The RECOMMENDATION of the PMOC was adopted and a Farm Manager was selected. The result is that FDOT has created a plan to take over the operation and maintenance of the corridor once ownership is transferred from CSXT to FDOT. In addition, the COO has identified design issues that will impact future operations, developed operating agreements with other airlines, and established a working relationship with FRA regional employees. The lesson applies to fellows with projects where railway contracts are required for operation. In July 2008, FDOT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Amtrak that addressed the following issues: (1) bus bridge service; (2) service interruptions; (3) Negotiation of a contractual service agreement with Amtrak for the maintenance and maintenance of the CFCRT rail fleet at Amtrak`s AutoTrain facility; (4) the design of shared stations; and (5) the negotiation of an operating contract for amtrak service for Crown ownership. However, Amtrak and FDOT found themselves at an impasse in negotiations over the company agreement, primarily when it came to insurance. Subsequently, Amtrak terminated the letter of intent with FDOT in late February 2010 because this issue had not been resolved to Amtrak`s satisfaction. As a result, the project schedule for obtaining an FFGA was significantly affected, as this agreement had to be in effect and executed prior to the award of the FFGA. In December 2010, Amtrak and FDOT concluded negotiations on the company agreement. This agreement was signed by Amtrak with FDOT on January 25, 2011 to sign and execute the agreement in the near future prior to the award of the project`s FFGA.
In order to be considered for a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FGPA) in Phase 1 of the CFCRT project, FDOT had to enter into rail operating agreements with CSXT and Amtrak and complete the sale of the CSXT rail corridor. The appointment of a Chief Operating Officer applies to all Fellows who wish to operate commuter rail services or light rail transit services on common tracks (time separation) with freight railway operations. Other projects that have an extensive interface with the railway can also benefit from this type of expertise. Unless the recipient is a commuter rail operating unit and already has a chief operating officer within their organization, this position would be part of the recipient`s project development organization and the responsibilities of the chief operating officer will remain on the transit line until the start of revenue service. FDOT is developing the CFCRT project as an FTA Fellow. The FDOT has no experience as a railway operating authority. The OCMP realized that the recipient had an organizational weakness during the review of the PPMP. During the risk workshop, it was found that this lack of expertise represents a risk for the project. The PMOC recommended that the FDOT hire an experienced rail manager as the chief operating officer for the project.
FDOT promoted these services to its general engineering consultants. A company was chosen to provide the service and one person was seconded to help FDOT. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plans to build a transit system to serve communities in central Florida. The Central Florida Commuter Rail Transit (CFCRT) project (also known as SunRail) is a new 61-mile transit system that will serve 17 stations (full alternative). The project will operate along the existing CSX Transportation Line A (CSXT) corridor, which FDOT obtains from CSXT. The SunRail system operates entirely at ground level and shares the tracks with CSXT freight and Florida Central Railroad, as well as Amtrak`s intercity passenger train service. Therefore, operating agreements with these rail service providers are required. Fellows who develop new commuter rail transportation projects or other rail transportation projects related to railways may benefit from the early appointment of an experienced rail manager to work with railways and safety regulators. During the pre-PE review risk workshop, the PMOC identified a significant risk to the project if it moved to the next phase without technical knowledge of railway operations.
One of the key recommendations was that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) should use the services of an experienced railroad manager as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to provide operational information for planning and design activities, develop an operating plan for the construction phase, coordinate with other rail operators (CSXT, Amtrak) and develop a plan to comply with federal rules and rules administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Regulations to be followed. Note that this policy may change if the SEC manages to SEC.gov to ensure that the site operates efficiently and remains available to all users. In November 2007, FDOT and CSXT entered into negotiations and signed the Central Florida Operations and Management Agreement, the Transition Agreement and the Purchase Agreement. However, the closure of the sale of the corridor depended on the Florida State Legislature passing insurance regulation legislation for the CFCRT system. Originally, it was assumed that this bill would be passed by the Legislative Assembly during its 2008 session, but that did not happen. As a result, the legislation was rejected again in the next legislature in 2009. Local politics and vested interests played a role in the non-adoption of this law during the 2008 and 2009 legislatures. In early December 2009, this bill was finally passed in a special session of the Florida Legislature and signed by the Governor of Florida on December 16, 2009. FDOT was entered into in trust on the corridor on December 22, 2010 and will take control with the award of the FFGA. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or modify information on any part of this website are strictly prohibited and subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996 (see Title 18 U.S.C.