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Rail and Bus Transit - Detailed Description

Downtown East Valley Capitol Light Rail Extension - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, California)

aThe Lamoreaux Group established the overall communications system topology/ architecture, based upon the existing SONET network and fiber cable plant, including a new SONET network, as well as a Gigabit Ethernet network for the ITS/Translink electronic fare payment system.  LG is responsible for communications and fare collection and Translink.

LG Prepared plans, specifications and estimates for the SONET backbone, gigabit Translink LAN, fiber, central/station LAN/WAN, SCADA, PLC/RTUs, public address/visual message sign passenger information systems, TVMs, Translink CIDs,  serial/ethernet access servers, channel banks, digital access crossconnect, telephone systems, CCTV, railway intrusion detection system, central control facilities, software & graphics, and interfaces to computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location systems, train onboard VETAG equipment, wayside signaling, traction power substations, OCS, underground duct banks, stations, intermodal stations/transit center maintenance facilities, trackwork and guideway.

Capitol Avenue Light Rail Extension Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, California)

aLG established the overall communications system topology/ architecture, including fiber plant and central server and workstation platform with hardware and software.  LG supervised development of the project plans, specifications and estimates for the communications and signaling system, and reviewed contractor submittals during construction.  Communications subsystems included the control center, software & graphics, SONET OC-12 backbone, fiber cabling, maintenance telephone system, public adress and visual messaging system, SCADA PLCs/RTUs, routers, switches, servers, workstations, terminal servers/access servers, serial interfaces, channel banks, digital access crossconnect, modems, media converters, and integration with the computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location system, VTA Trapeze scheduling software, ticket vending equipment, signaling, substations and stations.  LG developed standardized monitor, control, and calculated points listings for signaling, substations and stations.  LG reviewed designs for compliance with FTA ADA accessibility guidelines for fixed facilities and stations.  LG staff reviewed contractor proposals as part of the evaluation committee, including making recommendations for award.  LG led the contractor and VTA Operations and Maintenance, in establishing standard software graphical user interfaces and software algorithms as part of the Software Requirements Specification (SRS), Software Design Description (SDD), and Software Validation and Verification Plan (SVV).  This included interpreting the intent of the existing system as-built design documentation, and assisting the contractor and VTA in completely replacing and rebuilding the Centralized Traffic Control/Train Management as well as Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition system.  Significant design activities occurred during the construction process, with LG in the lead of these activities.

Vasona Light Rail Extension - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, California)

aLG is responsible for communications system topology design, reviewing and supervising development of contract documents for communications and signaling, and reviewing contractor submittals during construction.  LG is providing construction/project management services for this project, including inspection and testing suppor. System elements included central control, software & graphics, SONET OC-12 backbone, fiber cabling, public address and visual messaging system, maintenance telephone system, tunnel radio system, blue light stations in the Caltrain tunnel crossing, SCADA PLCs/RTUs, routers, switches, Windows 2000 servers, workstations, terminal servers/access servers, serial interfaces, channel banks, digital access crossconnect, modems, media converters, and integration with the computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location system, dispatch/scheduling software, ticket vending equipment, signaling, substations and stations.

 

Tasman East Light Rail Extension - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, California)

LG was responsible for communications system topology design.  LG staff reviewed and supervised development of contract documents for communications, including central control, software & graphics, SONET OC-12 backbone, fiber cabling, maintenance telephone system, public address and visual messaging system, routers, switches, Windows 2000 servers, workstations, terminal servers/access servers, channel banks, PLCs/RTUs, and integration the with computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location system, dispatch/scheduling software, ticket vending equipment, signaling, substations and stations.  LG was responsible for overseeing the design of the communications system, as well as providing construction design support including submittal reviews, awriting test procedures, and reviewing test reports.   The Lamoreaux Group represented VTA senior management and project controls during close out negotiations with the contractor.  The project was completed in two phases, Baypoint to I-880, and then I-880 to Hostetter Station.

