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Asset Category: Systems and Technology

Customer/Demand – Systems and Technology Needs by Project Type ($355.6 Million)

$32.4

$39.7

$149.7

An extensive technology infrastructure works behind the scenes at Metro providing critical support to transit operations. Key examples include sched- uling software for Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess and Metro Police Transit Department’s dispatch and records system. Other software is designed specifically to serve the customer, such as the Metrobus NextBus system

which uses Global Positioning System (GPS) software and route schedules to predict bus arrival times. In addition, systems such as Metrorail’s traction- power ensure that trains have the electricity needed to power Metro trains. This Customer/Demand investment category includes operating systems and information technology projects necessary to enhance performance, improve communication with customers and provide additional capacity to serve a growing ridership.

$133.8

YOE, $ Millions

Over the next ten years, a significant operating system investment is needed to improve Metrorail’s traction-power system to allow the deployment of up to 100% 8-car trains at peak periods (see Power System Upgrade – Rail). Operations Support Software projects will integrate and enhance Metro’s existing operation software to better serve customers, including automated information sharing between Metro-

Power System Upgrades - Rail

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Operations Support Services

Business Support Software and Equipment

plans to upgrade its website to encourage rider usage and information sharing (see Business Support Software and Equipment). To meet growing ridership, Metro has identified new automatic fare collection system upgrades and equipment needs (see Rail Fare Equipment).

Rail Fare Equipment

The figure to the left shows Metro’s Customer/Demand - Systems and Technology needs ($355.6 million over the next 10 years) by project type. A brief description of each project type follows.

Power System Upgrades – Rail ($149.7 Million)

Upgrades are required to ensure that 8-car trains can operate without risk of an overload to the power system which could cause damage to the power equipment, cabling and/or trains.

To meet increasing ridership demand and avoid overcrowding, Metro is moving from a combination of 6- and 8-car trains to 100% 8-car trains. This requires additional investment in the electrical system that powers the trains. 8-Car Trains Power Upgrades increases the power supply capacity of the traction-power system at a cost of $149.7 million. Under this project, additional transformers, rectifiers, breakers, track feeder cables and negative return cables will be installed in the Metrorail system. These upgrades are required to ensure that 8-car trains can operate without risk of an overload to the power system which could cause damage to the power equipment, cabling and/or trains.

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