Light Rail Trains Powered by Wind
Metro Transit had a three-car consist of new Siemens LRVs that were powered exclusively by wind energy recently in recognition of Earth Day.
Using Xcel Energy’s Windsource program, Metro Transit purchased about 71,000 kilowatt-hours of wind-generated electricity – about a day’s worth of the power required to operate the light-rail line.
The “wind-powered train” is one component of Metro Transit’s six-year-old Go Greener initiative to conserve energy and reduce emissions. The Go Greener commitment includes the replacement of about 15 percent of Metro Transit’s bus fleet with hybrid-electric models and energy-saving capital investments at the agency’s six bus facilities. Together those efforts netted more than $4 million in fuel and utilities savings in 2012 as well as contributing to a cleaner, healthier Twin Cities environment.
Bombardier Wins New Order from Transport for London
Bombardier Transportation signed a contract with Transport for London (TfL) to provide 57 additional Bombardier Electrostar rail cars for the London Overground network. The new cars will be used to turn existing four-car trains into five-car trains and the new units will be supported under an existing maintenance contract.
The 75 mph Class 378 units are specially designed for suburban operations with passenger comfort and safety in mind. The vehicles also include CCTV and air conditioning.
Delivery of the cars will start in late 2014 and finish in 2015.
MTA No. 7 Subway Line Extension Receives Honor
The New York Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) selected the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s No. 7 Subway Line Extension as its 2013 Construction Project of the Year.
The $2.4B project is extending the New York City No. 7 Line Subway 1.5 miles from its current terminus at Times Square to a new terminal station at West 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is the permanent works designer of the No. 7 Line Extension, providing final design services to the MTA, including all geotechnical, civil, structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical and communications elements; preparation of all contract documents; and design support during construction.
The project is scheduled for completion in June 2014.
Nippon Sharyo Expands of Rochelle Production Facility
Nippon Sharyo Ltd. and Nippon Sharyo USA Inc. announced the expansion of its U.S. production facility in Rochelle, Ill., which started operation in June 2012. The expansion involves construction of a new building for the metal fabrication and machining production.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion to include a third shop was held in Rochelle. In the new facility, major parts and components for the car body will be manufactured using U.S. made raw material. Continuous lean production process from raw material to the complete car body under the strict production and quality control is expected to lower the overall cost.
TriMet Light Rail Vehicles to be Retrofitted with Energy-Saving System
Maxwell Technologies Inc. is supplying ultracapacitors for an energy-saving braking energy recuperation system that American Maglev Technology (AMT), is installing on 27 light rail vehicles operated by the Portland, Oregon area’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet).
TriMet won a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transit Investment for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program to improve the efficiency of its fleet of 101 light rail vehicles equipped with regenerative braking after determining that the vehicles were able to use only about 70 percent of the energy generated by braking.