7/28/2014

DCMP 07 26 2014

Stand by folks.

Lot of stuff that needs to be written and edited. Will also update progress on Phase II and the Test track and Commissioning Facility. Hope to have every thing up before the end of the week.

Go to picasaweb.google.com/cambronj DCMP 07 26 1014 to see the 202 pictures of opening day and Phase II progress. 5 pictures of the progress on the Greenbelt Test Track and Commissioning Facility.

Essay to follow.

6/09/2014

DCMP 06 01 2014

Well it looks like my last post was not the last before opening day of Phase I. If all goes as planed this one will be the last.

Most of what has been done sense I was last out there is touch up work inside and around the stations, pavement work, and error corrections. The touch up work included things such as the inclosing of the third rail cable trays, placing the final lift of asphalt in the Kiss and Ride lots at the McLean and Spring Hill stations. Connecting the down spouts at the entrance pavilions to the storm sewers and replacing parts of concrete apron around the Greensboro station north entrance pavilion.

For those not up to speed on what's delaying the opening, here is a summery.

There were several problems with some of the work done by various contractors that didn’t meet either contract specification or requirements of the building code. Public address speakers lacking required UL fire rating, leaking roofs, elevator and escalator reliability issues to name a few. In one case there was excessive leakage of hydraulic oil in the lift piston of one of the elevators.

There were issues with hardware that allows the monitoring and controlling of the various systems and subsystems from WMATA central control (supervisory control and data acquisition, remote terminal units). There also were some issues with a hand full of track circuits that were not reliably transmitting speed commands to the trains. None of these issues would have effected the safe operation trains, however they would have effected the on time performance of trains running on the branch.

The correction have been made and or are being made.

WMATA took possession of the project from MWAA and their contractors on Tuesday 05 27 2014. Under the contract WMATA has 90 days to do final testing, employee training and simulated revenue operation before opening the line. The end of the 90 days is Monday 08 25 2014. WMATA has not announced an opening date. WMATA by tradition opens new segment on Saturdays, expect the open to happen no later then Saturday 08 13 2014.

The developer building the Vita Apartments, Tysons Tower and the Hyatt Regency on Tysons One Place in front of Lord & Taylor and parking garage E have built a pedestrian bridge over Tysons Boulevard that connects to the south entrance pavilion of the Tysons Corner station. The pedestrian bridge by way of The Plaza between the Hyatt Regency and Lord & Taylor will provide a direct connection to level 2 of Tysons Corner Center.

Principle construction has not commenced on Phase II, however preparation work has begun such as removal of trees from the elevated easement along Autopilot Drive on the airport property, installation of a silt fence around the site of the station at Dulles Airport, placement of surveyor stakes at various location along the easement and soil core sample collection.

Test track and Commissioning Facility

The construction of the Commissioning Facility building in Greenbelt Yard looks to be complete. The structural work on the parking garage also appears to be complete. The contractor is sill doing the ground work along the test track right of way in preparation for the grading of the sub roadbed. Surface cable trays and stick rail were delivered to staging area adjacent to south Kiss and Ride lot at the Greenbelt station some time back in April or May. All of the stick rail has been welded up into roughly 600' lengths.

McLean station
VA-123 Dolley Madison Boulevard , west of McLean station. East end of McLean station. Kiss and Ride McLean station.
Pedestrian bridge McLean station. West end of McLean station. Under side west end of platform McLean station.
Rescue access sign west end of McLean station. McLean station.

Tysons Corner
Tyson Corner under mezzanine entrance.. Tyson Corner under mezzanine entrance. Tysons Corner south entrance pavilion pedestrian bridge to Mall.
Tysons Corner pedestrian bridge to Mall. Tysons Corner south entrance pavilion pedestrian bridge to Mall.

Greenboro
Greensboro east ancillary. Greensboro north entrance pavilion apron redo. Greensboro north entrance pavilion apron redo.
Greensboro south entrance pavilion. Greensboro south entrance pavilion.

Spring Hill
Spring Hill east end. Spring Hill east end. Spring Hill west end.
Spring Hill interlocking third rail cable inclosures. Spring Hill interlocking third rail cable inclosures.

VA-267 Dulles Toll Road
Hunter Mill Traction power substation. Hunter Mill Traction power substation. Hunter Mill Traction power substation.

Wiehle -Reston East
Wiehle -Reston East south entrance pavilion. Wiehle -Reston East north pedestrian bridge.
Wiehle -Reston East north pedestrian bridge public address speaker enclosure.

Dulles Airport
Dulles Airport Autopilot Drive south of Navigation Road. Dulles Airport Autopilot Drive at Materials Road.

VA-772 Ashburn station.
Loudoun Station Comstock development north side of VA-772 Ashburn station. Loudoun Station Comstock development north side of VA-772 Ashburn station. Central Station Drive, Loudoun Station, Comstock development north side of VA-772 Ashburn station

Greenbelt Test Track and Commissioning Facility:
Commissioning Facility shop. Parking garage. Surface cable chase in staging area adjacent to south kiss and ride short term parking area a the Greenbelt station.
Welded rail in staging area adjacent to south kiss and ride short term parking area a the Greenbelt station. Welded rail in staging area adjacent to south kiss and ride short term parking area a the Greenbelt station. Welded rail in staging area adjacent to south kiss and ride short term parking area a the Greenbelt station.
Grading north of Greenbelt Road. Grading south of Greenbelt Road.

Pictures at picasaweb.google.com/cambronj DCMP 06 01 1014

4/12/2014

Test track and Commissioning Facility 04 11 2014

Rail and surface cable chase trays have been delivered to the staging area adjacent to the south kiss and ride short term parking area a the Greenbelt station. The precast deck panels for the parking garage in Greenbelt yard are also being staged there.

Interior work on the Commissioning Facility building continues. The structural work on the parking garage appear to be nearly complete.

Grading is moving alone in preparation for the building the sub grade.

WMATA has taken delivery of a 5th 7k car.

This is pure speculation on my part but I believe the 5th 7k car is the first car of the initial option of 64 cars. I base that on the fact that the prototypes testing and evaluation program was scheduled to run about 3 months. It began shortly after the prototype set arrived on the property back in late December 2013 early January 2014. If it we might see the first 8 car train of 7k cars put in to revenue service sometime this summer.

The following was added on 04 14 2014

I have sense learned the car is 7062. It is the car on the lift in the 7000-Series Factory Tour & Test Drive youtube clip. Seems the car has been at Greenbelt Yard for at least a month.

Greenbelt Yard parking garage deck panel. Surface cable chase trays. Rail.
Mill mark on rail. Commissioning Facility shop. Commissioning Facility shop.
Parking Garage. Parking Garage.
Grading north of Greenbelt Road.

Grading south of Greenbelt Road.

7k cars.
7k Prototype set on shop track 2. 7k Prototype set on shop track 2. 7k Prototype set on shop track 2.


Pictures at picasaweb.google.com/cambronj Greenbelt Test Track and Commissioning Facility