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April 2017





Part 1 : 2017 MOW Spending Report

Part 2 : 2017 MOW Spending Report - Class Is

Part 3 : 2017 MOW Spending Report - Regionals/Short Lines

Part 4 : 2017 MOW Spending Report - Passenger Railroads

Rail News: Amtrak

2017 MOW Spending Report - Passenger Railroads



More subway infrastructure work is on tap for MTA New York City Transit this year, including the reconstruction of 1.3 track miles on the agency’s Concourse Line.
Photo – MTA New York City Transit

Chicago Transit Authority

2017 MOW capital budget: $1.13 billion
2016 MOW capital budget: $366.37 million
Reasons for increase: The higher capital budget reflects a variety of projects, including ongoing work associated with the $492 million Your New Blue O’Hare branch modernization project and, most notably, the receipt of matching federal funds for phase 1 of the Red Purple Modernization (RPM) project that’s estimated at $2.1 billion. Funding of $113.7 million previously was allocated for RPM phase 1 and an additional $1.7 billion is programmed in the current 5-year (2017-2021) capital improvement plan.
Significant rail/track projects: RPM — the largest capital improvement project in CTA’s history — calls for completely rebuilding the nearly century-old North Red Line from Belmont to Howard, and the Purple Line from Belmont to Linden in Wilmette, Ill. First phase improvements include the construction of a Red-Purple bypass in Belmont to address capacity constraints; the rebuilding of 1.3 miles of track, support structures, bridges and viaducts from Leland Ave. to near Ardmore Ave.; and the reconstruction of 4 Red Line stations. Work might begin in late 2017.
Ties: Install a number of creosote-soaked wood ties and concrete half-ties.
Stations/facilities: Ongoing work on 95th Street Terminal, $240 million, involves new terminal buildings, additional escalators and elevators, and expanded platforms, began in fall 2014 and is slated to conclude in late 2018; ongoing work to replace Wilson Station on the Red Line that was built in 1923, $203 million, involves reconstructing 2,200 feet of century-old elevated tracks, began in late 2014 and is expected to conclude in fall 2017; ongoing construction of the new Washington/Wabash Station to combine 2 century-old elevated stations on the Loop, $75 million, began in March 2015 and slated to finish in June 2017; ongoing rehab of Illinois Medical District Station, $23 million, includes upgrades to all 3 station entrances, began in September 2016 and slated for completion in late 2017; and Quincy Station accessibility improvements, $15.7 million, involves the addition of 2 new elevators, to begin in spring 2017.
Electrical/mechanical work: Upgrades to East Lake, Milwaukee and Illinois substations, which date back to 1910, $42.9 million, begin in spring 2017 and complete in spring 2020; and upgrade Ravenswood Connector signal, $32.6 million, involves replacement of 40-year-old signal system, began in late 2016 and slated for completion in late 2018.

Amtrak

2017 MOW capital budget: $1 billion
2016 MOW capital budget: $980 million
Reasons for increase: Allows for the implementation of full-year major track programs that include mechanized Track Laying Machine (TLM) replacement of concrete ties and the undercutter full ballast replacement on the Northeast Corridor (NEC); continues a high-speed rail project between Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J.; provides funding to continue the Springfield double-track project in Connecticut; helps advance the design of major structures and facilities; and provides for finalization of construction activities for Hudson Yard concrete encasement project in New York and advancement of preliminary design for the Hudson Tunnel from Secaucus, N.J., to Manhattan, N.Y.
Rail: Install 62 rail miles of new continuous-welded rail (CWR) and 13 miles of new track.
Significant rail/track projects: Install 22 miles of new CWR on Michigan Line; 30 rail miles of new CWR via TLM at various locations in the Mid-Atlantic and New York divisions; 6 miles of new CWR between the Dock and Erie interlockings in New Jersey; 3 miles of new track on Albany Line in New York; and 10 miles of new track on Springfield Line in Connecticut. Also, 19 miles of undercutting on Mid-Atlantic Division in Maryland.
Ties: Install 97,000 wood and 47,000 concrete ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install
33 turnouts in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey; also additional turnouts to be installed by divisions in the NEC and at various yards systemwide.
Bridge work: Continue preliminary design, which is nearing completion for new B&P Tunnel and replacement of Susquehanna River Bridge in Maryland, $22 million; and initiate preliminary engineering for replacement of Pelham Bay Bridge in New York, along with preliminary design for Connecticut River Bridge, $750,000.
Stations/facilities: Continue renovating facade ($30 million) and replacing fire alarm ($9 million) at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia; conduct preliminary design for Hudson Tunnel from Secaucus to Manhattan under Gateway program, $24.5 million; advance engineering for design and construction of maintenance of equipment facility at Sunnyside Yard in New York, $10 million; and advance engineering for new generation high-speed rail facility in Washington, D.C., $3.5 million.
Electrical/mechanical work: Continue constructing a Metuchen frequency converter facility in New Jersey, $19.3 million; and continue a joint program to upgrade the Safe Harbor frequency
converter in Pennsylvania, $13.3 million.

