Rail Services

Tren Urbano Systems

Tren Urbano Operator in CabScope of Services

  • Train Operations and Dispatch
  • Maintenance of Way
  • Train Control and Communications
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Fare Collection/Ticket Sales
  • Fare Revenue Management
  • Safety and Security
  • Training
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Station Operations
  • Customer Service

Contract Details

  • Start Date: June 2005
  • Owner: Puerto Rico Highway and Transporation Authority
  • Rolling Stock: Siemens heavy rail transit vehicles (74)

Operational Characteristics

  • Trips:Weekday (266), Saturday/Sunday (182)
  • Maintained Miles:10.7
  • Stations:16
  • Annual Passengers:10.12 million
  • Daily Passengers:36,280

Tren Urbano is a 17.2-km heavy rail two-track transit line serving the San Juan metropolitan area, including multiple universities and technical colleges, major medical centers, the city’s financial district, entertainment venues and many residential neighborhoods. The system includes a 15,000 square meter administration and maintenance facility. Train service operates from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. with 8-minute peak period headways.

Project Details

ACI was the Operations partner in the Siemens Transit Team (STT) for the Design-Build-Operate-Maintain (DBOM) Tren Urbano project, first in the nation. As such, ACI played an active and important role during the design, construction and commissioning of the project in order to ensure long-term operational efficiency and maintainability of the system. Important changes influenced by ACI included more standardized specifications, re-design of canopy roofs, relocation of certain equipment on vehicles and elimination of some “specialized hardware” in favor of commercially available materials.

Since passenger rail service had long been absent in Puerto Rico when Tren Urbano was being planned, ACI was faced with the challenge of building a workforce from the ground up. ACI undertook a major outreach and recruiting effort by partnering with the University of Puerto Rico and other higher education centers, providing paid internships and implementing a mentoring program. Throughout the term of the contract, Puerto Ricans have comprised nearly 100 percent of the Tren Urbano workforce. Since 2016, the service has been operated by a joint venture between ACI and Herzog Transportation Services Inc.

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • Consistent on-time performance and completed trips over 99%, making Tren Urbano among the best performing heavy rail system among all U.S. transit systems.
  • Zero fatalities and one FTA reportable injury (trespasser).
  • 76% ridership increase between 2005 and 2012.
  • Significant cost savings to the Authority as a result of ACI-led actions to both cut operating costs (including reduced power consumption) and to facilitate increased revenues.
  • Major assistance to PRHTA to extend life expectancy of obsolete systems and obtain funding for upgrade/replacement.
  • Overwhelmingly positive customer perception of Tren Urbano service (95% rate it “good” or “excellent”).

Phoenix Light Rail

Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix, AZScope of Services

  • Train Operations
  • Dispatch
  • Training
  • Safety

Contract Details

  • Start Date: 2008
  • Owner: Valley Metro Rail, Inc.
  • Rolling Stock: Kinki Sharyo light rail vehicles (50)

Operational Characteristics

  • Trips:196 Monday through Thursday; 14 on Friday; 184 on Saturday; and 134 on Sunday
  • Miles of Rail:26
  • Stations:35
  • Annual Passengers:14.3 million
  • Daily Passengers:45,000

Valley Metro light rail is a 26-mile line that serves major destinations such as Chase Field, Talking Stick Arena, Arizona State University stadiums, and downtown Phoenix as well as Tempe and Mesa. Weekday trains run every 12 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and every 20 minutes all other hours. Weekend service trains run every 15 to 20 minutes. Light rail service is coordinated with bus service to provide a seamless network for customers.

ACI commenced revenue service on the initial 20-mile Light Rail Transportation Services on December 27, 2008.  In the summer of 2015 ACI mobilized for the Central Mesa extension and in the winter of 2016 ACI mobilized for the Northwest extension. During the mobilization for these extensions, ACI provided personnel for testing and commissioning, hired and trained additional operators and supervisors; retrained our operators and supervisors; and completed System Safety Certification.

Project Details

ACI is responsible for:

  • Dispatch and operation of trains
  • Managing and staffing 24/7 operations control center
  • Hiring and training all staff
  • Implementing drug and alcohol testing in strict accordance with 49 CFR Part 40 (with the use of a subcontractor)
  • Managing the operation’s safety program
  • Assisting customers with routing, ticketing and boarding information
  • Customer service inquiries

ACI manages train operators, transportation supervisors, operations safety office, and the operations control center. Our operations staff is trained in proper customer service techniques. During the start-up period, ACI successfully negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding with the Amalgamated Transit Union for the screening, hiring, and training of the initial complement of light rail operators and then followed up with a multi-year collective bargaining agreement. ACI trained these former bus operators on light rail vehicle operations and the challenges of operating an in-street light rail service that traverses 173 intersections. Our training programs emphasize safety and defensive driving practices as well as a high level of awareness for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle drivers. Through repeat training, safety awareness reminders and communication with the OCC, ACI’s staff safely and successfully operates the Valley Metro system.

