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Capital Projects

Current Capital Program 2018

 

Metra’s 2018 capital program is funded through $171.6 million in Federal Formula/State of Good Repair funds. Other funding sources that supplement Metra’s capital program include $4.9 million in ICE funds. The plan also calls for $20.3 million of Metra’s fares to be allocated to the capital program.
 
Metra must submit to the RTA a balanced one-and five-year capital program. As part of the 2018 program, 52 percent of the capital funding will be allocated to major capital projects, including:
 
Railcar rehabilitation                  $18.5 million
Locomotive rehabilitation           $20.5 million
New railcars                               $23.7 million
Positive Train Control (PTC)      $30.0 million
Bridge Rehabilitation                    $9.0 million
 

LINE ABBREVIATIONS

BNSF Railway BNS

Heritage Corridor HC

Metra Electric Line MED

Milwaukee District MWD

North Central Service NCS

Rock Island District RID

Systemwide non-line specific MET

Union Pacific UPR

 

2018 CAPITAL PROGRAM PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

ROLLING STOCK

 

PE 5201 TRACTION MOTORS-REBUILD, MET

This project funds the overhaul of traction motors and traction alternators for locomotives. The 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 them to an acceptable level of performance.

 

PE 5202 LOCOMOTIVE & CAR IMPROVEMENTS, MET

This project involves various improvements to diesel hauled and electric commuter cars, as well as locomotives. These are improvements that may be identified at the start of a major rehabilitation project, or during routine maintenance or inspection.

 

PE 5203 WHEEL REPLACEMENT, MET

This project will implement the FRA-mandated replacement of wheel sets on Metra’s fleet of locomotives and commuter cars. The replacement wheels will be used on vehicles being operated on all carriers and railroads in the Metra system as part of an ongoing program to overhaul major components on Metra’s fleet.

 

PE 5208 LED CONVERSION (AMERAIL), MET

This project will replace the florescent main lighting on the Amerail commuter cars with LED main lighting. LED lighting draws less power than florescent lighting reducing locomotive diesel fuel usage and emissions. LED lights also have longer lives and will lead to fewer replacements.

 

PE 5205 LOCOMOTIVE MID-LIFE REHAB 150-173, MET

This project continues Metra’s ongoing locomotive rehabilitation program. It consists of the life extending rebuild of F40PH locomotives. A locomotive rehabilitation is less expensive than a purchase ( $1.8 million vs. $7 million per vehicle). These projects can include but are not limited to the complete rebuild of a diesel engine.

 

PE 5006 NEW GALLERY CARS, MET

The long-term proposed rail car program will purchase 367 new diesel cars to replace 318 cars with an average age of 43 years and increase the number of spare cars by 49. This would retire the oldest cars in the fleet.

 

PE 5007 CAR REHAB, (NIPPON SHARYO, P-2), MET

This project involves the mid-life rehabilitation of 302 bi-level commuter cars delivered between 2006 and 2008. This is Phase 2 of a multiphase project and consists of 11 cab cars and

19 trailer/coach cars built by the Nippon-Sharyo Corporation.

 

PE 5207 CAR REHAB, (NIPPON SHARYO, P-3), MET

This project is the next phase of the mid-life rehabilitation of 302 bi-level commuter cars delivered between 2006 and 2008. This is Phase 3 of a multi-phase project and consists of 11 cab cars and 19 trailer/coach cars built by the Nippon- Sharyo Corporation.

 

5204 LOCOMOTIVE REBUILD 100-149,215,216, MET

This project continues Metra’s ongoing locomotive rehabilitation program. It consists of the life extending rebuild of F40PH locomotives and the mid-life overhaul of MP36 locomotives.

A locomotive rehabilitation is less expensive than a purchase ($1.8 million vs. $7 million per vehicle). These projects can include, but are not limited to, the complete rebuild of a diesel engine. The project may also include may be the overhaul of the head end power alternator and gear box as well as painting and body repair.

 

PE 5010 CAR AND LOCOMOTIVE CAMERAS, MET

This project involves the purchase of a digital video recording (DVR) system. The system will replace the decade-old, obsolete system currently in use on Metra’s rolling stock. It will allow for video recording of railroad signal aspects and incidents.

 

TRACK AND STRUCTURE

K AND STRUCTURE

PE 5211 TIES AND BALLAST & SW HEATERS, BNS

PE 5212 TIES AND BALLAST, MED

PE 5213 TIES AND BALLAST, MWD

PE 5214 TIES AND BALLAST, RID

PE 5215 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 periodically replace ties and ballast. This improves the riding quality of the trains and reduces slow orders, which adversely affect adherence to train schedules. These projects represent part of an ongoing program to replace ties and ballast throughout the commuter territory.

 

PE 5222 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, MED

PE 5224 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, MWD

PE 5225 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, RID

Track undercutting provides for the removal of all fouled track ballast, which is then cleaned and returned to the track bed. When the ballast is fouled, it loses its load spreading capability.