 

 

 

 

 

Overall Communications Planning,Design Construction/Project Management San Mateo County Transit District (San Mateo, California)

aCommunications Design. The Lamoreaux Group was selected to perform planning and design services for new communication systems at stations, central and maintenance facilities, and on board trains and buses.  LG completed a survey of the existing stations, and prepared as-built drawings of each station, located all station equipment, communications cabinets, power sources and determined how to tie to the future fiber trunk.  LG completed a 60% design for equipment at 34 passenger stations, and central control, including:  SONET/Gigabit Ethernet fiber optic backbone, leased T1/ISDN WAN, communications enclosures, public address, LCD and LED visual message signs, CCTV, station platform wiring and devices, station control units, PLCs/RTUs, servers/workstations and integration of existing and future Caltrain systems including traction power, signaling, central control and ticket vending machines.  This 60% design served as the basis for a number of design packages to be bid as separate projects.

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Communication Systems Planning. LG prepared a communications needs assessment for Caltrain’s future communication needs.  LG prepared an implementation plan which included a phased migration from a leased WAN to a private fiber backbone.  As part of the implementation plan, LG staff completed a value engineering report comparing a leased WAN to a private fiber backbone.  LG also prepared the existing and future systems reports and identified existing and future communications needs at Caltrain.  These planning documents serve as the Master Plan for communications at Caltrain, in conjuction with the 60% design level documents prepared to guide completion of a number of separate bid packages.

 

CCTV/Communications/Infrared Audible Signs Design Construction/Project Management - San Mateo County Transit District(San Mateo, California)

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Closed Circuit Television System, Stations & Yards.   LG provided design services for this 142 camera system, which included CCTV at four passenger stations, and two yard facilities.  Cameras included color and low light color/B&W, domes, bullets, conventional enclosures with low light color/B&W with 850 nm infrared illuminators, and pan/tilt/zoom cameras with infrared illuminators.  LG developed a "hot spot" network topology, which decreased costs and provided for future system expansion.  The hot spot topology has been adopted by the agency for deployment throughout their system.  5.8 Ghz microwave data transmission was utilized to link ahotspots to centralized CCTV racks and cabinets.  WAN and power facilities were upgraded as well, as a portion of this project.  LG performed site investigation, researched existing Caltrain plans, and developed plans, specifications, estimates, and construction schedules for the project, including pole/towers and foundations.  LG also performed a microwave site survey in multiple bands, to determine existing conditions for wireless communications.

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Infrared Audible (Talking) Sign System (part of CCTV bid package).  LG provided design and construction/project management services for this communication system, which provides audible messages through earphones carried by sight impaired passengers.  LG prepared plans, specifications, estimates, and construction schedule.  The Audible signs announce a programmable message via infrared communications, between the sign transmitter and passenger carried receiver.  Signs were located at all station and platform entry points, ticket vending machines, Translink, ticket validators, ticket counters, restrooms, and other facilities provided for passengers.  LG designed power system upgrades to power the sign system as well.

 

 

 

 

Public Address System Design - San Mateo County Transit District (San Mateo, California)

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Public Address System, Site/Sound Survey, 21 Passenger Stations.  LG performed a site investigation for 21 of the 34 Caltrain passenger stations, and prepared a report to assist the planning process for upgrading PA systems.  As part of this effort, LG performed sound pressure level tests for all public station areas, as well as performing intelligibility tests.  Hand held computer equipment was utilized to generate sound waveforms and record results.  Digital photographs of equipment were taken, and recommendations for equipment, conduit, and wiring were made for each station as part of the report.  Existing amplifiers, mixers, ambient noise detection and speakers were investigated and summarized in the report.  Cost estimates for upgrading each station were completed.  LG identified the method of implementing system improvements, prioritizing improvements into three areas, to be budgeted and implemented in subsequent phases.  The report was presented to engineering, planning, and IT staff, and consensus was reached on the method of upgrading the system.  Design of subsequent phases is based upon this report.