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • For the past seven years of operation, average annual on time performance for transportation has been 99.6% on time.
  • Addressed all passenger inquiries and issues that arose on the system; the client reports less than one valid complaint per 100,000 boardings
  • Achieved excellent customer satisfaction ratings, including 91.6 percent of riders rating “trains running on time” as a 4 or 5 based on a 1 to 5 scale (2013)

Denver FasTracks

Denver FasTracksScope of Services

  • Train Operations
  • Maintenance of Way
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Signals and Communications
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Safety and Training
  • Customer Service

Contract Details

  • Operations Start Date: 2016
  • Owner: Regional Transit District (RTD)
  • Rolling Stock: Hyundai-Rotem Electrical, Multiple Units (66)

Operational Characteristics

  • Trips:191 peak daily trains
  • Miles of Rail:65
  • Stations:16
  • Parking Lots:63
  • Daily Passengers:19,000

The FasTracks Eagle P3 Project, when completed, will provide a maintenance facility and three commuter rail lines with service between Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport (DIA), Wheat Ridge and Longmont. Service will consist of 325 daily trains operating every 15 to 30 minutes during peak periods, depending on the line. ACI has partnered with two other firms to form Denver Transit Operators, the project’s operations and maintenance provider.

Project Details

Revenue service began in the Spring and Summer of 2016 with the opening of the A and B Lines, respectively. The third line (G) will open in 2017. As exclusive operator of the Eagle P3 lines, DTO interacts with Amtrak, Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF), and Union Pacific (UP) on a daily basis.

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • Mobilization, hiring and training a workforce of over 200 local people, including operators, dispatchers, vehicle maintainers, systems and infrastructure maintainers, IT personnel, etc.
  • Early recruitment and hiring of vehicle maintenance supervisors in order to provide them with the necessary technical and safety training so that they could instruct technicians and obtain hands-on experience well in advance of operational start-up.
  • Timely completion of over 140 documents, plans and processes to fulfill Federal Railroad Administration requirements for a new-start passenger rail project.
  • Consolidation of work activities within broad job classifications and cross-training in multiple responsibilities to provide the most efficient headcount without sacrificing quality or reliability.
  • Early input early during the design phase of the program to provide the perspective of long-term system operational efficiency and maintainability. Results of this input include the six-track configuration and roof-top platforms at the maintenance facility; a pocket track adjacent to the maintenance facility; a pair of crossovers just outside the Denver International Airport station platforms, an added turnout to streamline pullouts; and on-board intercoms for passengers to communicate directly with the Operations Control Center in the event of an emergency.

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad CompanyScope of Services

  • Train Operations and Dispatch
  • Maintenance of Way
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Signals and Communications
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Fare Revenue Management
  • Safety/Security
  • Hiring and Training
  • Customer Service
  • Information Technology and Information Security

Contract Details

  • Contract Term: 2003-2014
  • Owner: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
  • Rolling Stock: Coaches (410) including double-deckers (33). Locomotives (84) including EMD and MPI and EMD and NRE Switching Engines.

Operational Characteristics

  • Trips:Weekday (494), Saturday (190), Sunday (162)
  • Miles of Rail:671
  • Stations:134
  • Annual Passengers:41 million
  • Maintenance Facilities:3
  • Parking Lots:63
  • Daily Passengers:140,000

The Boston area commuter rail system is composed of 14 branch lines and serves 178 municipalities and over 50 communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. ACI was the local partner in MBCR, which was responsible for all operations and maintenance functions. MBCR also actively assisted the MBTA to implement capital improvement projects.

Project Details

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • Achieved contractual on-time performance goal of 95% in 9 of 11 years.
  • Ranked Number 1 for safety in 2013 and 1st quarter of 2014 (coterminous with contract expiration) with lowest reporting injuries and lowest accident frequency ratio compared with comparable other U.S. commuter rail systems.
  • Partnered with MBTA to establish first Wi-Fi-enabled commuter rail system in the U.S.
  • Received MBTA’s “Leading from the Front Lines” award for exceptional management of special event service.
  • Achieved 100% environmental compliance during the entire contract at all facilities and along the right-of-way, which encompassed 98 communities.

Maryland Purple Line

Scope of Services

  • Train Operations
  • Dispatch
  • Vehicle Procurement
  • Vehicle, Infrastructure, Facility and Systems Maintenance
  • Fare Collection Equipment
  • Public Information and Communication
  • Training
  • Safety/Security
  • Information Technology

Contract Details

  • Contract Term: 2022
  • Owner: Maryland Department of Transportation/Maryland Transit Administration.
  • Rolling Stock: CAF USA (26 vehicles in Service Level 1)

Operational Characteristics

  • Trips:M-Fri (183), Sat (144), Sun (143)
  • Miles of Rail:32
  • Stations:21
  • Daily Passengers:60,000 (2030 projection)

The Purple Line is a planned light rail line that will be developed and operated by a public private partnership, Purple Line Transit Partners, the concessionaire selected by the State of Maryland for the 36-year P3 contract. When completed, Purple Line will serve six major activity centers, including Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma-Langley Park, College Park/University of Maryland and New Carrollton in an alignment that is just inside the Washington DC I-495/Capital Beltway. It will intersect with rapid transit, commuter rail and intercity services operated by WMATA, MARC and Amtrak.

The Purple Line transitway will be largely at grade with one short tunnel section, three elevated sections and several bridge structures. The service will operate mainly in dedicated or exclusive lanes with some mixed traffic operations in the area of the University of Maryland campus. Light rail vehicles will be ADA compliant, 80% low floor vehicles, providing ease of boarding for passengers, good visibility and ergonomics for the operator, clean and comfortable passenger accommodations, and safe, reliable operation.

The project also includes design and construction of the Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring and reconstruction of the existing Montgomery County Green Trail.

ACI is a partner, along with Fluor and CAF USA, in Purple Line Transit Operators, the entity that will operate and maintain the system over the life of the contract. During the construction and pre-revenue phases, PLTO is providing design reviews focused on maintainability and operability, developing operational plans and procedures, staffing the system, and developing and providing training for operations, vehicle and system maintenance.


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