Undercutting is necessary when a section of ballast has become so contaminated that it 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 5223 UNDERCUTTING AND SURFACING (50/50), MWD

Track undercutting provides for the removal of all fouled track ballast, which is then cleaned and returned to the track bed. When the ballast is fouled, it loses its load spreading capability.

Undercutting is necessary when a section of ballast has become so contaminated that it 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. This is a 50/50 project in partnership with the Canadian Pacific Railway.

 

PE 5227 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, on this line 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 5228 RAIL, MED

PE 5230 RAIL, MWD

PE 5231 RAIL, RID

PE 5232 RAIL, UPR

These projects consist of the installation of continuous welded rail on Metra-owned rail lines and the Union Pacific rail lines. Specific locations will be determined. 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 5220 NCS IMPROVEMENTS, NCS

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 5234 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), MED

PE 5236 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), MWD

PE 5237 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), RID

PE 5238 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), UPR

These projects provide for the renewal of rail highway grade crossings at various locations on Metra commuter lines and Union Pacific lines. The specific crossings to be renewed will be based on the stage of deterioration at each crossing. The work will include, but is not limited to, replacement of cross ties, crossing material, and ballast, as well as the surfacing of the track.

 

PE 5239 BRIDGE AND RETAINING WALLS, BNS

This project will provide for the rehabilitation of retaining walls on the BNSF commuter line. Retaining wall sections at several 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 involves the replacement of 11 bridges on the Union Pacific North Line from Grace to Balmoral streets in Chicago. The structural scope of work will include, but is not limited to, replacement of existing stone abutments, retaining wall construction, steel spans, and decks. The project also includes all new track work between the bridges, including the replacement of wood ties with concrete ties. The Ravenswood Station will be rebuilt making all the station’s platforms ADA accessible.

 

PE 5244 CATENARY STRUCTURE REHAB, MET

This project involves the ongoing rehabilitation of various catenary structures on the Metra Electric Sub Districts, all originating in Chicago: the University Park Sub District, the South Chicago Sub District, and the Blue Island Sub District. This work typically involves rehabilitating structural steel, walkways, and concrete foundation pedestals. The work will depend on condition assessments and the availability of track time to do the rehabilitation.
 

PE 5247 RIGHT OF WAY FENCING, MET

This project consists of the materials and labor necessary to erect fencing along the railroad right-of-way of the Metra rail lines. Specific locations are determined based on field conditions and are subject to change.

 

PE 5240 BRIDGE A-32, MWD

This project consists of engineering design services for the track at Bridge A32 on Metra’s Milwaukee District North Line over Milwaukee Avenue at milepost 8.03 and the platform and shelter at the Grayland Station. The new A32 Bridge will have a ballasted deck, thereby raising the tracks, which necessitates the raising of the platform and shelter at Grayland Station. Bridges A30 and A34 over Addison Street and Irving Park Road and two diamonds where the Union Pacific intersects the Milwaukee District North Line near Irving Park Road may also need to be raised.

 

SIGNAL, ELECTRICAL AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

PE 4343 POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL, MET

This project consists of the development and installation of a federally mandated Positive

Train Control (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. PTC 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 5149 LAKE STREET INTERLOCKER, UPR

This project consists of the modernization and upgrading of the Lake Street interlocker, at the north end of 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 5253 SIGNAL SYSTEM UPGRADES, MED

PE 5254 SIGNAL SYSTEM UPGRADES, MWD

PE 5255 SIGNAL SYSTEM UPGRADES, RID

PE 5256 SIGNAL SYSTEM UPGRADES, UPR

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

 

PE 4842 16TH STREET INTERLOCKER, RID

This project will replace the 16th Street interlocking with a modern solid-state automated electronic system. The 16th Street interlocking plant is obsolete and consists of a manual interlocker with two outdated hand lever machines built in 1901 and 1929. There are no manufacturers of spare or replacement parts for these machines. If the interlocker fails, it will be very difficult and time consuming to rebuild the parts for repair.

 

PE 4254 TRACTION POWER SUBSTATIONS, MED

This project consists of converting four tie stations into electrical substations with substantially greater power, and installing a new prefabricated substation at 31st Street. The tie stations will be converted to substations by adding 12 Kilovolt (KV) switchgear, transformers, and rectifiers. The new equipment will be housed in prefabricated metal buildings. With these improvements,

Metra’s new Electric Line Highliner cars will possess the electrical power required to accelerate faster, and provide sufficient traction power to allow an increase in maximum operating speeds.

 

PE 5257 RONDOUT INTERLOCKING RENEWAL, MWD

This project consists of rebuilding the Rondout interlocker that was originally installed in the early 1960s and has become obsolete. The signal system is affected by the extreme weather conditions common to the Chicago region. The goals of this project will include but not be limited to, eliminating hand-drawn prints, improve Rockland Road at- grade crossing, add rail and switches for two new turnouts, add rail and switches for two new crossovers, replace 15 switch machines and add a new signal control system that is PTC ready.

