CATS Charlotte

Role in This Project:

K&J supported CATS by providing safety and security certification support services as well as system safety, system security, safety engineering, safety and security training, safety auditing and emergency management consulting services.

2020

1. The Safety and Security Certification of the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) was completed and the FINAL SSCVR was issued on 24 January 2020. 

 

2019

1. Safety and Security Certification of the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE), Construction Phase.

Key certification tasks:

  • Performed Safety and Security verification/certification through the construction phase utilizing the Construction Conformance Checklist (CCC) 
  • Performed Safety and Security verification/certification through the specification checklists (CIL)
  • Performed Safety & Security verification/certification through the system integration testing phase utilizing the System Integration Testing Conformance Checklist (SITCC) 
  • Conducted Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conducted Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings
  • Revenue Service started on March 16, 2018 under an Interim Certification Certificate.
  • Re-issue of the Interim Revenue Service Certification Certificate was done on 17 June 2019.
  • Continue to track open items for CO5 Track and Systems and CO11 Fare Collections
  • Final Revenue Service Certification Certificates were issued on 16 December 2019.
 
 

2018

1. Safety and Security Certification of the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE), Construction Phase.

Key certification tasks:

  • Performed Safety and Security verification/certification through the construction phase utilizing the Construction Conformance Checklist (CCC) 
  • Performed Safety and Security verification/certification through the specification checklists
  • Performed Safety & Security verification/certification through the system integration testing phase utilizing the System Integration Testing Conformance Checklist (SITCC) 
  • Conducted Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conducted Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings
  • Performed the Full-Scale Exercise (FSX) for the BLE on January 21, 2018
  • Revenue Service started on March 16, 2018 under an Interim Certification Certificate.
  • Continue to track open items for CO5 Track and Systems and CO11 Fare Collections.
  • Conducted a TVA implementation assessment for the BLE to see what was designed and constructed into the project from the 3 TVA’s that were conducted for the BLE.
 

2: CATS Lighting Assessment of the LYNX Blue Line (South Corridor).

  • A photo-metric / Illumination assessment was performed of the CATS LYNX Blue Line (South Corridor).  This assessment included collecting and analyzing horizontal Illumination measurements in foot candles (fc) of station platforms, approaches, park and ride lots, a parking garage, bus drop off points, pedestrian bridges, South Corridor Light Rail Facility (SCLRF), and the South Corridor Improvement Project (SCIP) trail. 
  • The primary goal was to identify lighting deficiencies by analyzing the horizontal Illumination measurements of specific locations against the BLE Design Criteria (DC) lighting requirements and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), IES G-1-16 “Guide for Security Lighting for People, Property, and Critical Infrastructure”.

2017

1: Safety and Security Certification of the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE), Construction Phase.

Key certification tasks:

  • Performing Safety & Security verification/certification through the construction phase utilizing the Construction Conformance Checklist (CCC) 
  • Performing Safety and Security verification/certification through the specification checklists
  • Performing Safety and Security verification/certification through the system integration testing phase utilizing the System Integration Testing Conformance Checklist (SITCC) 
  • Conducting Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conducting Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings
  • Conducted (3) Safety and Security Certifications courses for contractors and BLE Team members
  • Conducted the Table Top Exercise (TTX) for the BLE on July 11, 2017
  • Performing the Full Scala Exercise (FSX) for the BLE on January 21, 2018
  • Projected revenue start date is March 16, 2018.

 

2: Conducted Safety and Security Certification of the CATS III Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) 

Key certification tasks:

  • Performed all certification related activities (FMEA, FMECA, FTA, O&SHA, DCCC, SPCC) associated with the 20 new CATS III LRV’s
  • As of December 31, 2017, all 20 of the CATS III LRV’s have been certified and placed into revenue service

 

 

2016

1: Certification activities for the Blue Line Capacity Expansion (BLCE) project which consists of the expansion of (4) Stations and (4) Traction Power Sub-Stations (TPSS) to accommodate (3) car trains:

Key certification tasks:

  • Conducting verification/certification through the design criteria conformance checklist (DCCC)
  • Conducting verification/certification efforts through the construction conformance checklists (CCC)
  • Conducting verification/certification efforts of the specification checklists
  • Conduct Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conduct Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meeting
  • BLCE project is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2016.

 

2:  Safety and Security Certification of the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE), Construction Phase.

Key certification tasks:

  • Performing Safety and Security verification/certification through the construction phase utilizing the Construction Conformance Checklist (CCC) 
  • Performing Safety and Security verification/certification through the specification checklists
  • Conducting Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conducting Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings
  • Conducted (4) Safety and Security Certifications courses for contractors and BLE Team members

 

3: Conducted Safety and Security Certification of the CATS III Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) 

Key certification tasks:

  • Perform all certification related activities (FMEA, FMECA, FTA, O&SHA, DCCC, SPCC) associated with the 20 new CATS III LRV’s
  • As of December 31, 2016, LRV’s 121, 122, 123, 124, 131, 132, 134, and 136 have been certified and are ready for revenue service
  • All but (2) CATS III vehicles have been received by CATS and are going through the certification process currently.



