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  • Central Ohio Transit Authority

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    COTA Northeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis Locally Preferred Alternative Report

    Table of Contents

    1.0 Introduction ..................................................................................................................... 1

    2.0 Initial Proposed LPA for Public Review: Cleveland-SR-161 Alternative ........................... 3

    2.1 Differences between Detailed Alternative and Initial LPA ............................................. 3

    2.2 Local Service North of SR-161 ..................................................................................... 4

    3.0 Revised LPA: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative ...................................................... 7

    3.1 Alignment Description .................................................................................................10

    3.2 Program Elements ......................................................................................................15

    3.2.1 Unique Branding ..................................................................................................15

    3.2.2 Transit Signal Priority ...........................................................................................16

    3.2.3 Vehicles ...............................................................................................................16

    3.2.4 Stations ................................................................................................................16

    3.3 Operating Plan ............................................................................................................17

    3.4 Capital Costs ..............................................................................................................23

    3.4.1 SCC 20.0 Stations ...............................................................................................23

    3.4.2 SCC 40.0 Sitework and Special Conditions .........................................................24

    3.4.3 SCC 50.0 Systems...............................................................................................25

    3.4.4 SCC 70.0 Vehicles ...............................................................................................25

    3.4.5 SCC 80.0 Professional Services ..........................................................................26

    3.4.6 Capital Cost Summary .........................................................................................27

    3.5 Operation and Maintenance Costs ..............................................................................31

    4.0 LPA Implementation Schedule .......................................................................................32

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    COTA Northeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis Locally Preferred Alternative Report

    Index of Figures Figure 1: Initial LPA Presented to Public .................................................................................... 5 Figure 2: Revised LPA for Submittal to FTA ..............................................................................11 Figure 3: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative Stations by Type............................................18 Figure 4: Existing and Proposed Weekday Service in the Cleveland Avenue Corridor ..............22 Index of Tables Table 1: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative VSS Criteria ..................................................... 2 Table 2: Cleveland-SR-161 Alternative Summary ...................................................................... 3 Table 3: Cleveland-SR-161 Alternative Capital Costs ................................................................ 6 Table 4: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative Summary ......................................................... 9 Table 5: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative Stations ..........................................................12 Table 6: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative Station Amenities............................................20 Table 7: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative Proposed Operating Plan ...............................21 Table 8: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative Station Count ..................................................24 Table 9: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative Vehicle Summary ...........................................26 Table 10: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative FY 2012 Capital Cost Summary ...................29 Table 11: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative YOE Capital Cost Summary .........................30 Table 12: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative O&M Cost Summary .....................................31 Table 13: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative Implementation Schedule .............................33

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    COTA Northeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis Locally Preferred Alternative Report

    1.0 Introduction

    This report describes the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) selected for the Northeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis. Selection of an LPA is a step required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for funding consideration through the Section 5309 New Starts grant program. The LPA will be submitted for consideration as a Very Small Starts (VSS) project. The LPA was selected based on the findings of the previously submitted Detailed Screening of Alternatives report, along with input from the general public, stakeholders, COTA Board of Trustees, and staff.

    The Detailed Screening of Alternatives report recommended that the Cleveland-SR-161 alternative is the best choice based on the following findings:

    Would alleviate overcrowding on #1 Cleveland Avenue buses between Northern Lights and SR-161;

    Has the highest average number of boardings per mile (504) of the four alternatives;

    Has the lowest annual operating cost ($2.13 million in 2012 dollars) of the four alternatives;

    Has the second lowest total capital cost ($32.84 million in 2012 dollars) of the four alternatives;

    Has the highest percentage of zero car households (18.1%); and Has the second highest population density (4,467 persons per square mile) of

    the four alternatives.

    Based on the findings in the Detailed Screening of Alternatives and consultation with FTA, a version of the Locally Preferred Alternative with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) operating primarily in mixed traffic (with exclusive peak period bus lanes on High Street in downtown Columbus) was presented to the public in June 2012. This initial LPA included infrastructure improvements ending at Cleveland Avenue and SR-161 along with an open question about what service (#1 or BRT) would make local stops north of SR-161 to Polaris Parkway.

    Members of the public, stakeholders, and members of the Working Group supported the concept of BRT buses continuing as local service north of SR-161 to Polaris Parkway. As a result, COTA revised the LPA to include a small amount of BRT infrastructure as an extension of BRT branding for this local segment of Cleveland Avenue ending at the OhioHealth Medical Center at Polaris Parkway and Africa Road.

    The publically supported LPA to be submitted to the FTA for VSS consideration is the Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative. This LPA meets or exceeds all VSS criteria and is expected to receive a favorable rating from the FTA. Table 1 details how the Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative compares against VSS criteria. Details on the specific costs for Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative are provided in Section 3 of this document.

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    COTA Northeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis Locally Preferred Alternative Report

    Table 1: Cleveland-Polaris Parkway Alternative VSS Criteria

    VSS Criteria Cleveland-Polaris

    Parkway Alternative

    Comments

    Transit stations

    Signal priority Will coordinate with the City of Columbus

    Level boarding

    Special branding of service

    Frequent service (10 minutes peak/15 minutes off-peak)

    Service span 14 hours/day 16 hours M-Saturday, 14 hours on Sunday

    Current ridership > 3,000 riders/weekday

    5,540

    Total capital cost < $50 million $39.43 Million (YOE dollars)

    Cost per mile < $3 million/mile, excluding vehicles

    $1.95 Million (YOE dollars)

    Operating cost less than 5% of total agency operating budget

    2.36% (YOE dollars)

    The following sections describe the initial and revised LPA in greater detail. Section 2 details the initial LPA presented to the public in June 2012. Section 3 details the revised LPA. Section 4 includes the proposed implementation schedule for the BRT project.

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    COTA Northeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis Locally Preferred Alternative Report

    2.0 Initial Proposed LPA for Public Review: Cleveland-SR-161 Alternative

    The Initial LPA presented to the public in June 2012 was virtually the same as the one described in the Detailed Screening of Alternatives report. Table 2 summarizes the proposed infrastructure improvements between downtown Columbus and SR-161. Figure 1 depicts this alternative.

    Table 2: Cleveland-SR-161 Alternative Summary

    Characteristic Value Comments

    BRT Service Length 10.3 miles

    Number of BRT stations 64

    32 NB stations

    30 SB stations

    2 transit centers

    One-way travel time 35 minutes

    Travel Time Savings 8 minutes 20% improvement

    Total Capital Costs (FY 2012 dollars)

    $32.4 million VSS maximum: $50 million

    Infrastructure $17.1 million Mul

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