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Train Control & SCADA Upgrade

Train Control & SCADA Upgrade

    • Authority’s Rail Services Control Center last refreshed two decades ago, modernization being planned
    • Intermittent failures on one of the busiest ridership days in 2009 exposed issues of stability, accelerated modernization plans
    • Needed to upgrade Train Control & SCADA Systems including communications systems, field units, fault identification and monitoring systems, Integrated (rail, bus, police and communications) Control Center, and Emergency Operations
    • Also needed to re-engineer business processes and practices along with technology systems
    • Estimated program costs of $155 million
    • Planning and Program Management including Requirements Definition, Cultural Readiness Assessment, Cost Benefit Analysis, Program Roadmap
    • RFx Development, Peer & Industry Research, Procurement Planning, Product and Vendor Selection, Contract Negotiations
    • Implementation planning, Project Management, vendor management, QA, IV&V, risk management, contract management
    • Organizational Change Management and transition to sustainable steady state operations
    • Peer Agency research and site visits to identify truly better business practices and technology alternatives
    • Leveraging this complex project:
      • established the foundation for a comprehensive enterprise-wide Capital Project Delivery and Controls Framework for the Authority
      • redefined and strengthened the Systems Engineering methodology to be adopted by the Authority on large and complex systems implementation projects
    • For riders: anticipated to greatly improve on-time performance, provide real time information and increase overall reliability
    • For the Authority: anticipated to increase operational capacity, efficiency and overall productivity, reduction in maintenance costs and downtime


9th largest transit system in the U.S.

Serving 500,000 passengers daily, 48 miles of service coverage

Fleet of 338 rail cars, 590 buses, 92 routes and 175 Mobility (para-transit) vehicles

Nearly 5,000 employees