Metro needs to conduct pre- ventive maintenance work to extend the useful life of vehicle- related assets and prevent costly rehabilitation projects. The close proximity of these vehicle-re- lated facilities to rail stations makes it important to prevent water, debris and other runoff from damaging the track bed.
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prevent costly rehabilitation projects. The close proximity of these vehicle-related facilities to rail stations makes it important to prevent water, debris and other run-
off from damaging the track bed.
Although the bulk of Metro’s passenger facilities investment target rail stations, elevators, escalators and parking facilities, additional investments are required to maintain Metro’s bicycle racks and lockers. Between 2002 and 2007, the number of people using bikes to access rail stations grew by 60%. Bicycling is one of the most cost-efficient modes of station access Metro can provide. For example, the space dedicated to a single vehicle in a parking garage could hold 10 – 12 bicycles. Metro has 1,743 bike racks and 1,268 key-operated lockers throughout the rail system. Due to increased population, denser development around stations
and gas prices, it has become clear that Metro needs to provide and maintain
bicycle storage facilities. Metro’s Performance - Passenger Facility needs over the next ten years total $372.3 million and fall into three project types: Maintenance of Rail System Facilities, Elevators/Escalators Facilities, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities (see table below). A brief description of each project type follows.
Performance Passenger Facility Needs by Project Type
Capital Needs ($ YOE Millions)
Elevator/Escalator Facilities Maintenance of Rail Station Facilities Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Total
Elevator / Escalator Facilities ($233.8 million)
Metro staff maintains 275 elevators (236 in Metrorail system and 39 in Metro support facilities) and 588 escalators in order to control costs and allow for greater scheduling flexibility. This program continually conducts preventive maintenance work throughout the system to keep the elevators and escalator facilities available and reliable. In ad- dition, Metro refurbishes 15 elevators and 30 escalators a year. Elevators and escala- tors generally have a 40-50 year life with a midlife rehabilitation at about 20-25 years. Hydraulic elevators can be modernized for about $240,000 (2008 dollars) and traction elevators can be modernized for about $300,000 (2008 dollars) depending on the size and location of the elevator. The cost of rehabilitating an escalator is about $400,000 depending on the style, manufacturer, and length of the escalator. Metro estimates that
the maintenance work extends the life of escalators by an additional 20 years.
A regular maintenance program enables Metro to lower operating and future re- pair costs. These capital investments ensure the longevity of Metro’s escalators and