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Asset Category: Maintenance Equipment

Metro’s rail system consists of 106 miles of track that was put into service between 1976 and 2004. Maintaining this network of track in a safe and reliable state requires an array of rail maintenance equipment. Rail maintenance equipment is essential for the efficient execution of track rehabilitation projects. Timely re- habilitation and replacement of track equipment will ensure equipment depend- ability, reduce the probability of delay due to equipment breakdown and allow for efficient use of track work hours. To keep the track work area safe, Metro also needs to replace old and illegible signage (e.g., “High Voltage”). Rail maintenance equipment needs also includes the rehabilitation of the track switch machines and the procurement of a geometry vehicle to analyze track conditions.

Timely rehabilitation and re- placement of track equipment will ensure equipment depend- ability, reduce the probability of delay due to equipment break- down and allow for efficient use of track work hours.

To maintain Metro’s rail car and bus fleet, maintenance facilities use a variety of equipment. The rehabilitation and replacement of this fleet maintenance equipment on a life cycle basis is necessary to maintain equipment reliability and safety.

Metro stores the parts and materials necessary to deliver Metrobus, Metrorail and

MetroAccess services at 23 storerooms. These storerooms are operated by the Office of Procurement and Materials (5), the Rail Department (7) and the Office of Bus Main- tenance (11). The majority of storerooms are located at bus garages and rail yards. The Metro Supply Facility (MSF) is the agency’s major storeroom and is operated by the Of- fice of Procurement and Materials.To maintain safe and reliable storeroom operations, materials handling equipment (e.g., forklifts) must be replaced on a life cycle basis. In addition, the replacement of existing vertical storage units, shelving, and racking will

Performance—Maintenance Equipment Needs by Project Type ($240.5 Million)



improve the operational efficiency of Metro’s storerooms.


Metro’s Performance - Maintenance Equipment needs fall into four main project types and total $240.5 million over the next 10 years (see figure to the right). A brief description of each project type follows.


Rail Maintenance Equipment ($159.7 Million)

Rail Maintenance Equipment

Under the Track Maintenance Equipment project, Metro rehabilitates and replaces heavy-duty track equipment including locomotives, tunnel washers, deicers, flat cars, tampers, prime movers, grinders, and cranes. About two-thirds of this equipment is used to maintain the steel running rail that guides Metro’s trains, the cross ties and fasteners that hold the rail in place, the ballast bed that supports the cross ties and the third rail that provides power to the train. The other equipment is used to maintain Metro’s aerial structures and tunnels. Over the next ten years, Metro plans to replace 84 pieces of heavy-duty maintenance equipment according to equipment life cycles.

Rail Car Repair Equipment

Bus Repair Equipment

Business Facilities Equipment

Metro’s rail system contains thousands of graphic signs indicating locations and warnings to employees, emergency responders, and the general public. Examples

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