Rail

Metro-North rail due for upgrade

Posted on October 10, 2012

A crucial bridge providing the only access into Manhattan for all Metro-North trains traveling to and from Grand Central Terminal is due for a major upgrade, the railroad announced.

The job was advertised Friday and a construction contract will be awarded this fall for the replacement of all the original cables that lift the two, 330-foot-long main spans of the Harlem River Lift Bridge, located about 4.5 miles north of Grand Central.

“Metro-North must maintain this crucial piece of infrastructure so that it can be used by both train customers and maritime traffic. It is vital to the more than 280,000 Metro-North customers and 750 trains that use it each weekday,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut.

The work has been scheduled to do the job in the most efficient way possible to take full advantage of a six-month Coast Guard outage, during which time the bridge will not have to be opened on demand. While the cable replacement is underway, the railroad also will replace the electrical control system and most of the wiring on the bridge as well as install a new power supply system.

All the original circuit boards in the control room also will be computerized with the installation of a programmable logic control system. The elevator from the track level up to the operator’s room at the counterweight level also will be rehabilitated.

The entire two-year project, which is expected to cost $30 million, is being paid for by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 2010-2014 Capital Program with help from a federal grant of $19 million.

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

More News

The state of national rail franchising in the UK

There are roughly 20 franchises, but these have varied over the years as the government has taken differing views of how most effectively to manage the myriad of train services.

Metrolink awarded $91.2M in state funds for rail safety upgrades

Will be used for program to build infrastructure to boost regional passenger rail service frequency to at least 30 minutes systemwide.

TEXRail tests Stadler trains at DFW Airport

Trinity Metro ordered eight diesel-electric low-floor multiple unit FLIRT from Stadler in June 2015 for the TEXRail project.

L.A. Metro begins tunneling on first section of Purple Line extension

Twin tunnel boring machines will begin by tunneling parallel underground sections between the future Wilshire/La Brea Station and the current Wilshire/Western Purple Line terminus.

Report proposes integrating Metro-North, LIRR fares to boost access

NYC Comptroller Stringer called on the MTA to improve job access, reduce commute times, extend the reach of the transit system, and relieve overcrowding.

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 number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

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

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation