Rail

Long Island rail breaks ground on 'green' train wash facility

Posted on May 25, 2010

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) broke ground on a new $25.5 million train wash facility located in the Village of Babylon.

The project, which promises to create between 20 and 30 construction jobs, is being financed with federal stimulus funds through the Federal Transit Administration. The Babylon Train Wash Facility was selected by Gov. David Paterson and the MTA a shovel-ready project that represented the best use of federal stimulus funds.

Important "green" aspects of the facility will include:

  • The filtering, reconditioning and reusing of more than 70% of wash water.
  • Supplemental solar power energy panels will help operate the electrical lighting and heating for the train wash equipment building, saving the LIRR an estimated $6,700 a year on utility costs.
  • Storm water will be collected and released through a leach field, eliminating run-off pollutants into nearby Sumpwams and Geiger Creeks.
  • A separator will prevent oil and diesel fuel from entering the waste water system.
  • Area wetlands will be fenced to prevent damage and illicit dumping.
  • A new landscape buffer will be built between the golf course and the train wash.

The Babylon Branch of the LIRR is the busiest of the LIRR's 11 branches. When it becomes the operational in 2012, the LIRR will be able to clean the exteriors of an additional 180 cars every day. The Railroad currently has one operating train wash at the entrance to its Ronkonkoma Train Yard.

The new Babylon Train Wash Facility will consist of two buildings: A masonry equipment building will house the control, wash room, pumps, reclaim/recycle wash water, waste water treatment system and storage tanks for the train wash. The second structure will be the train wash bay, a steel/corrugated siding structure consisting of pre-cast track slab sections, concrete foundations, wash water collection system and the train wash equipment.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Former Santa Clara VTA chief hired to oversee Honolulu rail project

Michael Burns will be responsible for overseeing the rail project’s finances, as well as the functioning of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board.

Alstom to extend Algeria's Constantine Tramway

Alstom, which will extend the tramway by 6 miles, will supply the integrated system, tracks, catenaries, telecommunications and signalling, substations and ticketing equipment.

$8.2B invested along 20 miles of Valley Metro light rail

Economic development within one-half mile of the system has been stimulated by ridership that has exceeded original projections. Valley Metro began compiling development activity since construction started in 2005 as part of an economic development database.

Alstom to deliver 17 trains to Algeria

The Coradia Polyvalent for Algeria is a dual-mode train (diesel and electric, 25 kV) able to travel at speeds up to 99 mph. The train has six carriages and provides capacity for 265 passengers.

Fla.'s TriRail adds bike car

The new bike car contains 14 racks that will provide more room to maneuver bicycles on and off the train. A set of seats were removed from the lower level of the vehicle to make room for the bike racks.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close