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Public Address System, 6 Passenger Stations.  LG is preparing plans, specifications, estimates, and construction schedules for this project, as well as site investigation of existing conditions.  The system includes new speakers, enclosures, conduit, wiring, central racks and equipment, UPS, public address amplifiers, mixers, ambient noise detection at 6 Caltrain Passenger Stations.

Public Address System, 23 Passenger Stations.  LG designed and implemented 4 wire E&M lines at 23 additional Caltrain stations, integrated with new head end Public Address servers, workstations, and controllers, allowing automated and live group messaging.  LG provided design support, as well as construction/project management and testing support on site during cutover, including coordination with the system supplier, telco, and Samtrans staff.  LG prepared control center drawings showing new head end equipment and wiring.

CAD/AVL/Communications Design - San Mateo County Transit District (San Mateo, California)

All three projects below are part of an integrated CAD/AVL Passenger Information System.

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Passenger Internet Access System.   LG is serving as the agent for Samtrans/Caltrain, representing the agency in negotiations with potential system suppliers and internet service providers, to provide Internet Access (WiMax 801.16d,e, WiFi 802.11a,b,g, 3G) on all passenger trains, and at all passenger stations.  LG researched existing technologies and companies, to prepare a request for proposal and draft concession agreement.  LG prepared system drawings and specifications for the wireless internet access system and global positioning equipment.  LG developed the interfaces to related systems.  LG also performed a site survey in 802.11a, b, and g bands, to determine existing conditions for wireless access.

aCentralized Traffic Control Upgrade.  LG is serving as the agent for Samtrans/Caltrain, representing the agency in discussion and negotiations with the existing supplier for the CTC/Signaling system.  LG is preparing the drawings, specifications and estimates to be included with a request for proposal for an upgrade to the CTC system, including new software features related to GPS positioning.  The GPS supplements positions from track circuits/interlockings/control points, to then generate train arrival information for integration with the Public Address and Visual Messaging systems.

Integrated Public Address/Visual Messaging System (PA/VMS).  LG is providing plans, specifications, estimates, and construction schedules for this project.  The project included a central control software/hardware upgrade, in addition to station control units and related equipment installed at passenger stations.  This system utilizes text-to-speech capability, as part of a totally digital, integrated system.  Common operator console displays provide a single interface for both PA and VMS.  The PA/VMS system is integrated with the CTC and Passenger Internet/GPS systems, providing a fully functional CAD/AVL system with automated messaging.

Guadalupe Light Rail Retrofit - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, California)

aThe Lamoreaux Group was responsible for overseeing the design of the communications system for this Light Rail Transit system, as well as providing construction design support including submittal reviews, writing test procedures, and reviewing test reports.  LG staff represented VTA senior management and project controls during close out negotiations with the contractor.  The work included the overseeing the design and construction of the control center, software & graphics, SONET OC-12 backbone, fiber cabling, SCADA PLCs/RTUs, maintenance telephone system, public address and visual messaging system, routers, switches, Unix/Windows servers, workstations, serial interfaces, channel banks, digital access crossconnect, modems, media converters, and integration with computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location system, dispatch/scheduling software, ticket vending equipment, signaling, substations and stations.

Tasman West Light Rail Extension - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, California)

aLG was responsible for administering the construction contract for the communications system including construction/project management, providing project controls support, inspecting construction, writing testing procedures, and performing integration testing.  The work included overseeing the design and construction of the control center, software & graphics, SONET OC-3 backbone, fiber cabling, PLCs/RTUs, public address and visual messaging system, maintenance telephone system, routers, switches, Windows/Unix servers, workstations, serial interfaces, channel banks, digital access crossconnect, modems, media converters, and integration awith computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location system, dispatch/scheduling software, ticket vending equipment, signaling, substations and stations.  LG reviewed submittals, developed the software point and wiring database, and developed graphic screens for the project.  The Lamoreaux Group was responsible for allocation of dark fiber for agency and county purposes including Smart Corridor, Santa Clara County traffic controller network, VTA IS/IT needs, and VTA telecommunications needs.  LG also provided design support for the Ticket Vending Machines.  This communications project was initially 7 months behind schedule with design by the contractor at a standstill, which was the reason the Lamoreaux Group was brought into the project.  Our firm brought the project in under budget and on the accelerated schedule (1 year early) for on time opening of this rail line segment.  Contractor claims and change orders were reduced by 62% at contract closeout.

