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Capital Projects

Current Capital Program 2019

Metra’s 2019 Capital Program is funded through $173.6 million in Federal Formula/State of Good Repair funds. Other funding sources that supplement Metra’s capital program include $5 million in ICE funds. The plan also calls for $7 million of Metra’s fare revenue 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 2019 program, 45 percent of the capital funding will be allocated to major capital projects, including:
 

•   Locomotive and car rehabilitation $20.1 million

•   New railcars and locomotives $10.7 million

•   Bridges $26 million

•   47th/49th Street Yard Rehabilitation $10 million

•   PTC $16 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

 

2019 CAPITAL PROGRAM PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

ROLLING STOCK

PE 5301 TRACTION MOTORS-REBUILD, MET
This project funds the overhaul of traction motors and traction alternators for locomotives as well as 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, and a basic overhaul is required to return these motors to an acceptable level of performance. ($2,000,000)

PE 5302 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. ($2,000,000)

PE 5303 WHEEL REPLACEMENT, MET
This project will fund 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. ($3,000,000)

PE 5109 LOCOMOTIVE PURCHASE, MET
This project will fund the procurement of new or used locomotives.  The current Metra fleet is reaching the end of its useful life. ($8,000,000)

PE 5006 NEW GALLERY CARS, MET
The proposed long-term railcar replacement 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 purchase would allow Metra to retire the oldest cars in its fleet. ($2,700,000)

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 phase consists of 11 cab cars and 19 trailer/coach cars built by the Nippon-Sharyo Corporation and is Phase 3 of a multi-phase project. ($12,100,000)

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 F40 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 and may also include the overhaul of the head-end power alternator and gear box as well as painting and body repair. ($8,000,000)

PE 5010 CAR AND LOCOMOTIVE CAMERAS, MET
This project involves the purchase of a digital video recording (DVR) system to replace the 10-year old, obsolete system currently in use on Metra locomotives and cab cars.  It will allow for video recording of railroad signal aspects and incidents. ($2,500,000)

TRACK AND STRUCTURE

PE 5311 TIES AND BALLAST & SW HEATERS, BNS
PE 5312 TIES AND BALLAST, MED
PE 5313 TIES AND BALLAST, MWD (50/50)
PE 5314 TIES AND BALLAST, MWD (50/50)
PE 5316 TIES AND BALLAST, UPR
These projects consist of the replacement of cross ties, switch ties and ballast. This is part of an ongoing program throughout Metra’s service area to maintain proper track gauge and surface, which improves ride quality and reduces the incidence of slow orders. Projects on the Milwaukee District are split 50/50 with the Canadian Pacific Railroad. ($11,500,000)

PE 5321 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, MED
PE 5322 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, MWD
PE 5323 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, RID
PE 5324 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, UPR
Track undercutting provides for the removal of fouled track ballast, which is then cleaned and returned to the track bed.  When the ballast is fouled, its load spreading capability is lost and it will no longer hold a proper track surface. Undercutting results in a smooth, well-aligned track surface, extends tie and ballast life and reduces ongoing maintenance expenses. ($1,650,000)

PE 5325 RAIL, BNS
This project provides 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, the replacement of switch machines and the replacement of turnouts. The high density of freight and commuter traffic on the BNSF requires close monitoring and periodic replacement of switches and switch machines. Turnouts must also 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. ($2,600,000)

PE 5326 RAIL, MED
PE 5327 RAIL, MWD
PE 5328 RAIL, RID
PE 5329 RAIL, UPR
These projects consist of the installation of continuous-welded rail on Metra-owned rail lines and Union Pacific rail lines with specific locations to be determined. The existing jointed rail shows increased wear as it nears the end of its economic service life and requires replacement to maintain track speeds and on-time performance. ($1,250,000)

PE 5320 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. ($798,000)

PE 5330 CREATE – P2, SWS
This project will provide engineering for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project that will relieve rail congestion by separating freight and passenger rail lines. ($2,000,000)

