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System Projects

Palmetto Station Traction Power Sub-Station

This project will install a new Traction Power Substation at the existing Palmetto Station. This implementation is necessary to provide the required higher 600 Volts Direct Current (VDC) for the 136 new Metrorail vehicles scheduled to be delivered beginning 2015. This project is scheduled to be completed by the last quarter of 2015.

Lehman Center Test Track

This project will construct a new test track (2,500 feet long) at the existing Metrorail Lehman Center Facility. This implementation is necessary to provide the required test facility in support of the 136 new Metrorail vehicles. The test track will be used for inspection, testing and certification of the new fleet.  This project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2014.

Lehman Yard Rehabilitation - Expansion Phase 1

This project will construct five storage and two maintenance of way (MOW) tracks at the existing Metrorail Lehman Center Facility. This implementation is necessary to provide the required storage and transition facility in support of the 136 new Metrorail vehicles. This project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2014.

Existing Metrorail Stations (Phase 1) Graphics and Signage Retrofit

The project involves the development of a new graphic wayfinding system for effective communication at all the existing Metrorail stations.  This project was completed June 18, 2012.

Metrorail Central Control Upgrade

This project will update the existing Metrorail portion of the MDT Control Center replacing the existing 26 year old system.  This upgrade/expansion will improve and support the day-to-day management for the operations and revenue service activities of the Metrorail system including the future rail corridors such as the MIC-Earlington Heights extension.  This project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2013.

Metromover Replacement Vehicles

Miami-Dade Transit is currently under contract to replace each of its 29 Metromover vehicles since the current Metromover vehicles are approaching their useful design life of 20 years. The new vehicles incorporate a sleek new design, greater reliability and improved customer service. Twelve Phase 1 replacement vehicles were commissioned to revenue service on October 27, 2009. The remaining 17 Phase 2 vehicles have been delivered; the last batch arriving August 17, 2012. To date, all 29 vehicles have been fully accepted and commissioned into passenger service by MDT.  The project is expected to be completed within budget.

Metrorail Replacement Vehicles

Starting in 2014, Miami-Dade Transit's original Metrorail vehicles will approach their useful life of 30 years. MDT will procure 136 modern vehicles equipped with the latest technology applicable on today’s rapid transit rail vehicles.  These new Metrorail vehicles will include an elegant new exterior and interior design and will offer transit customers improved reliability and customer service. The new vehicles will also be equipped with high tech HVAC, passenger information systems (PIS) with extensive media content (Wi-Fi, time, news, weather, etc.) digital audio announcements, route maps, destination and other signage.

The Regional Transit Commission (RTC) approved and forwarded the contract to the Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) with favorable recommendation on October 15, 2012. The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the contact award recommendation on November 8, 2012. Delivery of six pilot vehicles is expected during the second quarter of 2015 and the last six vehicles to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.

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