Capital Projects

Current Capital Initiative Program 2015

Metra’s 2015 Core Capital program is funded through Federal Formula/State of Good Repair funds ($156.6 million). Other sources of funds that supplement Metra’s capital program include federal CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) funding ($4 million), Regional Transportation Authority State of Good Repair capital bond funds ($45 million), and ICE funds ($13.3 million). The plan also calls for the continuation of Metra’s Capital Farebox Fund ($10 million) and Metra financing ($100 million).

The absence of a fully authorized state capital program and delays in the renewal of a long-term federal transportation funding have limited the available capital dollars available for Metra to maintain infrastructure and rolling stock. The result is a continued reliance on Metra “self-help” and other local funds to support its capital funding needs and a growing backlog of capital projects.

Metra must submit to the RTA a balanced one-and five-year capital program. As part of the 2015 and 2016-2019 programs, Metra plans to apply the first $100 million in Metra financing as follows:

Rail Car Rehabilitation $7.7 million
Locomotive Rehabilitation $4.3 million
Yard Improvements – 49th Street $20.0 million
Positive Train Control (PTC) $68.0 million

Line Abbreviations
Line Name Shown as
BNSF Railway BNS
Heritage Corridor HC
Metra Electric District MED
Milwaukee District MWD
North Central Service NCS
Rock Island District RID
System-wide non-line specific MET
Union Pacific UPR

Rolling Stock

PE 4906 CAR REHAB, MET
This project involves the life-extending rehabilitation of commuter rail cars. Some of these cars were built by Budd Company between 1974 and 1978 and were last rehabilitated by the Chicago & Northwestern between Sept. 21, 1990 and Jan. 5, 1993. Metra financing will be used for this project in FY 2015.

PE 4904 LOCOMOTIVE REHAB, MET
This project involves mid-life rehabilitation of locomotives. This rehabilitation is required to maintain a state of good repair and ensure continued reliable service and is part of an ongoing program to rehabilitate locomotives. Metra financing will be used in FY 2015 for the project.

PE 4806 LOCOMOTIVE MID LIFE REHAB, MET
This project is for the mid-life rehabilitation of up to 10 locomotives that are among those delivered new in the early 2000s using State of Illinois Bond funds. This rehabilitation will enable these locomotives to reach their useful life of 25 years with a minimum of maintenance on major components.

PE 4901 TRACTION MOTORS-REBUILD, MET
This project funds the overhaul of traction motors and traction alternators for locomotives. This project also involves the overhaul of auxiliary generators and head end power alternators. The overhauled equipment will be used on locomotives operated on railroads either owned or operated by Metra. These traction motors and alternators were originally placed in service between 1974 and 2003 and are showing signs of deterioration. A basic overhaul is required to return these motors to an acceptable level of performance.

PE 4704 CAR REHAB AMERAIL (P5), MET
This project involves the upgrading and rehabilitation (midlife overhaul) of 30 of the remaining commuter rail cars built by Morrison-Knudsen/Amerail not rehabilitated by one of the preceding Amerail car rehab projects. This is the next-to-last phase of this project. These cars have not undergone any type of programmed overhaul prior to this project. The cars were built between 1996 and 1997 by the Morrison Knudsen or Amerail Company. They will be 16 to 17 years old prior to the start of rehabilitation under this project, and their major components are beginning to wear out.

PE 4711 HOTEL POWER MODIFICATION, MET
This project will modify 12 MP36 locomotives by replacing the main engine-driven generator inverter combination that provides hotel power for the train consists with a separate engine/generator set. The locomotives provide service on the Rock Island and Milwaukee lines.

PE 4910 CAR REHAB AMERAIL (P6), MET
This project involves the upgrading and rehabilitation (mid-life overhaul) of 30 of the remaining commuter rail cars built by Morrison-Knudsen/Amerail not rehabilitated by one of the preceding Amerail car rehab projects. This is the last phase of this project. These cars have not undergone any type of programmed overhaul prior to this project. These cars were built between 1996 and 1997 by the Morrison Knudsen or Amerail Company. They will be 18 to 19 years old prior to rehabilitation under this project, and their major components are beginning to wear out.

PE 4909 CAR REHAB (NIPPON SHARYO, P1)
This project involves the mid-life rehabilitation of up to 26 multiple unit bi-level electric cars. The cars were built by the Nippon-Sharyo Corporation and delivered between 2005 and 2006. This is the first major rehabilitation of these commuter cars.

PE 4908 MU CAR IMPROVEMENTS
This project involves the purchase of parts and equipment that will be needed for the rehabilitation and restoration of the 26 electric cars that were ordered in 2002 and delivery began in 2005/6.

