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2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned
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2010 APTA Rail Conference: MetroRail Successful Launch and Lessons Learned

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Doug Allen presented at the American Public Transportation Association annual rail conference in June 2010. Here's his presentation about the Red Line.

Doug Allen presented at the American Public Transportation Association annual rail conference in June 2010. Here's his presentation about the Red Line.

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  • Talk about history on this slide: From referendum to opening: 5.5 years Existing tracks
  • Fun info about these photos: Top left-hand picture: Even Spike, the mascot from the Round Rock Express minor league baseball team cam out to ride on Day 1. The couple in the middle photo has lived by one of our stations for 15 years and they said that they had been waiting for years to ride the train. On the day that this photo was taken, they just came out to ride for fun! Black Star beer co-op--the first cooperatively-owned brewpub in the country located by our very own Crestview Station!--held the Rail n’ Ale Beer Social the first week we opened.
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    • 1. Capital MetroRail: Successful Launch and Lessons Learned Doug Allen Interim President/CEO Capital Metro Presented at APTA Rail Conference June 8, 2010
    • 2. Austin rocks! • Point 1 • Point 2 • Point 3 • Point 4 • Point 5 or more
    • 3. Except when you’re stuck in traffic… Texas Transportation Institute: Austin Most congested medium size city in America
    • 4. Capital Metro to the rescue
    • 5. <ul><ul><li>Express Bus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capital MetroRail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leander -Austin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Round Rock/Gtown </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manor/Elgin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban Rail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mueller </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UT/Capitol/Downtown </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ABIA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MetroRail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intercity Rail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MetroRapid (BRT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managed HOV Lanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intercity Rail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Austin - San Antonio </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Austin – Houston </li></ul></ul></ul>All Systems Go! Long Range Transit Plan
    • 6. Capital MetroRail <ul><li>Overview of system </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons learned </li></ul><ul><li>Successful launch </li></ul><ul><li>Future </li></ul>
    • 7. The Red Line <ul><li>Urban commuter rail on existing tracks </li></ul><ul><li>32 miles, nine stations, six DMU vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Peak period service on weekdays, 35-minute frequencies </li></ul><ul><li>Connector buses to central business district, State Capitol, and University of Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Constructed with local funds < $5 million per mile </li></ul>
    • 8. Capital MetroRail Stations Leander Station Lakeline Station Crestview Station Plaza Saltillo Station MLK, Jr. Station Howard Station
    • 9. Capital MetroRail system features <ul><li>Real-time information and security cameras at stations </li></ul><ul><li>Ticket Vending Machines </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet zones and signal preemption; temporal separation </li></ul><ul><li>State of the art CTC system </li></ul>
    • 10. Capital MetroRail Vehicle: Stadler DMU Type 4 Sleek profile Advanced crash energy management Stronger, safer carbody Self-propelled, Diesel/Electric: all functions powered by electricity Custom AC system, reflective windows specific to hot Texas climate Pending: FRA tank cage Automated Passenger Counters Security cameras Wi-Fi
    • 11.  
    • 12. Federal Railroad Administration Waivers and documentation issues <ul><li>23 issues related to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vehicle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul></ul>
    • 13. MetroRail Implementation
    • 14. <ul><li>Vehicles – early </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities – on time </li></ul><ul><li>Systems - late </li></ul>MetroRail Implementation
    • 15. March 2009 Original Start Date: Postponed
    • 16. What went wrong? <ul><li>Crossing gates </li></ul><ul><li>Train detection </li></ul><ul><li>Communication delays </li></ul><ul><li>CTC logic (dual mode) </li></ul>SYSTEMS INTEGRATION Systems did not function as intended
    • 17. What was done? <ul><li>Changed project oversight </li></ul><ul><li>Established procedures, project management structure, documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Systematically diagnosed/corrected issues </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation and testing </li></ul>
    • 18. Solving issues <ul><li>Crossing gates </li></ul><ul><li>Train detection </li></ul><ul><li>Communication delays </li></ul><ul><li>CTC logic </li></ul>– Signal maintainer expertise – Insulated joints – Timer adjustments – Shunting management – Installed radio-based system – Cellular for backup – Dedicated server – Software changes; freight logic +
    • 19. Completing Readiness <ul><li>Hired new contractor: Herzog Transit Services - December 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive line assessment - January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Corrective actions - January – February 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>End to end testing - March 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>FRA inspection, clearance - March 2010 </li></ul>
    • 20. Lessons Learned
    • 21. Challenges to opening the line stemmed from lack of project organization, expertise and management, not deficiencies in system concept. <ul><li>Project Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define project early </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set adequate budget, schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjust if necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan system integration </li></ul></ul>1 LESSON
    • 22. Challenges to opening the line stemmed from lack of project organization, expertise and management, not deficiencies in system concept. <ul><li>Organization and Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid “starter system” mentality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complex systems  expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop partnerships early </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unified command and control (No silos!) </li></ul></ul>2 LESSON
    • 23. Challenges to opening the line stemmed from lack of project organization, expertise and management, not deficiencies in system concept. <ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish procedures, controls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oversight, testing (Trust but verify) </li></ul></ul>3 LESSON
    • 24. Challenges to opening the line stemmed from lack of project organization, expertise and management, not deficiencies in system concept. 4 <ul><ul><li>Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory agencies </li></ul></ul>LESSON Communicate
    • 25. Successful Launch
    • 26. March 22: Open for business!
    • 27. The “War Room”
    • 28. Capital MetroRail early trends <ul><li>Crush loads first week – now leveled to ~900 per day </li></ul><ul><li>One in 10 riders boards with a bike </li></ul><ul><li>Rail connector bus route ridership low </li></ul><ul><li>Demand for all-day and weekend service high </li></ul>
    • 29. <ul><li>On Time Performance: 98% </li></ul><ul><li>90% of riders have said they’d recommend it to a friend </li></ul>
    • 30. MetroRail Next Steps
    • 31. Next Steps <ul><li>Fuel tank cage design pending FRA approval </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule adjustments, possibly including weekend service </li></ul><ul><li>Bike management, marketing plans </li></ul><ul><li>Project development on extensions, enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>PTC </li></ul>
    • 32. Capital Metro: doing our part to keep Austin rockin’
    • 33. Questions?

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