 

PE 5285 DOWNTOWN TERMINAL INFO DISPLAY, MET

This project will replace existing LCD passenger information display boards and associated hardware with color display monitors. The new technology will allow the versatility of adding public safety announcements, emergency messaging, train tracking, as well as current boarding information.

 

PE 4746 IMPEDANCE BONDS, MED

This project involves replacing impedance bonds that are damaged, defective, or have insufficient negative return equipment and connections. The impedance bonds are a fundamental part of the track circuit. They control the current path and thus limit the power losses and assure proper function of the protective relays.

 

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

 

PE 5260 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, BNS

This project consists of several improvements at the 14th Street Yard. Improvements will include, but are not limited to, the crew facility at 14th Street and cable reel covers.

 

PE 5261 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, MED

This project will include, but is not limited to, replacing ties, crosswalks and platforms with steel grated platforms and placing electric tubular heaters on the switch machines at the Metra Electric Line’s yards.

 

PE 5262 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, MWD

Upgrades under this project will include, but are not limited to, installation of electric heating elements for switches and the installation of steel grated boardwalks at the Western

Avenue Yard. Track work will include rail, ties, ballast and switches.

 

PE 5264 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, RID

This project involves, but is not limited to, replacing ties, crosswalks and platforms with steel-grated platforms. Metra will purchase and install a wheel truing machine. The machine grinds the surface of the railcar wheel to make them smooth and even.

 

PE 5265 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, UPR

This project consists of the construction and improvements to existing yard and shop facilities at various yard locations on the Metra system belonging to the Union Pacific Railroad. The improvements will include but are not limited to, the continuation of the rehabilitation of yard water systems, air systems, and fueling systems. Also included will be upgrades to the car washer, the replacement of the high pressure steam boiler with a low pressure steam boiler, installing an overhead crane at M19A and the rehabilitation of the roof also at M19A.

 

PE 5266 CREW FACILITY, 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 5269 RIGHT OF WAY EQUIPMENT, MET

This project involves the purchase of various pieces of equipment to be used by Metra’s Engineering Department. This list includes end loaders, track backhoes, hi-rail equipment for track inspection and other equipment.

 

PE 5271 EQUIPMENT & VEHICLES- MECHANICAL, MET

These projects provide for the purchase and rehabilitation of vehicles and equipment to be used 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 the supervision of fieldwork, small pickup trucks, various forklift trucks and car movers. The existing equipment has surpassed its useful life.

 

PE 5268 POLICE VEHICLES, MET

This project involves the purchase of vehicles to be used by Metra Police Force at various locations throughout the Metra system. The equipment that is being replaced has reached or surpassed its useful life.

 

PE 5270 OFFICE EQUIPMENT

This project consists of the purchase of various pieces of equipment and office furniture that will be used at Metra storehouses and at the 547 building.

 

PE 5272 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 5273 POLICE DISASTER & SECURITY CENTER

This project will construct a facility on Metra property in the suburbs to serve as a back-up facility for Metra Police in case of a disaster. It will house police and security systems.

 

PE 5267 547 BUILDING SYS IMPROVEMENTS, MET

This project addresses electrical improvements at the 547 Jackson building. Projects may include the installation of a stairwell pressurization system and the replacement of the building HVAC system. All work will comply with City of Chicago building codes.

 

PE 5171 GPS/TRAIN TRACKER, MET

This project involves the replacement of the current GPS, which has exceeded its useful life. Metra will replace the GPS, onboard announcement system and signs on the entire fleet.

Metra will also install automatic passenger counters and event recorders. The new system will maintain the current necessary functions, while potentially adding video surveillance, customer information displays and an infotainment system.

 

PE 4852 FINANCIAL SYSTEM REPLACEMENT, MET

This project will provide funding for Metra’s implementation of an Enterprise Resource

Planning (ERP) system that is 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.

 

STATIONS AND PARKING

 

PE 5280 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, specific work needed 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 5281 SYSTEMWIDE STATION IMPROVEMENTS, MET

This project includes, but is not limited to, the rehabilitation of Metra station facilities, more specifically the rehabilitation or replacement of roofs, masonry, door and window replacement, concrete work, floors, ceilings, lighting, drainage, stairs, guardrails, handrails, benches, shelters and canopies.

 

PE 5282 STATION FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS, MED

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

 

SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

 

PE 5290 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, BNS

PE 5291 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MED

PE 5292 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MWD

PE 5293 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, RID

PE 5294 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, UPR

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.

 

PE 5296 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 5297 LOCALLY FUNDED PROJECTS/MATCH, MET

Metra fare box 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 5298 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 5095 METRA CAPITAL FUNDING, MET

This project will provide capital funding for necessary projects. They may include, but are not limited to, modernization projects such as rolling stock purchases, yard improvements and PTC.

 

PE 5299 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.

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