PE 5331 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), MED
PE 5533 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), MWD
PE 5334 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), RID
PE 5335 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), UPR
These projects provide for the renewal of rail-highway grade crossings at various locations on the Metra-owned commuter lines and the Union Pacific lines. Specific crossings to be renewed will be determined based on a survey of the stage of deterioration. 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. ($3,500,000)

PE 5332 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK – 50/50), MWD
This project provides for the renewal of rail-highway grade crossings at various locations on the Milwaukee District North and West lines. Specific crossings to be renewed will be based on a survey of the stage of deterioration. 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.  This is a 50/50 project in partnership with the Canadian Pacific Railway. ($1,250,000)

PE 5336 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. ($2,500,000)

PE 5337 BRIDGES, MED
PE 5338 BRIDGES, MWD
These projects fund the improvement of bridges along Metra rail lines. These improvements can include rehabilitation items such as timber wing walls and fencing, cracked bearing blocks and cracked bridge seats on abutments. Specific improvements will be determined based on a survey of field conditions. ($650,000)

PE 4840 NORTH LINE BRIDGES, UPR
This project involves the replacement of 11 bridges on the Union Pacific North Line, south of Balmoral. The structural scope of work includes, but is not limited to, replacement of existing stone abutments, retaining wall construction, steel spans, and decks.  The project also includes track work between the bridges and replacement of wood ties at these locations with concrete ties. ($6,000,000)

PE 5240 BRIDGE A-32, MWD
This project consists of engineering design services for the track at Bridge A-32 and the platform and shelter at the Grayland Station on Metra's Milwaukee District North Line. The bridge spans Milwaukee Avenue at milepost 8.03.  The new bridge will have a ballasted deck, requiring that the tracks be raised, which necessitates the platform and shelter at Grayland Station also be raised. Bridges A-30 and A-34 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. ($12,000,000)

PE 5340 ROOT/43rd STREET BRIDGES, RID
This project provides for engineering design services for Bridge 40 over Root Street and Bridge 42 over 43rd Street on Metra's Rock Island Line located at mileposts 3.96 and 4.15, respectively. Each crossing will consist of two bridges -- a precast concrete access road bridge and a single track through-plate girder bridge for the current yard lead track. ($8,000,000)

PE 5344 CATENARY STRUCTURE REHAB, MET
This project involves the ongoing rehabilitation of various catenary structures on the Metra Electric Line 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 the results of condition assessments. ($750,000)

PE 5347 RIGHT-OF-WAY FENCING, MED
PE 5348 RIGHT-OF-WAY FENCING, MWD
PE 5349 RIGHT-OF-WAY FENCING, RID
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. ($100,000)

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. 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 and safety. ($15,798,000)

PE 5353 SIGNAL SYSTEM UPGRADES, MED
PE 5355 SIGNAL SYSTEM UPGRADES, RID
This project will replace various signal infrastructure 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 has become obsolete and is also affected by the extremes of weather common to the Chicago region. ($350,000)

PE 5356 YARD IMPROVEMENTS – ELEC, BNS
PE 5357 YARD IMPROVEMENTS – ELEC, MED
PE 5358 YARD IMPROVEMENTS – ELEC, MWD
PE 5359 YARD IMPROVEMENTS – ELEC, RID
These projects will provide design and construction funds for electrical engineering projects in BNSF and Metra yards. Projects can include overhead piping, fuel line replacement, cable reels and shore power work. ($3,410,000)

PE 5360 HVAC REPLACEMENTS, MWD
This project will provide for the replacement of HVAC units at Milwaukee District yards.  The units are more than 30 years old and are beyond their useful life. ($1,000,000)

PE 5149 LAKE STREET INTERLOCKING, UPR
This project consists of the modernization and upgrading of the Lake Street interlocking 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. Future plans call for the replacement of the interlocking control machine in Lake Street Tower. ($2,300,000)

