Automated Track Inspection Pilot Project

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), through New York City Transit (NYCT), in partnership with Plasser American Corporation (PAC) of Chesapeake, Virginia, will demonstrate advanced track inspection technologies that limit the track inspector's exposure to rail rightof- way, enhance the quality of inspection, and potentially reduce operating costs. NYCT's Track Inspection Car TCG4 is equipped with right-of-way, rail view, and gauge-side view video systems. This project will add new video inspection systems providing field-side view of the running rails and the power rail (third rail) to complete the spectrum of measurements and visual inspection of major track components. This research will also enhance and modify the existing software to provide the proper identification, reporting, and comparison tools for the defects found by any of the on-board video systems. NYCT will perform a Vehicle-Based Visual Track Inspection Pilot Project using the TGC4 on a portion of NYCT's Flushing Line (#7 train service). NYCT will prepare a report documenting the results of the Vehicle-Based Visual Track Inspection System as used in the Pilot Project as well as its possible shortcomings, need for any improvements or system enhancements, preliminary conclusions, and additional issues that need to be resolved for future implementation of a larger rollout of the Vehicle-Based Visual Track Inspection Program.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $635500.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Transit Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Chen, Roy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Plasser American Corporation

      Chesapeake, VA  United States 

      Metropolitan Transportation Authority

      347 Madison Avenue
      New York, NY  United States  10017-3739
    • Principal Investigators:

      Cabrera, Antonio

    • Start Date: 20120400
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20130400
    • Source Data: RiP Project 32662

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01466777
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
    • Contract Numbers: NY-26-7112
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:23PM