TRACK AND STRUCTURE

PE 4915 TIES AND BALLAST, BNS
PE 4912 TIES AND BALLAST, MED
PE 4917 TIES AND BALLAST, MWD
PE 4918 TIES AND BALLAST, RID
PE 4919 TIES AND BALLAST, UPR
These projects consist of the replacement of cross ties, switch ties and ballast. In order to maintain proper track gauge and surface, it is necessary to replace ties and ballast periodically. This improves the riding quality of the trains and reduces the incidence of slow orders, which adversely affect adherence to train schedules. This represents part of an ongoing program to replace ties and ballast throughout the commuter territory.

PE 4921 RAIL GRINDING, MET
PE 4922 RAIL GRINDING, UPR
These projects consist of on-site grinding of rail that has been recently installed at various locations. This includes second-hand rail, corrugated rail and in-track welded rail. Grinding removes mill scale and corrects irregularities from field and plant welding. Corrugation reduces the useful life of the rail and accelerates the deterioration of the rolling stock. Grinding creates a uniform rail profile and prevents corrugation.

PE 4927 RAIL, BNS
This project will provide for the installation of rail and switches on the BNSF commuter line. The project also includes the renewal of switch points at various locations along the BNSF railroad, the replacement of switch machines, and the replacement of turnouts. The high density of freight and commuter traffic, including extensive express service, requires close monitoring and periodic replacement of switches and switch machines. Turnouts must be inspected and replaced frequently to protect against derailment. While minor defects in switch points and turnouts can be remedied with field welding, replacement over time is required to ensure reliable operations.

PE 4933 RAIL, UPR
This project consists of the installation of continuous welded rail on the Union Pacific commuter lines. In the course of installing the rail, a portion of the ties, ballast, and other track material is normally replaced as well. Periodic surfacing is required to maintain ride quality and normal track speeds for commuter trains.

PE 4925 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, MET
PE 4926 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, MWD
Track undercutting provides for the removal of all fouled track ballast, which is then cleaned and returned to the track bed. The major functions of ballast are to hold ties in place, prevent lateral deflections of the rail and distribute track loading. When the ballast is fouled, the load-spreading capability is lost. Soggy ballast also freezes in winter, causing additional stress on the rail and tie systems. Undercutting is necessary when the ballast section has become so contaminated that normal ballasting and surfacing will no longer hold a proper track surface. The results of undercutting are a smooth, well-aligned track surface, extended tie and ballast life and reduced ongoing maintenance expense.

PE 4928 RAIL REPLACEMENT, MET
This project consists of the installation of continuous welded rail on Metra-owned rail lines. Specific locations are to be determined. The existing jointed rail shows increased wear as it nears the end of its economic service life and it requires periodic replacement to maintain track speeds and on-time performance.

PE 4920 RAIL, NCS IMPROVEMENTS
This project consists of the installation of rail, ties and ballast, undercutting, and other capital improvements on the North Central Service (NCS) commuter rail line.

PE 4923 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), MET
PE 4924 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), MWD
These projects provide for the renewal of rail highway grade crossings at various locations on the Metra commuter lines and the Milwaukee District. The specific crossings to be renewed will be based on the stage of deterioration at each crossing. The work will include, but not be limited to, replacement of cross ties, crossing material, and ballast, as well as the surfacing of the track.

PE 4938 BRIDGE AND RETAINING WALLS, BNS
This project will provide for the rehabilitation of retaining walls on the BNSF commuter line. Retaining wall sections at intermittent locations along the right-of-way will be rehabilitated. This work typically includes complete reconstruction with steel sheet piling, concrete panels, or bin wall to prevent retaining wall deterioration that can result in destabilization of the roadbed and in turn lead to track shifting.

PE 2112 NORTH LINE BRIDGES, UPR
This project includes the replacement of 11 bridges on the Union Pacific North Line in Chicago, from Grace
Street on the south end to Balmoral Avenue on the north end. These bridges are more than 100 years old.
They are showing signs of increased deterioration and have reached the end of their useful life. These bridges cannot be repaired economically and must be replaced in order to provide uninterrupted commuter service.

PE 4740 MIDLOTHIAN EMBANKMENT, RID
This project is for the embankment stabilization along Midlothian Creek from milepost 17.9 to milepost 19.5 on the Rock Island District. The rehabilitation of the embankment will prevent localized areas of erosion. During high water events, the stability of the tracks can be compromised because of embankment erosion.

PE 4932 ROW FENCING, MET
This project consists of the materials and labor necessary to erect fencing along the railroad right-of-way on the Union Pacific commuter rail lines. Specific locations are determined based on field conditions and are subject to change.

