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NYC Transit Board Agenda:
The April 1996 NYC Transit Committee Agenda for the MTA Board contains the
following information of interest:
Speedometers for Subway Cars
EDO Corp, of College Point, NY, will furnish 315 Doppler-type speed indication
systems for two railcar fleets: R38 (205 of them) and R68A (110 of them).
This speedometer system is mounted entirely on the car body, unlike the axle
ring and gear box types which have truck-mounted components, complicating
installation and maintenance. The Doppler-type is also more reliable.
Installation of radar based speedometers has been completed or scheduled for
all fleets except the R38 and R68A, which have been delayed due to prototype
failure by a second supplier, Bach Simpson. Bach Simpson has failed 30-day
tests several times and as a result the orders placed with them have been
At this time, the R44, R46, R62A [sic], R68 and R62 car fleets are 100%
complete. The R62A [sic], is 72.6% complete and the balance, the R38, R68A,
R32, R40 and R42 fleets, are scheduled to be completed in 1996 and the R33 and
R36 fleets in 1997.
Public Address System Improvements
A contract is underway to improve the Public Address systems in 139 stations
throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Sixty three stations
will receive new PA systems and 76 will have their PA equipment modified.
The project includes installing audio and visual control equipment at the
control center; public address equipment for train line systems and passenger
station systems; and network interface equipment to replace existing carrier
equipment and customer information screens to comply with the Americans with
At this time, the Board is being asked to approve a work order modifying
existing contract. The present contract requires the contractor to install
all train line system equipment at fiber optic node locations. The work
stipulated in this new order would have the contractor reconfigure, add and
delete key and local dispatcher locations, change train line system equipment
locations from node sites to passenger stations, add copper cable for
redundancy and change the cable sizes to allow spares for future use. These
changes will reduce operating and maintenance costs, improve reliability and
reduce manpower requirements.
Emergency Booth Communications System
The ECBS is a computerized security system installed in 1987 to protect token
booth personnel during emergency situations. The system consists of computers
in the token booths which use telephone lines to contact the Jay Street
Command Center. There is a backup location at the 7 Av Station in Brooklyn
and a training center at 10 Columbus Circle.
The Board is presently being asked to approve a contract modification.
This change encompasses three items:
- The Automated Fare Collection Office identified a need to relocate the
EBCS equipment in a significant number of token booths. This work needs to be
completed quickly to maintain the AFC implementation schedule.
- The Station Rehabilitation Program needs to replace the equipment in the
firebombed token booth at the Kingston Throop Station.
- In addition, the modification will exercise an option in the original
contract to extend it for six months.
Mobile Computing for Maintenance Crews
Approval for a contract to purchase 215 portable bar code readers with
communication/charging stands, holsters and modems. These units are used for
remote data collection by the Signal Operations Group. The signal maintainer
uses the reader on the tracks to enter maintenance data locally. The
equipment holds data on track switches, signal heads and stops. At the end of
the workday, the maintainer uses the a modem to transfer the data to the
Signal Information System computer.
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