Regional Transportation District of Denver

2017 MOW capital budget: $514.2 million (per FTA standard cost categories, including guideway and track elements; stations, terminals and stops; support facilities; sitework; systems; vehicles; and rights of way, land and existing improvements)
2016 MOW capital budget: $439.2 million (per FTA standard cost categories, including guideway and track elements; stations, terminals and stops; support facilities; sitework; systems; vehicles; and rights of way, land and existing improvements)
Reasons for increase: Although the FasTracks Program is ramping down through completion in 2019, two projects with substantial construction remaining are ramping up in 2017.
Rail: Install 12.5 miles of track on the North Metro Red Line and 2.3 miles on the Southeast Rail Extension.
Significant rail/track projects: Installed 10.8 miles of track on the I-225 Line in Aurora, Colo., $687 million, opened in February; install 11.2 miles of track on the Gold-G Line in Denver area, $562 million, open in 2017; install 12.5 miles of track on North Metro (N) Line in Denver area, $764 million, open in 2018; and install 2.3 miles of track for Southeast Rail Extension in Lone Tree, Colo., $207 million, open in 2019.
Ties: Install 29,130 concrete ties on North Metro Line (27,000) and for Southeast Rail Extension (2,130).
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install 8 turnouts on North Metro Line and 1 crossover switch on Central Line, and replace 2 switches on Central Line.
Bridge work: Continue to build 9,528-foot Skyway bridge in Commerce City and Denver, started in June 2015, $24.8 million; continue to build 3 bridges in Lone Tree that began in 2016, $12.2 million; continue to construct 4 bridges in Denver that started in 2016, $8.97 million; continue to construct 3 bridges in Thornton and Northglenn/Thornton that started in 2015 and 2016, $4.8 million; and continue to rehab a bridge in Commerce City, work began in March 2016, $561,300.
Stations/facilities: Continue to build 6 commuter-rail at-grade stations in Commerce City, Denver, Northglenn and Thornton, work began in late 2015, 2016 or early 2017, $8.8 million; continue to construct 3 light-rail at-grade stations in Lone Tree, work began in February and March 2017, $16.5 million; and build a parking garage in Lone Tree, $20.6 million.
Electrical/mechanical work: Perform duct bank, occupancy control system (OCS), RH and signal work on North Metro Red Line; and perform parking garage, duct bank, OCS, traction power substation, RH and signal work for Southeast Rail Extension.