SIGNAL. ELECTRICAL AND COMMUNICATIONS

PE 4343 POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL, MET
This project consists of the development and installation of a federally mandated PTC system that integrates new technology with existing train control and operating systems to enhance train operations.
This system will help prevent track authority violations, speed limit violations, and unauthorized entry into work zones. The system will monitor and ensure the train crew’s compliance with all operating instructions, while a screen-based display will provide the train crew with additional operating information. The system will also query wayside devices for broken rails, proper switch alignment and signal aspects in real time to provide improved train operation.

PE 4956 SIGNAL SYSTEM UPGRADES, MET
This project will replace various signal infrastructures such as junction boxes, electrical cabinets, wiring, LED lights, etc. on an as needed basis when some part of the signal system is determined to be substandard upon inspection or failure. A large portion of Metra’s signal system infrastructure in the field has become obsolete. It is also affected by the extremes of weather common to the Chicago region.

PE 3337 LAKE STREET INTERLOCKER, UPR
This project consists of the modernization and upgrading of the Lake Street interlocker, at the north end of the Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC). It will replace track, track bed, switches, switch machines, switch heaters, dwarf signals and signal cable for the remaining facilities. In the future, the interlocking control machine in Lake Street Tower will be replaced by modern solid-state equipment.

PE 4842 16TH STREET SIGNAL, RID
This project will replace the 16th Street interlocking with a modern solid-state automated electronic system. The 16th Street interlocking is an obsolete manual interlocking consisting of two outdated hand lever machines built in 1901 and 1929. There are no manufacturers of spare or replacement equipment for lever machines.

PE 4744 PROTECTIVE RELAY REPLACEMENT, MED
This project will replace the protective relay at all traction power substations. They will be replaced by electronic relays that are more reliable than the existing mechanical relays. The protective relay system protects the local breakers at these locations.

PE 4950 RECTIFIER REPLACEMENT, MED
This project is for the replacement of the rectifiers at the Cheltenham Substation. The rectifiers are 35 years old and they have long exceeded their useful life. Replacement parts are not available.

PE4944 PASSENGER INFORMATION, MET
This project will allow for more timely information on arriving trains and allow for improvements including digital LCD displays and automated announcements. The displays will show train(s) arriving in the station, estimated time of arrival, stops made by the train, and any service alerts that may influence service.

PE 4742 STRAY CURRENT PROTECTION, MED
The purpose of the project is to reestablish a path for the stray current between the steel catenary support structures and ground. The special grounding cable may be placed on the mainline and on the South Chicago and Blue Island branches. All structures will be connected to this grounding cable.

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

PE4972 49th STREET DIESEL SHOP, RID
This project includes but is not limited to the rehabilitation of the 49th Street Diesel Shop on the Rock Island line to enable additional shift work for rail car and locomotive rehabilitation. Work could also include but not be limited to expanding office space, crew facilities, and locker rooms. A transfer table could also be added. Metra financing will be used for this project in FY 2015.

PE 4969 CREW FACILITIES, UPR
This project will provide funding for updating and rehabilitating facilities for crews and other railroad personnel involved in operating and servicing the commuter rail service on the Union Pacific.

PE 4992 HYBRID VEHICLES & EQUIP, MET
This project involves developing a vehicle replacement program of hybrid vehicles that includes but is not limited to police cars, police SUVS, and other trucks that are used by Metra.

PE 4985 RIGHT OF WAY EQUIPMENT (ENG), MET
PE 4968 EQUIPMENT & VEHICLES- MECHANICAL, MET
This project provides for the purchase and rehabilitation of vehicles and equipment to be utilized by Metra’s Mechanical and Engineering Departments. The vehicles and equipment purchased will replace various pieces of obsolete or inadequate support vehicles and equipment used to help service and maintain Metra’s fleet at the various yards. This includes but is not limited to supervisory vehicles for supervision of fieldwork, small pickup trucks, various forklift trucks, and car movers. The existing equipment has surpassed its useful life.

PE 4866 OFFICE EQUIPMENT, MET
This project consists of the purchase of various pieces of equipment and office furniture that will be utilized at Metra storehouses and at the 547 W. Jackson building.

PE 4993 AUTOMATED FIELD IT SYS, MET
This project involves providing engineering field staff with electronic data collection devices. It will streamline data collection from paper to electronic, providing instant connection with the main office.

PE 4959 IT COMPONENTS & SERVICES, MET
This project covers a systems upgrade for information technology infrastructure at Metra headquarters to be integrated with the financial system replacement and upgrade.

PE 4852 FINANCIAL SYSTEM REPLACEMENT, MET
This project will provide funding for Metra to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that will be compliant with current financial system “best practices”. This system will support electronic data interchange, be fully extensible and upgradeable, use integrated highly flexible analytical reporting tools, and support microcomputer/network-based software productivity tools.

