Agenda Item # 3

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

01/26/2016

Agenda Report # 70


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Go! Transit Capital Program Grant

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Adopt the resolution authorizing the Mayor to submit an application to the State Road & Tollway Authority for funding of the Columbus to Atlanta Intercity Passenger Rail Environmental Study.

Background: For the past four years the Mayor's Commission for Passenger Rail has explored the possibility of establishing high-speed rail between Columbus and Atlanta. From these efforts, a feasibility study was conducted in 2014 to show that intercity rail between the two cities was not only doable, but would be profitable as well. The next to make this project a reality would require an environmental study of the project. The State Road & Tollway Authority announced last year that funding for transit related projects would be available through the sale of bonds ($75 million) at the end of January, 2016. Discussions have been held with this agency and it has been determined that these environmental studies would eligible for these funds.

Analysis: The feasibility of providing high-speed rail between the two communities has been established by the report that was published February, 2014. In order to move this project forward and to be eligible for federal funding, and environmental study must be performed.

Financial Considerations: The State Road & Tollway Authority established this grant program without a direct requirement for matching funds. The request under this application would be to fund the environment study at a cost of $6 million. A local match is not required for this grant program.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The City would be under no additional future requirements under this grant.

Legal Considerations: The City Attorney has approved the form of the application.

Recommendations/ Actions: Adopt the resolution authorizing the Mayor to submit an application to the State Road & Tollway Authority for funding of the Columbus to Atlanta Intercity Passenger Rail Environmental Study with no local match required, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.





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A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR AND TO ACCEPT, IF APPROVED, A STATE ROAD AND TOLLWAY AUTHORITY GO! TRANSIT CAPITAL PROGRAM GRANT WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIRED, AND AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD.

WHEREAS, the Mayor's Commission for Passenger Rail to explore the possibility of high-speed rail between Columbus and Atlanta has completed a study showing the feasibility of such an intercity passenger rail system using the existing right of way along I-185 and I-85; and,

WHEREAS, the next requirement in making this project a reality is to complete an environmental study of the proposed route; and,

WHEREAS, the State Road and Tollway Authority has established the Go! Transit Capital Program grant that can provide funding for such environmental studies.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the Mayor is hereby authorized to submit an application and accept if approved a Go! Transit Capital Program Grant in the amount of $6,000,000 from the State Road and Tollway Authority for the purpose of providing the necessary funding for the environmental studies needed to develop a high-speed rail service between Columbus and Atlanta. No local matching funds will be required.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of
_____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor