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File #: 20-1098    Version: 1 Name:
Type: ITEMS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/22/2020 In control: Department of Transportation
On agenda: 6/10/2020 Final action:
Title: Authorize an agreement with Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railway to implement quiet zone improvements at nine rail crossings in East Dallas along the KCS railroad corridor - Not to exceed $1,880,722.00 - Financing: Surface Transportation Block Grant Project Fund ($1,504,577.60) and Street and Transportation (A) Fund (2017 General Obligation Bond Fund) ($376,144.40)
Indexes: 9
Attachments: 1. Map, 2. Resolution
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STRATEGIC PRIORITY:                     Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure, and Sustainability

AGENDA DATE:                     June 10, 2020

COUNCIL DISTRICT(S):                     9

DEPARTMENT:                     Department of Transportation

EXECUTIVE:                     Majed Al-Ghafry

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SUBJECT

 

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Authorize an agreement with Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railway to implement quiet zone improvements at nine rail crossings in East Dallas along the KCS railroad corridor - Not to exceed $1,880,722.00 - Financing: Surface Transportation Block Grant Project Fund ($1,504,577.60) and Street and Transportation (A) Fund (2017 General Obligation Bond Fund) ($376,144.40)

 

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BACKGROUND

 

The sounding of locomotive train horns as the train approaches street grade crossings throughout the day and night negatively impacts the quality of life for people residing in the general vicinity of a rail line.

 

In response to this concern, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued its Train Horn Rule which provides a detailed process for the establishment of a Quiet Zone.  Part of that process includes installing supplemental safety measures at each crossing within the quiet zone.  These measures typically include the construction of a median within the roadway, upgrading the railroad controls, and other minor improvements.

 

This proposed action will authorize an agreement with the Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) to upgrade the railroad controls and construct crossing improvements on the tracks at nine railroad crossings on the following streets in east Dallas: Santa Anna Avenue, Barnes Bridge Road, Centerville Road, Gus Thomasson Road, Peavy Road, Mariposa Drive, St. Francis Avenue, and Highland Drive.

 

In addition to the railway improvements performed by KCS other roadway and sidewalk improvements will be constructed by a City hired contractor.  This contract will be brought to City Council for action in the upcoming months.  The Quiet Zone can be established once these safety measures are in place and FRA approval has been granted.

 

 

ESTIMATED SCHEDULE OF PROJECT

 

Began Design                                                               May 2018

Complete Design                                                               July 2020

FRA Application Submittal                                          August 2020

Begin Construction                                                                October 2020

Complete Construction                                          December 2021

 

PRIOR ACTION/REVIEW (COUNCIL, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS)

 

On February 26, 2007, the Transportation and Environment Committee was introduced to the concept of a Railroad Quiet Zone and briefed on the specific requirements of the FRA Train Horn Rule.

 

On January 12, 2009, the Transportation and Environment Committee was presented with candidate Railroad Quiet Zone projects.

 

On June 12, 2019, City Council authorized the execution of a Local Project Advanced Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to accept $1,791,508.00 in Surface Transportation Block Grant funds for the KCS Quiet Zone East Dallas project by Resolution No. 19-0881.

 

FISCAL INFORMATION

 

The cost for these quiet zone improvements is covered by an 80% federally-funded grant with a minimum 20% local match from the 2017 Bond Program.

 

Fund

         FY 2020

FY 2021

Future Years

Street and Transportation (A) Fund (2017 General Obligation Bond Fund)

$   376,144.40

    $0.00

            $0.00

Surface Transportation Block Grant Project Fund

$1,504,577.60

    $0.00

            $0.00

Total

$1,880,722.00

    $0.00

            $0.00

 

MAP

 

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