Title: Construct a Platform and Bridge at the Lorain County Transportation and Community Center in Elyria
Sponsor: Lorain County Commissioners
Estimated Total Cost: $9,924,010
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
History/Background: Lorain County Transit's (LCT) mission is to promote efficient and economic public transportation, which encourages economic development and increases opportunities to enhance independence and the quality of life in Lorain County.
The Lorain County Transportation and Community Center is located at 40 East Avenue, in downtown Elyria, Ohio. The Lorain County Board of Commissioners purchased the 1925 New York Central Train Station. The structure is being restored and preserved to serve the transit needs of Lorain County and create an attractive space for public events.
Current Conditions: The sponsor reports that the Lorain County Commissioners are in the process of working with an Architect/Engineering firm on concept drawings and cost estimates for Passenger Rail Platforms to complete the final phase of development at the Lorain County Transportation & Community Center. The sponsor reports that the final phase of development at the Center is to provide Amtrak passengers with access to the platforms to provide a fully functioning intermodal transportation center in downtown Elyria. Upon completion of this final phase, the intermodal transportation center, which is currently a hub for Lorain County Transit and Greyhound, will also include Amtrak.
Proposed Project: The rail platforms and pedestrian bridge project phase of development at the Lorain County Transportation and Community Center project will provide access for Amtrak passengers to existing railroad tracks, owned by Norfolk Southern, either through the existing tunnels (a.k.a. bridges) within the Transportation and Community Center or through a stand alone structure outside the Transportation and Community Center. The sponsor reports that both options will include a newly constructed, weather protected, passenger platform.
The project’s estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $9,924,010. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $220,057. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $1,012,217. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $8,691,736.
According to the sponsor, Lorain County has allocated its 2012 and 2013 5307 federal funds toward the project. ODOT has approved $549,313 in Transportation Development Credits; Amtrak has $2,900,000 of its federal funds committed to the project. The County still has some local match remaining from the purchase of the building and adjacent parcel.
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goals #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System) and #4 (Establish a Balanced System which Enhances Modal Choices).
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC):
• The BPAC supports this project.
• The Transportation Subcommittee did not have a quorum of members present at its meeting. The consensus among the attending members was to recommend the project for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning & Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):