Passenger Transport June 2017 Vol 75 No 11 - 3

Gillig Moves Headquarters FRA, FTA Announce
To Livermore, CA
$197 Million in PTC Grants
AS PASSENGER TRANSPORT

ON MAY 31, FRA and FTA announced

went to press, Gillig LLC-the last heavy
duty bus manufacturer wholly owned
and made in America-was preparing
for the June 1 opening of its new headquarters and production plant in Livermore, CA, leaving its longtime home in
Hayward, CA, after some 80 years.
According to published reports, the
127-year-old company made the move
because it had outgrown its Hayward
facility. "We made a conscious decision
to stay right here rather than leaving the
state," Gillig President Derek Maunus
said, adding, "It's the team that's gotten
us here ... trying to replace that would
be a huge mistake."

the 17 recipients of $197 million in
competitive grant funding, authorized
under the FAST Act, to help commuter
and intercity passenger rail projects in
13 states meet the Dec. 31, 2018, congressional deadline to implement
PTC systems.
FRA and FTA selected
the recipients from among
27 eligible applications
requesting $455 million, more
than double the $197 million
Congress authorized. FRA was responsible for selecting the recipients and FTA
will award and administer the grants
during Fiscal Year 2017.
"Millions of people rely on our
nation's commuter railroads and positive train control will help ensure safe
and reliable service," said FTA Executive Director Matthew Welbes. "Today's
announcement means that commuter
railroads can move forward with the
implementation of an important rail
safety feature."

The new headquarters comprises a
600,000-square-foot main facility including two smaller structures, a fabrication
and assembly building and a location to
prepare buses for delivery. Gillig said it
will provide about 850 new jobs in the
area.
"Our new production facility opened
as scheduled and is delivering the highquality transit buses that our customers
expect of us and in the timeframe promised," said Joe Policarpio, Gillig vice
president, sales.
Gillig's new manufacturing plant is
located in the 168-acre Oak Business
Park in Livermore, where its neighbors
will include Tesla and the Livermore
Amador Valley Transit Authority's bus maintenance facility.
According to the Gillig
website, the company's history
began in San Francisco in 1890,
when Jacob Gillig established
it as a manufacturer of horsedrawn carriages. Following the
1906 San Francisco earthquake
and fire, the firm reopened as
Leo Gillig Automobile Works,
evolving into a manufacturer
of car bodies, hearses, trucks
Celebrating the first buses off the line at Gillig's Livermore,
and early model buses. In
CA, facility, from left: Gillig President Derek Maunus; Bruce
1932, the company moved into
Abel, chief operating officer, Regional Transportation District,
school bus construction as GilDenver; Rick Ramacier, general manager, Central Contra Costa
lig Bros., opening the Hayward
Transit Authority (CCCTA), Concord, CA; Emmett Heath, chief
headquarters in 1938. Gillig
executive officer, Community Transit, Snohomish County,
began building transit buses
WA; David Olmeda, chief operating officer, San Mateo County
in the 1970s, phasing out the
Transit District, San Carlos, CA; Scott Mitchell, CCCTA director of
school bus business.
maintenance; and Joe Policarpio, Gillig vice president, sales.

Dignitaries Visit Brightline's
West Palm Beach Station
BRIGHTLINE, the only privately
funded U.S. express intercity passenger
rail service, recently opened its station
in downtown West Palm Beach, FL, to
business and government leaders in
advance of the South Florida line opening late this summer.
"Each day we mark another milestone as Brightline continues construction and readies for the launch of
service later this summer," said Dave
Howard, Brightline's chief executive
officer. "Our partners in Palm Beach
County, the city of West Palm Beach
and the Florida Chamber of Commerce
have supported our efforts and we look
forward to making significant economic
impacts and changing the way people
travel throughout the region."
Brightline will connect West Palm
Beach and Fort Lauderdale when it
begins service, extending to Miami in

Brightline CEO Dave Howard tests a fare gate at
the rail line's West Palm Beach Station.

the fall.
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
said, "Enhancing the city of West Palm
Beach's mobility and transportation network is a top priority, and the introduction of Brightline will encourage the use
of transit and allow us to welcome more
visitors who aren't driving automobiles."
Brightline will use trainsets built by
Siemens in Sacramento, CA, which operate at speeds up to 125 mph-defined
as "higher-speed rail" rather than highspeed rail. Each train consists of two
diesel-electric engines and four coaches
and features Wi-Fi, power outlets, reclining seats, large windows, wide aisles and
overhead luggage storage.
Four of Brightline's five trainsets-
identified as BrightOrange, BrightGreen,
BrightBlue and BrightPink-are undergoing the required dynamic and static testing, with the fifth, BrightRed, expected
to arrive this month. Each of the trainsets is painted in its namesake color in
a design intended to suggest speed and
modern technology. All locomotives are
painted an intense yellow.
Workers are completing the
60,000-square-foot station, located
within walking distance of numerous
downtown destinations. The station
includes a parking garage, retail space
and a residential building.

FRA Executive Director Patrick
Warren said, "The number of passengers
depending on rail has increased dramatically, which means PTC is needed now
more than ever. This funding will get
us closer to PTC implementation on
some of the most significant railroads in the country that transport several million passengers
to and from work every day."
The largest individual grants
are $33.75 million to New York
State DOT for an Amtrak corridor,
$31.63 million to the South Florida
Regional Transportation Authority (TriRail), $21.68 million to the Peninsula
Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain),
San Carlos, CA, and $20.2 million to
the Regional Transportation Authority
(Metra) in Chicago. To see the complete
list, go to www.fra.dot.gov.
The grants under this program will
be used to install PTC technology,
including back office systems and wayside, communications and associated
onboard hardware equipment.

Cleveland Breaks Ground
For New Campus Station
COMMUNITY LEADERS and offiThe existing station, which origicials of the Greater Cleveland Regional
nally opened in 1930, is on the Green
Transit Authority (RTA) broke ground
and Blue light rail lines and Red heavy
May 31 for a new, ADA-compliant rail
rail line and serves three RTA bus
and bus station near the Tri-C Metro
lines. Its neighborhood includes the
Campus, which will replace the existCampus District-home to educational
ing E. 34-Campus Rapid Station when it
and medical institutions, arts venues
opens late next year.
and entertainment-and the Oppor"Public transit is a key component of
tunity Corridor, a reinvestment project
a robust economy. Without the funding
designed to support job growth, comand civic support from the local, state
munity improvement, the mobility of
and federal levels, critical projects like
people and goods, quality of life and
this new Campus Station would not be
the local environment.
possible," said RTA Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Joe Calabrese.
Construction costs for
the new Campus Station will
account for $6 million of the
total project cost of $7.5 million, and federal funds will cover
about 80 percent of the construction cost. The station will
incorporate extended ramps in
place of escalators and elevators
Joining area leaders for the groundbreaking were RTA CEO
as part of its accessible features,
and General Manager Joe Calabrese, left, and RTA Board
along with public art in accorMember and APTA Immediate Past Chair Valarie J. McCall,
dance with federal guidelines.
right, who helped young riders start the project.

New CEO Named
Poftak, Interim, MBTA
STEVE POFTAK, vice chair of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board
(FMCB), will temporarily vacate that position July 1 to serve as
MBTA interim general manager when the current acting general
manager, Brian Shortsleeve, steps down to join the FMCB as a
Steve Poftak
member.
During his tenure with MBTA, Poftak will take a leave of absence from his current
post as executive director of The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard
Kennedy School. When MBTA names a permanent general manager, Poftak will return
to the FMCB.
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