MTA New York City Transit

2017 MOW capital budget: $293.87 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $360.48 million
Reason for decrease: Focused on installing
CWR in critical areas in 2015 and 2016 — a total of 14.2 track miles of worn jointed rails and obsolete plates were replaced with new CWR and plates.
Rail: Rehab, replace or install 9.86 track miles of mainline and 0.3 track miles of yard track.
Significant rail/track projects: Install 0.79 track miles of type III panels and 0.34 miles of track reconstruction work on the Jerome line, $23.82 million; and reconstruct 1.28 track miles of subway on the Concourse line, $27.25 million.
Ties: Replace or install 16,450 wood (oak) ties; also install 20,180 oak and 1,760 concrete ties, and Ekki tie blocks for a total of 38,390 ties and tie blocks.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install 27 mainline switches and 4 yard switches, with 20 switches to be installed on elevated structure and 7 in subway.
Stations/facilities: Began work in March on first 3 stations of modernization project involving more than 30 stations, involves renovations to Prospect Avenue, Bay Ridge Avenue and 53rd Street stations on R line in Brooklyn, $72.1 million, design-build contractor is Citnalta-Forte Joint Venture, to be completed by year’s end.
Electrical/mechanical work: Projects in both 2016 and 2017 include or included key-by timers (phase 4), $12.1 million; AC to DC (phase 2B), $8.4 million; control line extension (phase 6), $9.6 million; CBTC (rolled out in 2016), $10.7 million; and pre-construction on 8th Avenue Line (59th to High Street) in 2017, $1.2 million.

Metra

2017 MOW capital budget: $158 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $127 million
Reasons for increase: Additional funds were budgeted for yard improvements and for the installation of a PTC system.
Rail: 4.5 miles of in-track welding.
Ties: Replace or install 40,000 wood ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Work on Lake Street interlocker near the Ogilvie Terminal Station, where 3 Metra lines operated by UP converge.
Bridge work: Replace single-track Bridge Z-100 built in 1881 over the Fox River in Elgin on the Milwaukee West Line with a double-track bridge, start in fourth quarter, $34 million ($14 million to be funded by Metra); replace 11 more than century-old bridges along UP-North Line between Grace and Balmoral streets in Chicago and complete inbound portion of Ravenswood Station, start 30-month project in second quarter, about $45 million; and rehab 4 bridges on Rock Island Line, with the work typically including the reconstruction of steel sheet piling, concrete panels or the bin wall to prevent deterioration of the above roadbed.*
Stations/facilities: Complete yard improvements in all districts, $28.5 million; replace Healy Station and upgrade station facilities on the Milwaukee North Line, $7.3 million; replace Calumet Station and upgrade station facilities on the Metra Electric Line, began in first quarter, $5 million; and build new Romeoville Station on the Heritage Corridor, $5 million.
Electrical/mechanical work: Augment traction power system on the Metra Electric Line through the conversion of the 51st Street tie station to a substation by adding 12 kv switchgear, transformers and rectifiers.
* Some information from Metra press releases issued in February and March

MTA Long Island Rail Road

2017 MOW capital budget: $75 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $65 million
Reasons for increase: Executing 2 concrete tie programs and doubling the quantity of wood ties to be installed during the mechanized tie program compared with the 2016 program.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 5 miles of rail.
Significant rail/track projects: Rail and concrete tie replacement on the Montauk Branch (Rocky to Port), install concrete ties along 10 miles of track, $28.5 million; wood tie replacement along 11 miles of the Montauk Branch (Merrick to Babylon and Speonk to East Hampton), $13.3 million; and CWR replacement at various locations throughout the Babylon Branch, $4.6 million.
Double-track project: Build an additional track from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma to support ridership growth, first phase involved adding 4.7 miles of track between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma using a new track construction machine, second phase is underway and involves the remaining 7.9 miles of new second track from Central Islip to Farmingdale and signal installation between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.
Ties: Install 31,380 wood and 25,000 concrete ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install 5 No. 10 and 3 No. 15 switches on the Main Line, $4.4 million.
Bridge work: The 2017 program includes structural renewal, waterproofing and painting work, and complete replacement of several rail bridges in locations that include Glendale, Long Beach, Queens, Queens Village and Westbury, N.Y., $40.6 million, to start in third and fourth quarters, in addition to other work that continued from 2016 into 2017’s first and second quarters.
Stations/facilities: The 2017 program includes station rehabs, platform and platform railing replacements, signage and elevator installations at various stations; also work has started to build an additional platform at Jamaica Station and rehab Hicksville Station, $240 million.
Note: All MOW data pertains to the 2017 annual track program only.