PE 4743 547 BLDG IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project includes but is not limited the installation of a fan and ventilation system to pressurize the air in the stairways at 547 West Jackson to a level above that of any fire outside the stairway on any of the floors. In order to maintain equal pressurization across the entire stairwell and provide an exhaust for smoke that gets in the stairway before the pressure is equalized, the system will also include a duct shaft and modulating dampers along with a ground level centrifugal fan.

STATIONS AND PARKING

PE 4980 STATION FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project element includes, but is not limited to, the replacement and/ or rehabilitation of station platforms, new lighting, and rehabilitation of access stairs, stair enclosures, shelters, and repair of warming shelters. Work to be performed may also include gatehouse/head house rehabilitation, replacement of leaking roofs, replacement of ceilings, and installation of new lighting, and other related work.

PE 4967 ADA PLATFORMS & RAMPS, MET
This project is part of Metra’s ongoing effort to bring commuter rail stations into compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This project identifies, at each key station, the specific work that will be done to bring the key stations into compliance. At these stations, existing platforms will be rehabilitated in order to allow deteriorated tactile surfaces to be replaced with the ADA-compliant “truncated dome” type surfaces.

PE 4784 VAN BUREN STREET STATION, MED
This project involves rehabilitation of the Van Buren Street station facility. Work to be performed includes, but is not limited to, rehabilitating the access tunnel, stairs, elevators, and other related facilities.

PE 4781 115TH STREET PARKING & IMPROVEMENTS, RID
This project involves the replacement of an existing gravel parking lot at the 115th Street Station on the Rock Island District with a new, fully improved asphalt pavement parking lot. This lot will have sidewalk access to the station and the platforms. Funds will be used to construct the lot, as the design and engineering work have already been funded through existing project elements.

PE 4995 PROTECTIVE LAND ACQUISITION, MET
Protective land acquisition is the acquisition of real property that includes, but is not limited to, property of significant importance to the administration of Metra, is near Metra right-of-way, or is adjacent to other Metra property.

PE 4982 CARY STATION & SHELTERS, UP
This project involves the rehabilitation of the Cary station, and design and construction of masonry shelters on the inbound platforms at the station. These shelters will be enclosed with doors and on-demand heat.

SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

PE 4796 LOCALLY FUNDED PROJECTS/MATCH, MET
Metra farebox capital funds will be used to fund projects locally, and to provide local matching funds for alternate funding sources in order to supplement and advance the system’s capital program needs.

PE 4951 ELECTRONIC CREW CALLING, MET
This project funds a new electronic crew calling system, which will help Metra to comply with Passenger Hours of Service regulation reporting requirements.

PE 4952 ROCK ISLAND ENHANCEMENT, RID
This project funds a proposed schedule that will separate the Beverly Branch from Main Line service on both Saturday and Sunday as is currently done in peak periods. This will provide improved service to special events and fast-growing non-work travel markets.

PE 4991 MOBILE APPLICATION, MET
This project includes but is not limited to the implementation, launch, continuation and improvement of mobile ticketing on the Metra system. This project may include the purchase of conductor handheld devices, as well as training and schedule and trip planning tools.

PE 4958 SPECIAL EVENTS SERVICE, MET
This project involves adding extra Metra service for Special Events that occur in the City of Chicago. Metra trains become overcrowded during these events, causing delays, and it is difficult for conductors to collect tickets.

PE 4990 WINTERIZATION UPGRADES, MET
This project provides funds for equipment needed to be installed as a part of Metra’s winterization upgrades. Providing funds for winterization activities will allow Metra to maintain on-time performance throughout the coldest winter months and inclement weather.

PE 4996 UNANTICIPATED CAPITAL, MET
This project is a reserve of funds available for capital projects that arise throughout the year. Federal grant funds and other grant monies nearly always require local matching funds. Having the local match available will allow Metra to better leverage federal funds when grant opportunities become available. This project will also allow Metra to fully fund capital projects out of Metra dollars.

PE 4998 PROJECT ADMINISTRATION, MET
This project funds the activities associated with the administration of capital grants and the projects in those grants. This includes only those labor, fringe, and overhead costs covered by Metra’s cost allocation plan. Examples of the types of activities associated with the administration of capital grants are budget revisions, requisitions, quarterly reports and reconciliation of expenses done at project closeout. Metra funds associated with capital grant administration are recognized as capitalized costs under Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

PE 4999 CONTINGENCIES, MET
This project will fund both emergencies and unanticipated capital needs that arise throughout the course of the program year. Items covered under this project require immediate attention and cannot wait for inclusion in the budget for the forthcoming program year. Contingencies are necessary to fund emergency activities to prevent project and service delays.

PE 4994 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MET
This project funds various engineering responsibilities for capital projects. Metra’s Engineering Department as well as consultant engineers provide support to capital projects. The associated professional consultant services include design engineering and/or construction management in the areas of civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, signal, communications and environmental engineering.