Translink Network Project Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, California)

aThe Lamoreaux Group (LG) was responsible for the design of a new parallel network separate from the VTA SONET system, which utilizes dark fiber plant for connectivity.  This network is for the ITS/Translink CID project, to implement smart card technology at all 65 VTA passenger station locations.  LG prepared plans, specifications and estimates for this electronic payment system network, including Station Ethernet switches with Gigabit uplinks, new stations racks in existing enclosures, addition of air conditioning to key enclosures, power and communications/data wiring, fiber cabling, Uninterruptible Power Supplies, multi station Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches with GBIC modules, core Gigabit Ethernet switches with GBIC modules, integration with ERG servers at central control, and integration with existing dark fiber, stations, Younger Operations and Maintenance Facility data center, and River Oaks Administration Facility data center.

aThe network also includes the provision to add access points at the 65 passenger station locations, some of which are intermodal transit center stations with VTA buses, for downloading stored video, automated passenger counting information, Translink transactions, and vehicle health information.  The network architecture design included provisions for 10 gigabit upgrades to core 1 gigabit network nodes.

 

 

 

 

 

VTA On Call Projects (All Lines) Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) (San Jose, California)

aSan Jose City Traffic Controller Network: Designed network connections to VTA facilities and to the city Traffic Control center, utilizing existing dark fiber on the light rail lines, including Smart Corridor fiber.
TVM/Translink Planning & Conceptual Design:  Evaluated local area network (LAN) hardwired and wireless link options at passenger stations to connect Translink terminals to the VTA WAN, as well as to provide transport/connectivity to validate transactions, including detailed cost estimates. 
TVM/Network Design:  Provided design and construction/project management services on local area networks for the TVMs as well as at the Operations Control Center (OCC), including overall toplogy, network cabling, fiber optic cabling, media converters, ethernet hubs, and connections to SONET and channel banks, including software interfaces and SCADA points database.
aVTA Administrative – Operations/Maintenance Network:  LG designed network connections between VTA administrative facilities near River Oaks station and operations/maintenance facilities 7 miles to the south at Younger and North First Street. Operation Control Center Design: Designed the overview display system, ergonomic design for display viewing angles, selected equipment, designed modifications for power and video/communications cabling, as well as needed building modifications.
Uninterruptible Power Supply System Design: Design of UPS systems for overhead contact system control circuits, including UPS selection, conduit, wiring, and coordination with existing SCADA systems.
Train Identification System Design: LG designed the transport network for existing inductive loops and event recorders in dark territory, include access servers and fiber. 
System Fiber Cable/Strand Dark Fiber Planning Map:  LG prepared a map of all existing VTA fiber optic cable and fiber strands, showing lit and unlit fiber/dark fiber.  Node locations are shown, as well as fiber counts and use between nodes. 
Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) Base Map:  LG prepared a base map of all VTA light rail lines using 19 separate sets of civil, stations, and signaling contract documents, for developing the CTC central control software for Tasman West and future LRT lines.  The map shows track centerlines, station platforms, track circuit impedance bonds/track circuit limits, switches, substations, traffic loops, and city streets.
VTA WiMax Wireless Network:  LG performed site investigations for 49 miles of track and 65 passenger stations, designed a network topology for the system, selected equipment, prepared detailed cost estimates, and a feasibility report for the system.