The 2017 MOW program for Santa Clara VTA includes the installation of 12 switches, 6 turnouts, 3 interlockings and 2 crossovers in San Jose and Santa Clara, Calif.
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

MTA Metro-North Railroad

2017 MOW capital budget: $73 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $50 million
Reasons for increase: About $21 million is budgeted for improvements to West of Hudson undergrade bridges, including the Moodna and Woodbury viaducts.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 15 miles of rail.
Significant rail/track project: Begin undercutting on the inner New Haven Line, $500,000.
Ties: Install 44,200 wood ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install 5 turnouts and 3 double-slip switches in Grand Central terminal, and 10 crossovers, 5 turnouts, 1 double-slip switch and 1 diamond along the right of way.
Bridge work: Perform steel and concrete repairs to 13 undergrade bridges; install new timber decks on 17 undergrade bridges; and install steel headblock ties, timber decks and new miter rails at 3 moveable bridges, 1 track each.
Stations/facilities: Paint, install benches and upgrade station lighting to LED lights at Tuckahoe and Fleetwood stations.
Electrical/mechanical work: Perform power system improvements around the territory, $35 million; Connecticut DOT continues to replace the original catenary system on the New Haven Line and should complete the work in 2018.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

2017 MOW capital budget: $58 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $58 million
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 6 miles of rail.
Significant rail/track project: Twin Peaks Tunnel track replacement, 4 miles, $58 million; and M-Ocean View track replacement at 19th Avenue and Roosmoor Drive, 1.2 miles, $9.5 million. Both projects are within the limits of the city and county of San Francisco.
Ties: Install 11,000 wood and 11,000 composite ties during various track projects.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Multi-year Green Light Center rail replacement project (costing $39 million) includes the replacement of 57 turnouts and several interlockings in addition to the replacement of tracks; and the Twin Peaks Tunnel track replacement project (costing $58 million) includes the replacement of 8 turnouts and several interlockings in addition to the replacement of tracks.
Stations/facilities: Muni Metro East five-track extension project, phase 2, includes the construction of new track, overhead catenary and a traction power system, $17 million.
Electrical/mechanical work: Muni Metro Subway electrical and mechanical improvements program, $1.5 million.

Sound Transit

2017 MOW capital budget: $55,265,000
2016 MOW capital budget: $91,418,125
Reasons for decrease: Completed and advanced major capital projects under Sound Transit 2 the past several years, including the University Link and South 200th Link extensions, and Northgate Link. Also, have broken ground for East Link extension.
Rail: Install 8.6 miles of light rail for Northgate Link extension, starting in 2018, and install 15.8 miles of commuter-rail track.
Significant rail/track projects: The 4.3-mile Northgate Link light-rail extension between the University of Washington and Northgate Mall, $1.9 billion, opens in 2021; the 14-mile East Link light-rail extension between Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond, $3.7 billion, opens in 2023; the 8.5-mile Lynnwood Link light-rail extension between Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood, $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion (preliminary estimate), opens in 2023; the 7.8-mile Federal Way Link light-rail extension between SeaTac and Federal Way, $1.54 billion to $1.62 billion (preliminary estimate), opens in 2024; the 2.4-mile Tacoma Link light-rail extension in Tacoma (budget and opening TBA); and the 14.5-mile Point Defiance Bypass in Lakewood and Dupont in conjunction with the Washington State DOT and Amtrak, $89.1 million, service reroute to begin in third quarter.
Ties: Install 255 concrete ties for MOW track at Northgate Link’s Maple Leaf Portal, starting 2018/2019.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install 5 No. 10 turnouts and 2 No. 10 double crossovers for Northgate Link, starting 2018/2019; install 2 new power switches for trestle project.
Bridge work: Replace single-track, century-old timber trestle in Tacoma with 0.65-mile, double-track, concrete bridge, $61 million, begin in fall and complete in 2018.
Stations/facilities: Advance Sounder commuter station access improvement projects, including a new 503-stall garage and 166-stall surface lot at Puyallup to open in 2021 and other improvements to be done by 2023, $60.2 million; a new 623-stall garage at Sumner to open in 2021 and other improvements to be done by 2023, $52.4 million; and work at Kent and Auburn that has yet to be planned or budgeted. Also, plan to build a 40,000-square-foot Sounder maintenance facility to house 6 bays and store 14 locomotives, 40 coaches and 27 cab cars, $80 million (planning estimate), to open in 2021.
Electrical/mechanical work: Install permanent dry standpipe system in Northgate Link tunnel, including hangers and supports, fire hose, drain and sectionalizing valves, and air and vacuum; install tunnel track drainage pumping station piping and appurtenances; install electrical infrastructure in tunnels and cross passages; and install and test 26 kv cables in tunnel, starting in 2018.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

