to Swiss and move portal to east of IH-345

– Feasibility of below grade option via Good Latimer

Straighten curvesOnly advance if below grade option is feasible

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Commerce Refinements

• Straighten curve to Swiss • Below grade option via Good Latimer (2-Portal solution)

Commerce via Swiss Commerce via Good Latimer

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Arts District Options

• Several options developed to determine feasibility

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Arts District Options

• with Station

Leonard to Monument (2-portal)

Olive/Pearl/ Monument (no wye junction)

Olive/ Monument (no wye junction)

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Arts District Options

• without Station

• Olive to Swiss• Olive, Pearl to Swiss

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East Options and Refinements

• Elm Alternative Monument St options

1 2

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East Options and Refinements

• Elm Alternative Monument St options

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6

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Initial DART Technical Staff Assessment

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Pacific Elm

West Options West Options East Options

Objectives RR

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Within $1.3 Billion Budget (YOE)

y y y y y y y y y y y y n n y

Constructability/Favorable geology conditions

n y f n f y y y n n y y n f n

Subway between Woodall Rodgers and IH 345

y y y y y y y y y y y y y n n

Ability to shift Green/ Orange operations to D2

y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y

Ease of transfers (Prox. to Existing Bus/Rail)

y y y y y y y y y y y y y n n

Access to Jobs (Employment density)

y y y y y y y y y y n n n y y

Interoperability between both downtown LRT lines

n y n y n y y y y y y y y f n

Minimize curves (traveltime, O&M, construction)

y y y y y y y n y n n n y y n

Advance to Screening? N N Y N N N Y Y N N N N N N N

Meets Objective

Meets Objective with some challenges

Does not meet objective due to fatal flaw or significant risk factor

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Initial DART Technical Staff AssessmentCommerce Arts District (Ross)

Objectives Swis

s

Go

od

Lat

imer

2

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Ro

ss/L

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ard

2

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Oliv

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Oliv

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Mo

nu

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Oliv

e/

Mo

dif

ied

Sw

iss

Within $1.3 Billion Budget (YOE)

y y y y y y

Constructability/Favorable geology conditions

n y f n f y

Subway between Woodall Rodgers and IH 345

y y y y y y

Ability to shift Green/ Orange operations to D2

y y y y y y

Ease of transfers (Prox. to Existing Bus/Rail)

y y y y y y

Access to Jobs (Employment density)

y y y y y y

Interoperability between both downtown LRT lines

n y n y n y

Minimize curves (traveltime, O&M, construction)

y y y y y y

Advance to Screening? Y N N N N N N

Meets Objective

Meets Objective with some challenges

Does not meet objective due to fatal flaw or significant risk factor

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Next Steps

• Complete Screening Evaluation if more than 3 alternatives advance today

• Review Technical Committee recommendations with Stakeholder Committee on March 22

• Initiate more detailed evaluation of short list:– Refine station locations

– Identify station portal opportunities

– Streetcar alignments and connections

– Urban design opportunities

– Real estate needs

– Utility coordination

– Capital costs

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