PE 4842 16TH STREET INTERLOCKING, RID
This project will replace the 16th Street interlocking with a modern solid-state automated electronic system. The 16th Street interlocking plant consists of an obsolete manual interlocking with two outdated hand lever machines built in 1901 and 1929. There are no manufacturers of spare or replacement equipment for these machines. If the interlocking fails, it will be very difficult and time consuming to rebuild the parts for repair. ($200,000)

PE 5257 RONDOUT INTERLOCKING RENEWAL, MWD
This project consists of rebuilding the Rondout Interlocker that was originally installed in the early 1960s and is now obsolete. This project includes, but is not limited to, eliminating hand-drawn prints; improving the Rockland Road grade crossing; adding rail and switches for two new turnouts; and adding rail and switches for two new crossovers. ($3,000,000)

PE 5361 MORGAN STREET INTERLOCKING, MWD
This project will provide design funds for the replacement of the Morgan Street interlocking on Metra’s Milwaukee C&M subdivision and the signal system infrastructure between Canal Street and A-2 interlocking. The Morgan Street interlocking and crossings were originally installed in the early 1960s. It has become extremely difficult in recent years to get parts to make repairs to keep the system operational. ($600,000)

PE 5362 WESTERN INTERLOCKING, RID
This project will provide design funding for the replacement of the Western Avenue interlocking at Vermont and Grove Street on Metra’s Rock Island District. The signal system infrastructure at the Western Avenue Junction interlocking was originally installed in the early 1960s and is now obsolete. ($500,000)

PE 4841 CUS SOUTH INTERLOCKINGS
This projects involves the modernization and upgrade of outmoded interlockings at the south end of Chicago Union Station (CUS). The project will include, but not be limited to, three locations—Harrison Street, Taylor Street and Roosevelt Road—as well as the platform area on the south side of CUS used by the BNSF, the Heritage Corridor and the Southwest Service. It will also include new rail, ties and ballast as needed. The cost of the project will be shared by Metra and Amtrak. ($2,000,000)

PE 5363 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. ($500,000)

PE 5364 VIDEO STORAGE SYSTEM, MED
This project involves the upgrade of Metra’s outdated video storage system at the KYD yard. The system stores videos from cameras installed throughout the Metra system in the six-county region. ($2,000,000)

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

PE 5365 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, BNS
This project consists of several improvements at the 14th Street Yard. Improvements will include, but not be limited to, the crew facility at 14th Street and cable reel covers.  ($3,000,000)

PE 5366 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, MED
This project includes, 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. ($1,500,000)

PE 5367 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, MWD
Upgrades under this project include, but are not limited to, installation of electric heating elements for switches and the installation of steel grated boardwalks at the Western Avenue Coach Yard. Track work would include rail, ties, ballast and switches. ($1,000,000)

PE 5368 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 slowly rotates and grinds the surface of the railcar wheels to make them smooth and even. ($500,000)

PE 4972 47th/49th STREET YARD FACILITY, 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 Metra’s railcar and locomotive rehabilitation projects.  Work could also include expanding office space, crew facilities and locker rooms.  A transfer table could also be added. ($10,000,000)

PE 4757 MILLENNIUM STATION EXITS, MED
This project involves installing walkways, stairways, pedestrian ramps and hydraulic emergency doors and exit signs at Millennium Station. ($1,300,000)

PE 5376 LASALLE FIRE PROTECTION, RID
This project involves the installation of improved HVAC equipment and a clean agent fire protection system where communication equipment is located at the LaSalle Street Station. The repairs at LaSalle Street Station will provide reliable electrical power, preventing future outages. ($520,000)

PE 5369 RIGHT OF WAY EQUIPMENT, MET
This project involves the purchase of various pieces of equipment to be utilized by Metra’s Engineering Department. This includes end loaders, track backhoes, hi-rail equipment for track inspection, and other equipment. ($2,000,000)