2017 MOW capital budget: $44,423,364
2016 MOW capital budget: $67,825,341
Reason for decrease: Budget constraints.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Replace
26 turnouts.
Stations/facilities: Systemwide corrosion protection, $2.04 million; Metro Blue Line (MBL) pedestrian and swing gate project, $882,509; MBL rail replacement and reboot, $741,809; and Metro Blue Station refurbishments, $158,703.
Electrical/mechanical work: Supervisory control and data acquisition, $1.59 million; emergency trip systems replacement, $1.04 million; and fire control panel upgrade, $780,589.

Bay Area Rapid Transit

2017 MOW capital budget: $32 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $24 million
Reasons for increase: Infrastructure improvements as well as programmed rehab projects.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 10 miles.
Major rail project: System rail replacement program.
Ties: Install 2,000 concrete and wood ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Replace 5 turnouts and 1 interlocking.
Stations/facilities: Install canopies on outdoor escalators.
Electrical/mechanical work: Multiple 34.5Kv cable replacement projects on the M and A lines.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

2017 MOW capital budget: $20,603,000 (plus track slabs and ready reserve costs)
2016 MOW capital budget: $18,048,000 (plus track slabs and AC track costs)
Reasons for increase: Due to TRIV design cost, tunnel ventilation system work, aging infrastructure and focus on state of good repair.
Rail: Normal rail plug installation usually equates to 2,000 lineal feet per year.
Significant rail/track projects: Tunnel ventilation system budgeted at $20.35 million this fiscal year while $20.6 million budgeted for trackway renovation phase IV mostly is for purchasing materials and the staging process.
Ties: Normal maintenance involving 50 to 100 ties.
Bridge work: Ongoing Volkert structural inspection to assist the internal structural inspection team and a pedestrian bridge rehab project.
Stations/facilities: Auto parking control systems, $3.5 million; station concession stands, $1.7 million; and airport station enhancements, $850,000.
Electrical/mechanical work: Auxiliary, traction power and UPS upgrades and replacements.

Port Authority Transit Corp. (PATCO)

2017 MOW capital budget: $18,261,000
2016 MOW capital budget: $26,643,000
Reasons for decrease: Scheduling track time with competing construction and operations interests, finishing larger project and commencing of new construction contracts.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 11 track miles.
Significant rail/track projects: Replace direct-fixation track system on the Westmont Viaduct in Haddon Township, N.J., and Lindenwold Viaduct in Lindenwold, N.J.; intermediate track improvements in the Camden and Philadelphia subways; embankment restoration along right of way; and resurfacing of mainline tracks.
Ties: Install 2,000 direct-fixation plinths and 500 wood ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Replace direct-fixation system at Westmont Viaduct, $14 million, started in August 2015 and slated for completion in November; change out components at 1 Camden subway interlocking, begin in fall or winter 2017; and rehab Lindenwold yard and viaduct, begin in fall or winter 2017.
Bridge work: Westmont and Lindenwold viaduct track rehabs; and rehab of Evesham and Lindenwold pedestrian bridges, $850,000, begin in fall or winter 2017.
Stations/facilities: Woodcrest Station parking lot paving and subsurface improvements in Cherry Hill, N.J., start in late 2017; Collingswood Station drainage improvements and storm drainage system replacement in Collingswood, N.J., begin in mid-2017; and installation of elevators at 6 stations, start in mid- to late 2017.
Electrical/mechanical work: Complete Center Tower SCADA software upgrade; replace substation equipment; install back-up generators; modify track circuits; upgrade Lindenwold shop’s DC power; rewire cameras and parking lot entry gates; and replace station and parking lot lighting with LED fixtures.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

