Station Access Agreements
The content of each of the three agreements presented in Figure 4-2 must be consistent and contain, in combination, all the elements necessary to ensure the success of passenger rail transport. The specific content of the agreements is described in the following paragraphs. 4.3.2 Contributions and preparations for the conclusion of Chapters 2 and 3 discussed the preparations for negotiations with Amtrak and the reception routes, as well as the main negotiating points to be addressed. In addition, Chapter 3 describes the types of analysis of train performance, rail corridor capacity and the cost of capital that may be required to support negotiations and investment decisions. The main points discussed in the previous sections are summarized in the following subsections. Long-term VisionS Plan The Passenger Transportation Agency should have a long-term vision plan for the development of rail transportation in the state or region. Ideally, the plan should cover both freight and passenger services and was developed by the Agency in consultation with other public agencies interested in transportation, as well as with rail and related service providers of all kinds. With regard to passenger transport, the plan should describe the long-term objective of rail development and the main stages of transport development between the present and the objective. PriIA now requires public authorities to develop such a plan as a precondition for the adoption of capital subsidies for passenger rail transport in intercity passenger transport, as part of the various programmes managed by the FRA. Feasibility Study A proposed in-depth feasibility study for local passenger rail transport should be conducted in collaboration with Amtrak and preferably passenger railways on the corridor.
As has already been said, some host freight railways prefer to interfere in feasibility studies to ensure that their concerns are addressed at an early stage, while others prefer limited participation. The feasibility plan differs from the vision plan in that it focuses on a corridor and service rather than an entire state or region, but both should be long-term and cover a period of life reflecting the life of infrastructure investments. Almost all passenger transportation projects include investments in rail infrastructure, including improvements to railways and signals, investments in stations and terminals, and sometimes the purchase or lease of the ROW. These investments have a lifespan of at least 20 years, and the long-term plan is essential to ensure that the benefits of the investment are fully realized. The feasibility study begins with the objectives of the service at each stage of its development, such as.B. ” Arrival times, station locations and train departure times.