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POWER SUPPLY
of equipment within a smaller
subset of an overall system. The
company notes that it is replacing overhead catenary systems a
few miles at a time and traction
power substations one or two at a
time and is also designing larger
system extensions in phases.
"The biggest challenge, as is so
often the case in large-scale infrastructure rehabilitation, is funding.
Given the size and complexity of
even the smallest transit operators,
the cost to improve the entire system in one sweeping effort is typically cost-prohibitive," said Daren
Petroski, PE, vice president and
Railroad & Transit Group leader at Burns. "The challenge is to
provide the best technology, while
maintaining the appropriate flexibility for seamless integration into
the older sections of their system, as
well as into future upgrades."

In order to provide its clients
with the needed technology and
flexibility, Petroski says that
Burns helps its clients understand
the best use of their capital improvement funds.
"We frequently perform State
of Good Repair inspections for
agencies across the country as a
way to document and track system conditions and to determine
the remaining useful life of critical
system components," said Petroski. "It is much easier to design
systematic replacements than to
perform emergency repairs that
disrupt passenger service. We have
a duty to our clients to make the
best use of their available funds,
so it is important to help categorize and prioritize the work. Even
if inspections reveal that the components still have many years of life
remaining, this is an important tool

for the owner to use to help set their
budgets in the coming fiscal years.
Second, we are committed to providing the best solutions to our clients. Our staff stay well-trained on
the latest technology developments,
and serve on IEEE, AREMA and
APTA committees, which allow us
to keep the pulse of the industry, as
well as the preferences of many of
the individual agencies."
Next, Burns works with its clients to understand and visualize the
needs of the client's system in order
to develop a right-size approach.
"New technology allows us
to paint a clearer picture to the
owner as to what their system may
look like in order to best serve the
needs of their passengers," said
Jonathan Schimpf, PE, project
manager at Burns.
Schimpf notes that modeling
the system is the first step of any

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