2017 MOW capital budget: $17 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $19 million
Reason for decrease: Last year included 3 bridge rehabs and 1 bridge center span replacement.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 1 mile.
Significant rail/track projects: Rebuild 1,700 feet of track at 10th/11th Street in Michigan City, Ind., $500,000; undercut 3 miles of track in Gary, Ind., $750,000.
Ties: Install 12,000 timber ties.
Bridge work: Painting, waterproofing and drainage work at Broadway Bridge in Gary, $850,000; concrete bridge deck replacement at Kensington Subway in Kensington, Ill., $1 million.
Stations/facilities: Elevator, stairs, roofing and lighting work at Gary Metro Center, $925,000; remodel restrooms in Hegewisch, Ind., $50,000; and concrete low-level platform work at Gary International Airport, $50,000.
Electrical/mechanical work: Rehab Madison Substation in Gary, $1.7 million; catenary feeder wire replacement in LaPorte County, Ind., $250,000.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

2017 MOW capital budget: $12 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $18 million
Reasons for decrease: The majority of work anticipated for 2016 was deferred to 2017 to finalize design and priorities. This year, the agency continues performing assessments that might lead to the potential rehab and replacement of critical light-rail infrastructure in the next few years.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 1 mile.
Significant rail/track projects: (All work in San Jose or Santa Clara, Calif.) Install 1 crossover, 2 turnouts and 4 switches at Karina Station; install 2 switch points at Woz Way; replace and rehab rail at various locations; install 2 turnouts at Chynoweth; install a crossover at Clayton; replace 4 switches at Tasman Drive, Patrick Henry and Santa Clara; replace 8 compromise joints at Hedding and Taylor; and replace 2 traction power substations at Tasman and Japantown/Ayer.
Ties: Install 50 wood ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install 12 switches, 6 turnouts, 3 interlockings and 2 crossovers in San Jose and Santa Clara.
Bridge work: MSE wall repair at Hamilton Station in Campbell, Calif., design to be completed in mid-2017 with advertisement for construction anticipated in late 2017.
Stations/facilities: Perform light-rail vehicle maintenance, body shop hoist and wall work at Younger Ave. in San Jose, $3 million; and install CCTV cameras at various locations and some fencing along Tasman Drive and N. 1st Street in San Jose, $1 million.
Electrical/mechanical work: Expect to replace 2 traction power substations in 2017.

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (MetroRail)

2017 MOW capital budget: $10.1 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $583,000
Reason for increase: Rehab work.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 2 miles.
Significant rail/track projects: Replace about 2 miles of ties at Rail Operating Center Yard.
Ties: Replace 4,000 timber ties with composite ties.
Electrical/mechanical work: Upgrade underground traction power pull boxes.

Valley Metro

2017 MOW capital budget: $8 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $1.74 million
Reason for increase: Replacement of SCADA control center — the user interface is no longer supported and will reach the end of its life in December.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Have ordered 20 switches to replace older generation switches throughout the alignment.
Bridge work: Inspections performed by contractor annually.
Stations/facilities: Install a generator for emergency backup of the Operations Control Center, to be completed by July.
Electrical/mechanical work: Replace 20 contact embedded switches with HY-300 machines.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

2017 MOW capital budget: $7.8 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $11.1 million
Reason for decrease: Budgeting for FY2017 was more because of the construction of the new Courthouse Station, which has a budget of $5.7 million.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 0.8 miles.
Significant rail/track project: Orange Line track improvements, $3.4 million, 180 days to complete.
Ties: Install 320 concrete ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Replaced 2 No. 10 turnouts during signaling upgrades and 1 No. 10 turnout with signaling added on the Orange Line and Bayside.
Bridge work: H Street Bridge design to stabilize the existing bridge, $300,000.
Stations/facilities: Construct new downtown Courthouse Station, $5.7 million; and rehab El Cajon Transit Center facilities, $700,000, which involves new shelters, lighting, benches and trash cans.
Electrical/mechanical work: Replace substation DC breaker, replace feeder cable at substations, install new variable message signs across all trolley lines and complete design only for Orange Line approach and signal.

