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Division 14 (Expo) Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility

Santa Monica, CA

Maintenance Design Group was selected to manage and lead a comprehensive team to design a light rail vehicle (LRV) operations and maintenance facility (OMF) for the Expo Metro Line. The facility was specifically designed to optimize efficiency and functionality of both the rail operations and vehicle fleet maintenance while maximizing sustainable design elements and aesthetics.

The Division 14 Rail Operations and Maintenance site includes six LRV storage tracks for 15 three-car trains (45 total LRVs), a thru track, and a run-around track that allows efficient access to the entire LRV storage yard. The main building includes six service and inspection positions with lower level work areas and upper level roof access work platforms. The main building also includes two component change-out positions, a truck/wheel and tire shop, an electronics shop, motor shop, machine shop, welding shop, and facilities maintenance shop. The second level of the main building includes administrative office and training areas for both rail transportation (operations) and rail fleet maintenance. The second level also includes the operator support areas, dispatch areas, and the control room. The position of the control room allows 180-degree view of the entire LRV storage yard, the wash building, cleaning platform, and both yard leads. The material handling warehouse includes the most modern storage system available, including multiple high-density pallet stacking systems and vertical retrieval units.

The secondary building includes the blow-down position and a fully enclosed three-position, wheel truing facility. The wash building houses a modern, automated four-brush split system LRV washer with reverse osmosis rinse system and 100% water collection reclamation system. The wash building is also designed to include a deep cleaning position to “hand” wash an entire LRV in a position capable of reclaiming the water used in the deep cleaning operation. The cleaning platform is a double-sided platform, accessed both from the wash building and from a dedicated access track. The platform can accommodate two three-car trains at once.

Division 14 is designed to integrate into the neighborhood and reach a remarkable level of sustainability. Using a triple-bottom line approach for environmental, economic, and social indicators, the design team set a new standard for rail transit facilities in the industry.

Services Provided
Space Needs Program
Facility Needs Assessment
Master Plan/Concept Design
Design Criteria
Value Engineering
Equipment Industrial Design
Construction Administration
Fleet Size

45 rail cars

Site Size

8.3 acres

Facility Size

70,000 square feet

Construction Cost