Northern Rail Extension Project FAQ's
The following list contains frequently asked questions about the Northern Rail Extension Project:
Why do we need an extension?
The extension will provide bulk transports of goods and all-weather mass transit service to and from communities along the route.
The extension will be approximately 80 miles, from Moose Creek on the Richardson Highway to the vicinity of Delta Junction. There are also previsions for a spur track to the Blair Lakes Facility in the Tanana Flats Training Area.
How long is the new track?
How fast will the trains go?
Mass transit passenger trains will move up to 79 miles-per-hour, while freight trains will travel up to 60 miles-per-hour.
How is the project financed?
Construction costs are estimated at $500-$700 million. ARRC anticipates the project will be financed primarily through revenue bonds, although additional sources are being sought.
When will the project be completed?
ARRC initiated conceptual development in 2004. The Surface Transportation Board, the lead federal agency for the Northern Rail Extension Project, issued Record of Decision in January 2010. Construction on Phase One began in August 2011 and is expected to be complete by mid-2014. Design, permitting and construction for phases two through four is funding dependent.
What is the difference between the rail extension and the rail alignment?
The extension will add 80 miles of new track between Moose Creek and the Delta Junction area. The alignment covers a 16 mile area of existing track between Ft. Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. The realignment will enhance safety by eliminating up to 28 at-grade railroad crossings of the Richardson Highway.