Trinity Railway Express

2017 MOW capital budget: $5 million (rail, tie and undercutting program)
2016 MOW capital budget: $4.4 million (rail and tie replacement program)
Reason for increase: While developing a long-term strategy for a state of good repair, it was determined that additional MOW capital was required in 2017 versus 2016 MOW capital planning.
Rail: Replace 2.2 miles of track.
Significant rail/track project: Valley View double-track project, which includes building a 1.5-mile second mainline track in Irving, Texas.
Ties: Install 7,261 composite ties.
Bridge work: Build Bear Creek double-track bridge structure, which is part of the Valley View double-track project; replace a 250-foot, single-track, double-lattice truss bridge built in 1903 with a new double-track, rolled-beam structure, released RFP in March, $8.5 million; and replace a three-timber span bridge with a single steel beam, concrete ballast deck structure, released RFP in March, $1.5 million.
Stations/facilities: Install standardized wayfinding and safety signage at 10 station platforms, $250,000; and install fall protection at equipment maintenance facility, $100,000.
Electrical/mechanical: Overhaul 6 bi-level coaches, 2 bi-level cab cars and 2 locomotives. Plan to issue solicitations in 2017.

Charlotte Area Transit System

2017 MOW capital budget: $2 million
2016 MOW capital budget: $1.55 million
Reason for increase: Additional funding for track grinding/profile work.
Significant rail/track project: Continue work on rail extension from downtown Charlotte to University of North Carolina at Charlotte, approximate trackwork cost is $26 million.
Ties: Install about 40,000 concrete ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install 7 interlockings.
Bridge work: Minor maintenance work/repairs were recommended by 2016 bridge inspections completed at a cost of $200,000.
Stations/facilities: Continue construction of Blue Line extension platform, $20.2 million; continue constructing North Yard building that’s scheduled to open in June, $11.3 million; and complete Blue Line capacity expansion project that calls for extending 4 stations from a 2-car to a 3-car train platform, $5 million.
Electrical/mechanical work: Complete such work associated with the Blue Line extension, North Yard building and Blue Line capacity expansion project.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit

2017 MOW capital budget: $356,000
2016 MOW capital budget: $288,000
Reasons for increase: Need to replace rubber grade crossing panels on the starter system at Polk, Stella and Cadiz that have been in service for more than their 20-year expected lifecycle, and expansion joints on the Trinity River Bridge have failed and replacement is necessary.
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 4.4 miles.
Significant rail/track project: Add 2.9 miles of track to complete SOC-3, anticipated opening in first-quarter 2017, $12.35 million; and extend Dallas streetcar line by 1.5 miles, anticipated opening in first-quarter 2017.
Ties: Install 800 to 1,000 wood and composite ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install 2 turnouts in Dallas’ downtown Central Business District and 1 crossing diamond in downtown Southeast Junction.
Bridge work: Replace expansion joints on Trinity River Bridge that have failed and are leaking water onto the levee below causing erosion, $115,000, start in July. Replacement is necessary to comply with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers requirements to prevent water runoff.
Stations/facilities: Replace concrete at stations, $273,000; build 400-foot platform extensions to accommodate 3-car train consists at 27 stations; rehab Ledbetter Station as part of SOC-3 build-out; add 2 stations on the SOC-3 line; and build 3 additional stations along the streetcar line.
Electrical/mechanical: TES tunnel lights phase 2, $284,912, involves replacing an additional 547 light units as part of a continued lifecycle replacement project.

MTA Staten Island Railway

2017 MOW capital budget: $60,000
2016 MOW capital budget: $60,000
Rail: Replace, rehab or install 1 mile.
Significant rail/track project: St. George
interlocking.
Ties: Install 2,978 composite ties.
Switches/turnouts/interlockings: Install
12 switches as part of the St. George interlocking project.
Electrical/mechanical: Continue work on Prince’s Bay substation, work is 95 percent complete and substation is expected to come on line in June; and continue to advance the Tottenville power substation project that began in the first quarter and involves improving traction power requirements in preparation for a new car fleet.

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