Passenger Transport June 2017 Vol 75 No 11 - 14

2017 RAIL CONFERENCE

LA Metro ... On a Roll

New Railcars Serve Growing System,
Provide Local Jobs
BY PHILLIP A. WASHINGTON
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles Metro

much needed to provide service
on our growing rail system. We
expect four to five cars a month
to provide new rolling stock for
AS LOS ANGELES Metro
the Blue Line and other lines in
continues its transportation
our 88-mile light-rail system.
revolution for the people of Los
The car design is unique
Angeles County, we are celebratto Metro and offers enhanced
Phillip A. Washington
ing not just the big infrastrucsafety, visibility, maintainability
ture projects underway but also the less
and reliability. The exterior is highly
noted components that make the big
reflective, with a bright silver and yellow
projects work.
shell that increases passenger safety by
New railcars are important pieces of
making the cars highly visible to other
the transportation puzzle and, in early
vehicles and pedestrians. Interior displays
May, our first American-assembled Kinkhave been upgraded with improved maps
isharyo light-rail car entered service on
and electronic displays to aid passenthe Metro Blue Line between downtown
gers in getting to their destinations. For
Los Angeles and Long Beach. This model
operators and maintainers, touch screens
was already running successfully on the
have been added to assist with running
Gold and Expo lines and is, in fact, the
and troubleshooting the vehicles.
equipment that allowed the two lines to
For Metro's growing subway system,
open a year ago.
in April we signed an agreement with
The new railcars are part of an order
China Railway Rolling Stock Corporaof 235 being fabricated in Los Angeles
tion Ltd. (CRRC) to purchase 64 cars
County as a result of a partnership
between LA Metro and the Japanese comLOS ANGELES METRO CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
pany in which the firm agreed
to develop a railcar facility in
the county and hire local workers for the assembly process.
As a result, more than
400 local workers are
employed in Palmdale, in
northern LA County, giving
a boost to the economy and
creating sleek new cars that are One of Los Angeles Metro's newest light rail vehicles in service.

14 | Passenger Transport

Valley Metro Rail Launches
Unique Training Program
BY KEN RAGHUNANDAN
Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance
Superintendent
Valley Metro
Phoenix

T

his time last year, Valley Metro
was honored to host rail professionals from around the world
at the 2016 APTA Rail Conference and
International Rail Rodeo, one of the hottest APTA events in history-literally:
Record-setting heat topped 115 degrees
every day of the conference.
Valley Metro Rail is gearing up for
another long, hot summer in the Valley
of the Sun. As you can imagine, keeping
50,000 riders a day cool in triple-digit
heat is taxing on our heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) units.
As the operator of one of only a few
light rail systems in the world operating
regularly in 100-plus-degree heat, the
agency needs specialized knowledge to
maintain and repair the equipment that
cools our trains.
That's why I reached out to the
Refrigeration School Inc. (RSI), the largest HVAC school in the country, which
just so happens to be located along our
light rail line. At our request, the experts
at RSI created a custom training program
specifically designed around the niche
HVAC equipment used on Valley Metro
Rail.
The five-week hands-on training is
nearing completion. Unlike other programs at RSI, the learning has taken place

Valley Metro Rail maintenance technicians
participate in HVAC training provided by the
Refrigeration School Inc.

inside our rail maintenance facility and
during the early morning hours to accommodate maintenance schedules. This
specialized training will enable current
and future Valley Metro Rail maintenance
technicians to develop their career and
technical knowledge, proving that public
transit not only gets people to their jobs,
it also creates and sustains careers.
With today's HVAC systems more
sophisticated than ever and climates
unique to each transit agency, our
industry requires a workforce with specialized knowledge and skills for installations, maintenance and repairs. The
heat is on and this training comes at a
perfect time as we settle in for summer
and beyond.



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