PE 5371 EQUIPMENT & VEHICLES - MECHANICAL, MET
This project provides for the purchase and rehabilitation of vehicles and equipment utilized by Metra’s Mechanical and Engineering Departments to help service and maintain Metra’s fleet at the various yards. This includes but is not limited to vehicles used for supervision of fieldwork, small pickup trucks, various forklift trucks and car movers. The existing equipment has surpassed its useful life. ($1,500,000)

PE 5373 POLICE VEHICLES, MET
This project involves the purchase of vehicles to be used by Metra Police at various locations throughout the Metra system. The current condition of the equipment being replaced is poor, and it has reached or surpassed its useful life. ($500,000)

PE 5370 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. ($275,000)

PE 5374 STORAGE EQUIPMENT, MET
This project involves the purchase of storage equipment, including but not limited to, vertical units and racks for the Materials Department. ($600,000)

PE 5372 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. ($1,850,000)

PE 5375 547 BUILDING SYS IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project addresses electrical improvements at the 547 building. Projects may include the installation of a stairwell pressurization system and the replacement of the building HVAC system. ($250,000)

PE 5171 GPS/TRAIN TRACKER, MET
This project involves the replacement of the current GPS system, 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 necessary current functions, while potentially adding video surveillance, customer information displays and an infotainment system. ($7,764,181)

STATIONS AND PARKING

PE 5380 ADA IMPROVEMENTS, 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 the specific work that will be done to bring the key stations into compliance. At these stations, existing platforms will be rehabilitated and deteriorated tactile surfaces will be replaced with the ADA-compliant “truncated dome” type surfaces.  Platform and access work may also be performed at non-key stations. ($3,000,000)

PE 5381 SYSTEMWIDE STATION IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project element 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. ($500,000)

PE 5382 STATION FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS, MED
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, and 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. ($1,500,000)

PE 5383 PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project will fund major parking lot renovations throughout the system. Parking lots may need to be overhauled even if the station is not in need of rehabilitation. This project element will fund parking projects without depleting funds allocated for station projects. ($500,000)

PE 4782 HUBBARD WOODS STATION, UPR
This project will fund the rehabilitation of the Hubbard Woods Station on the Union Pacific North Line in Winnetka. The project will include station repairs, access improvements and platform work. ($5,530,000)

PE 5384 ELMHURST STATION, UPR
This project will fund Metra’s portion of a larger station renovation/expansion in Elmhurst.  It will leverage CMAQ funds obtained by the village of Elmhurst to construct a larger station to accommodate the growing ridership. ($1,000,000)

PE 5385 NEW LENOX STATION, RID
This project will fund Metra’s portion of the new New Lenox Station building that is being funded in part by CVS. The new station building will be part of a larger retail development at the site. ($1,000,000)

SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

PE 5390 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, BNS
PE 5391 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MED
PE 5392 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MWD
PE 5393 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, RID
PE 5394 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, UPR
PE 5395 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MET
This project funds various engineering responsibilities that support capital projects provided by Metra’s Engineering Department as well as consultant engineers.  Support includes activities such as design engineering and/or construction management in the areas of civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, signal, communications and environmental engineering. ($8,500,000)

PED 5195 ENGINEERING ASSET MANAGEMENT, MET    
This project funds the continuation of Metra’s comprehensive asset assessment and will provide for a consultant to assist with the preparation of Metra’s Transit Asset Management Plan as required by the Federal Transit Administration. ($750,000)

PE 5296 UNANTICIPATED CAPITAL, MET
This project serves as a reserve of funds to be used 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 with Metra dollars. ($600,000)
PE 5297 LOCALLY FUNDED PROJECTS/MATCH, MET
This project provides Metra farebox capital funds that will be used to fund projects locally, and to provide local match funds for alternate funding sources. ($602,000)

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). ($1,000,000)

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. ($1,900,441)

 

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