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May 2018





Part 1 : C&S Spending Report 2018: Introduction

Part 2 : C&S Spending Report 2018: Freight Railroads

Part 3 : C&S Spending Report 2018: Passenger Railroads

Rail News: C&S

C&S Spending Report 2018: Passenger Railroads



Alaska Railroad completed a new communication site on Bald Mountain in 2016.
Photo – Alaska Railroad Corp.

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Amtrak
2018 C&S budget: $102.5 million
2017 C&S budget: $69.2 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: For fiscal-year 2018, continue PTC projects on the Empire Corridor and Springfield Line.

Regional Transportation District of Denver
2018 C&S budget: $89.8 million systems budget for power, communications, overhead catenary system (OCS), signals and controls, plus $500,000 for C&S in rehab budget
2017 C&S budget: $22.4 million systems budget for power, communications, OCS, signals and controls
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Install duct bank, OCS, RH and signals on North Metro Line in Denver, Commerce City, Thornton and Northglenn, Colo., 12.5 miles; and work on parking garage, duct bank, OCS, traction power substations (TPSS), RH and signals for Southeast Rail Extension in Lone Tree, Colo., 2.3 miles. In addition, begin to revamp the signal system to include automatic train control (ATC), expect to finish in 5 years.

MTA Metro-North Railroad
2018 C&S budget: $85.67 million
2017 C&S budget: $58.47 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Installing an ACSES PTC system across entire network, $400 million; installing cab signaling on the Port Jervis Line (Suffern to Port Jervis), complete by mid-2020, $73 million; new cab signal system with PTC for Waterbury Branch that has no signal system now, 27 miles, complete by Dec. 2020, $108 million; replace signal system on the New Haven Line, milepost 29 to 43, complete by 2021, $88 million; cable replacement on Upper Hudson (express fiber, communications and power cables), milepost 35 to 75; and fiber cable upgrade (express fiber and communications cables) on the Harlem Line, milepost 12 to 53.

MTA Long Island Rail Road
2018 C&S budget: $72.6 million
2017 C&S budget: $171.9 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: New and ongoing projects include PTC, $126 million; centralized train control, $20 million; and normal signal replacement, $30 million.

Bay Area Rapid Transit
2018 C&S budget: $63,872,358
2017 C&S budget: $69,643,191
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: As part of first phase of 10-mile BART/VTA Silicon Valley extension, replace legacy Westinghouse multiplex speed encoding system with NS MUX microprocessor-based multiplex speed encoding system at specific locations; upgrade legacy train-control system to communications-based train control ($1.15 billion); and rebuild train control.

Metra
2018 C&S budget: $39.7 million signal, electrical and communications budget ($29.5 million for PTC)
2017 C&S budget: $42.5 million signal, electrical and communications budget ($30 million for PTC)
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Ongoing PTC installation and testing.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
2018 C&S budget: $24,281,280
2017 C&S budget: $22,974,958
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Upgrade the Metro Green Line train-control systems, $4,667,000.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
2018 C&S budget: $18,804,300
2017 C&S budget: $22,029,000
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) upgrade to update train control and power rooms with state-of-the-art electrical components and enhanced troubleshooting ability, $168 million, to end in FY2019.

In the early 2000s, a BART train approached signals on an aerial structure in San Francisco.
Bay Area Rapid Transit

Metrolink
2018 C&S budget: $17.2 million
2017 C&S budget: $16.3 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Rehab grade crossing predictor units and gate mechanisms in Orange Subdivision (Orange County Line, south of Orange Station); and rehab signal system logic controllers in San Gabriel Subdivision (San Bernardino Line). Total cost for projects is $4 million. Also, obtained a $10.5 million grant from the California State Transportation Agency in February to help modernize signals and track. The $16.3 million project calls for replacing aging mechanical signals with electrical units, installing new switches and crossovers, and upgrading track infrastructure near Los Angeles Union Station.

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (MetroRail)
2018 C&S budget: $13 million
2017 C&S budget: $3.8 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: High-visibility pavement markings, $2 million; interline OCS motor-operated disconnects, $1 million, and fining in FY2018; install switch upgrades at Fannin and Sunset; and install battery upgrades for C&S signal house cabinets along the Red Line.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
2018 C&S budget: $13 million
2017 C&S budget: $7 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Signal upgrades at priority locations, $2.3 million; and install an automatic train control system crossover at West Portal, a multiyear project, $5 million.

Port Authority Transit Corp.
2018 C&S budget: $7.3 million
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Substation equipment replacement, $2.5 million; center tower relocation to Lindenwold Shop, $1.3 million; Lindenwold Shop DC power upgrade, $1 million; complete upgrade of center tower SCADA software, $600,000; back-up generators installation, $593,000; and camera and parking lot entry gate rewiring, $561,000.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit
2018 C&S budget: $6.2 million, communications operating budget; $5.8 million, signals operating budget
2017 C&S budget: $5.5 million, communications operating budget; $5.5 million, signals operating budget
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Communications SCADA control system upgrade, $3.6 million; two-way radio purchase, $304,000; communications house rehab — SS and phase 1, $109,000; and SIG battery backup replacement for phase 1, $210,000.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
2018 C&S budget: About $3 million
2017 C&S budget: About $2 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Train-to-wayside communications system upgrade, $800,000; Guadalupe signal/SCADA system replacement, about $700,000; SCADA/Geisys software upgrade, $500,000; CAD-AVL update, $500,000; LR Ring communications equipment upgrade, $300,000; and SCADA/TVM separation, $300,000.

Valley Metro
2018 C&S budget: $837,000
2017 C&S budget: $1.2 million
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Upgrade computers for fare vending machine, $520,000.

Rio Metro Regional Transit District/New Mexico Rail Runner Express
2018 C&S budget: Factored into annual contract, with an additional $189,000 for materials
2017 C&S budget: Same as above
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Installing a 1500-foot siding with power switches as part of signals project, $1.3 million, should start in October and be completed by December; also, Amtrak has received TIGER VII funding to improve a segment between Lamy and Madrid, N.M, that involves replacing the signal system, a damaged culvert, and half a mile of track with a slide fence and warning signal, $16 million, work also to be done in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
2018 C&S budget: Not provided
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: PTC implementation on the commuter railroad is substantially complete. Have initiated a multi-year program to install PTC on the Media/Sharon Hill suburban trolley lines. As part of the resiliency program, are reinforcing the signal power system for the Chestnut Hill West, West Trenton and Warminster lines, and the Doylestown Branch of the commuter railroad.

Chicago Transit Authority
2018 C&S budget: Not provided
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Continue upgrading Ravenswood Connector signal system, which is 40 years old, $32.6 million, work began in late 2016 and is projected to conclude in late 2018. Coupled with a $90 million track and infrastructure renewal project completed in the area in winter 2015, the signal upgrade will support safer, faster and more reliable rail service.

Trinity Railway Express
2018 C&S budget: Not provided
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Continue to post progress on PTC implementation in the DFW subdivision and propose to be in revenue service demonstration in late 2018.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District
2018 C&S budget: Not provided
2017 C&S budget: Not provided
Major C&S projects planned in 2018: Catenary replacement on 6.5 miles in LaPorte County, Indiana, $2 million.

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