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Caltrain Taps ARM for Multi-Year Turnkey Rail Management Contract
Advanced Rail Management (ARM) has been chosen to oversee long-term rail management operations for Caltrain.
San Carlos, California - June, 2009
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) announced that Advanced Rail Management Corporation (ARM) has been selected for development and operation of a long-term rail management program for Caltrain. The three-year "turn-key" program includes planning, execution, and economic analysis for JPB’s annual and long-term Rail Maintenance Program. This annual contract, which includes the main tracks of the entire JPB system, incorporates wheel/rail maintenance analysis, production rail grinding on open track and specialty track work on areas such as turnouts and road crossings.
"We have seen a real migration toward our turn-key rail management concept," said ARM President Gordon Bachinsky. "Long-term contracts like this allow us to show the customer significant measurable results and cost savings over time."
Caltrain is a descendant of the San Francisco Peninsula's oldest intercity passenger rail system, which began in 1863 as the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Co. This popular commuter rail service continues to attract new commuters and travelers with major upgrades completed between 1995 and 2004. Up to twenty 80-mph limited stop "Baby Bullet" express trains run weekdays between major stations taking just 57 minutes to complete their runs between San Jose and San Francisco. Caltrain serves approximately 35,000 passengers daily, based on data from a 2006 survey. JPB is the governing body for Caltrain which provides commuter rail transit service between San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy.
ARM Awarded Long-Term Rail/Wheel Management Contract with San Diego Trolley
Advanced Rail Management (ARM) has been selected as prime contractor in charge of vehicle/track optimization on the Blue, Orange and Green Lines through 2013.
San Diego, California - January 29, 2009
Advanced Rail Management Corporation (ARM) has been awarded a five-year contract for turnkey rail/wheel optimization services on the San Diego Trolley Transit system. The contract includes investigation of existing rail/wheel conditions, analysis of current rail/wheel profiling strategy, design of optimized rail/wheel profiles, and supervision of all related work. ARM will measure and report on track and vehicle conditions before and after corrective measures are implemented while providing personnel and expertise for all practical field operations. Rail/wheel lifecycle projections, energy conservation, noise abatement and ride quality will be assessed as well.
Paul Jablonski, Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Transit System (MTA) made the announcement in November 2008 and designated Fred Byle, San Diego Trolley Maintenance Superintendent, as Project Manager. "Our goal at San Diego Trolley is to get the maximum life from both the rail and the wheels while improving the ride quality on our system," said Mr. Byle. "By having ARM manage the evaluation, design and implementation process from start to finish, I know that we are getting the best results possible."
The San Diego Trolley is a trolley-style light rail system operating in the metropolitan area of San Diego, California. The operator, San Diego Trolley, Inc. (SDTI) is a subsidiary of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). The Trolley began service on July 26, 1981, making it the first modern light-rail system in California, and with 118,400 daily ridership, it is currently the sixth most-ridden light rail system in the United States.
ARM exhibits at REMSA 2006
Advanced Rail Management exhibited at the REMSA World Rail Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, September 17 – 19, 2006. ARM exhibited in the Osbourne Yard as well as the main exhibit hall.
ARM principles and staff were on hand to discuss wheel/rail interaction issues, tour the ORMV-2 (Optical Rail Measurement Vehicle) and preview ARM's new Track Geometry capabilities.
Click here for more information on the REMSA World Rail Expo.
ARM presents paper at Cambridge conference
Advanced Rail Management President Gordon Bachinsky presented a paper on "Rail Grinding Practices on North American Transit Systems" at the 8th Annual Vehicle/Track Interaction conference held at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK.
"The paper provides insight on rail grinding practices on North American transit systems," Bachinsky said. "It is intended to give this international audience a broad overview from the practical perspective."
Mr. Bachinsky was selected to deliver this paper based on more than 30 years of experience in grinding and rail management work on transit and heavy-haul systems throughout the United States and Canada.
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ARM's MBTA work featured in article
Advanced Rail Management implemented a specialized high-angle, gauge-face rail grinding program to eliminate abnormal wear patterns on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line. An article appearing in Interface Journal on "Specialized Rail Profile Grinding on MBTA" features details of the MBTA's innovative corrective grinding plan and the rail profile grinding program ARM designed to improve wheel/rail interaction on the system.
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ARM Awarded SCRRA Turnkey Rail Management contract
SCRRA has awarded an innovative multi-year contract for turnkey rail maintenance and grinding services to Advanced Rail Management. The three-year contract, with a two-year option, is for comprehensive rail management services, which include optical rail measurement for profile rail grinding and analysis of rail wear and defect rates. Grinding work will be performed using Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.'s state-of-the art L Series rail grinder under contract to ARM. details
New on-line industry journal introduced
July 30, 2004 marked the premiere issue of Interface, the Journal of Wheel/Rail Interaction. This new, electronically delivered journal is devoted to examining the issues associated with wheel/rail interaction and ways in which technology is being used to resolve them on railroads and transit systems around the world. "We'll provide theoretical information, but our primary focus will be on practical application of the tools, technology, products and services that are used to manage wheel/rail, vehicle/track interaction," noted Bob Tuzik, publisher of the new journal.
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