Visual Messaging and Public Address System Design - Metropolitan Transportation Development Board (San Diego, California)

aMessaging System Technology Survey.  The Lamoreaux Group completed a technology survey of existing and proposed messaging systems, including contacting system suppliers and transit agencies, to determine desirable system features, and to determine how existing systems are meeting the needs of transit agencies.  Based upon this survey, LG developed the design criteria, which guided the balance of the design.  Displays investigated included LCD and LED displays.

 

aPublic Address/Visual Messaging System Upgrade.  The San Diego Trolley/Metropolitan Transportation Development Board (MTDB) retrofitted stations along the Blue and Orange Lines for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, including the replacement of the existing independent visual message signs, with a centrally controlled system, and replacement of the Public Address system.  The Lamoreaux Group provided the design of the improvements, including central software and display screens, central control equipment for Visual Message Signs and Public Address, modifications to the existing Wide Area Network/Leased line communication system, station control units, new visual message signs, new station Public Address system, new station conduit and wiring, and modifications to the power distribution and grounding system at central control and at the stations.

San Jose Extension Communications and Security Systems Design - Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Rapid Transit (San Jose, California)

aThe BART SVRT Transit system is a 16 mile extension to the existing BART system, starting at the BART Warm Springs station, and ending at the Caltrain Santa Clara Station, including a 4 mile tunnel segment under downtown San Jose.  LG is responsible for communications and security systems design, including SCADA system, Railroad Intrusion Detection System/CCTV system, Tunnel Portal Intrusion Detection System/CCTV system, Public Address System, Station Platform Trip Stations, and Elevator Monitoring system, in addition to responsibilities for design integration.  LG is preparing functional system descriptions, selecting equipment, and preparing plans, specifications, and estimates for the project as part of the systems design team.  LG is designing security systems, in response to more stringent security requirements.  System elements included central control hardware/software, integrated control system software & graphics, SONET OC-48 backbone, public address, visual messaging saystem including LCD and LED displays, fire/emergency/service/maintenance telephone system, tunnel radio system, blue light stations, SCADA PLCs/RTUs, ventilation control panels, routers, switches, servers, workstations, access servers, serial interfaces, channel banks, media converters, and integration with the train control system, power substations, ticket vending equipment, and station systems.  LG introduced an innovative design concept using “Hotspots” or centralized equipment cabinets, as aggregation points for cabling and equipment functions, which has been approved and adopted by BART, and is being implemented for all Security Systems.  LG introduced a perimeter security system between a freight railroad and BART, which is redundant enough to directly control train movement, rather than having an operator review the security alarms.  In addition, LG introduced a combined CCTV motion detection and intrusion sensor network for tunnel portals, which is new for BART, which will likely be deployed widely throughout BART.  LG evaluated intrusion detection systems at other transit agencies, and prepared a white paper supporting the SVRT design approach, by identifying system features, including use of advanced intelligent video surveillance techniques.

Hiawatha Light Rail Project - Minneapolis Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

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Communication Systems Design. The Lamoreaux Group was responsible for preparing the preliminary design for communications as part of the Kaiser/Earthtech/Balfour Beatty design/build project team.  The preliminary design included all aspects of the communications system, including central control, the central computer network, servers, workstations, displays and related equipment, SCADA, PLCs/RTUs, centralized traffic control, above and below ground station and tunnel equipment, closed circuit television (CCTV), public address, visual message boards, radio system including tunnel radio, blue light stations in the airport tunnel, airport control panels, station control units, maintenance and service telephones.  This included integration of ticket vending equipment, signaling, substations and stations.

BC Transit Skytrain Automated Light Rail Transit System (Vancouver)

aLG was responsible for reviewing SCADA and station communications testing and commissioning procedures and testing reports, as well as SCADA graphic screens and software.  The SCADA system included fire/security and traction power, cabling, PLCs/RTUs, servers, and workstations.  Station communications included service telephones, maintenance telephones, public address system, and CCTV system.  The system included integration with ticket vending equipment, train control, substations, stations, and maintenance facility.