2015

1: Conducted (2) Emergency Incident Exercises through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP):

  • Assisted in development and conducting of Table Top Cyber Exercise – conducted on February 4, 2015
  • Restoration Exercise – conducted on May 21, 2015, this was continuation of the Operation Queen City Full Scale Exercise


2: Certification activities for the Blue Line Capacity Expansion (BLCE) project which consists of the expansion of (4) Stations and (4) Traction Power Sub-Stations (TPSS) to accommodate (3) car trains:

Key certification tasks:

  • Conducting verification/certification through the design criteria conformance checklist (DCCC)
  • Conducting verification/certification efforts through the construction conformance checklists (CCC)
  • Conducting verification/certification efforts of the specification checklists
  • Conduct Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conduct Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meeting
  • BLCE project is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2016.


3: Conduct Safety and Security Certification of the CATS Maintenance of Way (MOW) Building.

Key certification tasks:

  • The MOW Building project was certified and closed on November 3, 2015
  • Conducted verification efforts.
  • Conducted Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conducted Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings


4:  Safety and Security Certification of the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE), Design Phase.

Key certification tasks:

  • Performing Safety and Security verification/certification through the construction phase utilizing the Construction Conformance Checklist (CCC) 
  • Performing Safety and Security verification/certification through the specification checklists
  • Conducting Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conducting Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings
  • Conducted (3) Safety and Security Certifications courses for contractors and BLE Team members
  • Updated the SSMP
  • Updated the SSCP


5: Conducted Safety and Security Certification of the CATS III Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) 

Key certification tasks:

  • Perform all certification related activities (FMEA, FMECA, FTA, O&SHA, DCCC, SPCC) associated with the 20 new CATS III LRV’s
  • As of November 30, 2015, LRV’s 121, 122, 123, and 124 has been certified and are ready for revenue service
  • The next LRV of the CATS III vehicles is scheduled to arrive in March 2016


2014

1: Certification activities for the Blue Line Capacity Expansion (BLCE) project

Key certification tasks completed:

  • Certify the expansion of 3 light rail stations to accommodate 3 car trains
  • Developed the DCCC


2:  Emergency incident exercise (Tabletop and Full-Scale Exercise) through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transit Security Grant Program

3:  Safety and Security Certification of the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE), Design Phase

Key certification tasks completed:

  • Performed 95% Design Criteria Conformance Checklist (DCCC) verification
  • Conducted Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Completed the Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHAs) for Final Design
  • Conducted 95% safety and security design reviews
  • Updated the BLE Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) for Final Design
  • Conducted Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings
  • Updated the BLE Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP) and Safety and Security Certification Plan (SSCP) for the 100% design phase


4: Conducted Safety and Security Certification of the CATS III Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs)

5: Conducted Safety and Security Certification of the CATS Maintenance of Way (MOW) Building.

Key certification tasks completed:

  • Constructed the Certifiable Items List (CIL)
  • Conducted verification efforts.
  • Conducted Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Conducted Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings


2013

1:  Safety and Security Certification of the Poindexter Grade Crossing

  • Verification of the construction submittals and test reports
  • Developed the Certifiable Items List (CIL)
  • Perform safety engineering reviews


2012 – 2013

1:  Certification activities for the Blue Line Capacity Expansion (BLCE) project

Key certification tasks completed:

  • Certify the expansion of 2 light rail stations to accommodate 3 car trains
  • Developed the SSMP
  • Developed the SSCP
  • Provided PHAs


2009 – 2013

1:  Safety and Security Certification of the CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE), Design Phase.

Project Description:

  • Approximately 11 miles, dual track light rail system with a number of bridges/overpasses
  • Overhead Catenary System (OCS) and multiple rail crossings
  • Thirteen (13) rail stations with planned park and ride lots and 3 multiple level parking decks
  • Expansion of existing rail yard to accommodate additional LRV’s
  • Maintenance of Way (MOW) maintenance facility
  • Sixteen new Light Rail Vehicles (LRV)


Key certification tasks planned and underway:

  • Developed the safety and Security Certification Plan (SSCP)
  • Developed Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHAs)
  • Performed 15% safety and security design reviews
  • Developed Chapter 23 of the Safety and Security Program Design Criteria (DC) for the BLE Design criteria Manual
  • Developed the BLE Threat and Vulnerability (TVA)
  • Prepared design criteria conformance checklist (DCCC)
  • Conducted Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC) meetings
  • Update of the BLE Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP) 30% design phase
  • Developed the Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHAs) for the 30% design phase
  • Conducted 30-65% safety and security design reviews
  • Developed the design criteria conformance checklist
  • Updated the BLE Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) for the 65% design phase
  • Update to the Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHAs) for the 65% design phase
  • Performed safety and security design reviews for the final design phase
  • Conducted Fire Life Safety Committee (FLSC) meetings
  • Updated the BLE Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP) and Safety and Security Certification Plan (SSCP) for the 65% design phase


2:  Safety and security certification activities for the North Davidson Bus Maintenance Facility Renovation Project: 

Project Description:

  • Bus Maintenance Facility
  • Administration Building
  • Staff Parking Garage
  • Fuel, Fare and Wash Facility


3:  Safety and security on-call professional services to:

  • Perform internal safety and security auditing per 49 CFR Part 659 requirements
  • Update the agency System Safety Program Plan (SSPP)
  • Update the agency System Security Plan (SSP)
  • Develop and populate the Hazard Management tracking database
  • Perform a Hazard analysis (HA) and safety use analysis of the Kinkisharyo Streetcar in support of the Charlotte demonstration project 
  • Conducted internal safety and security auditing per 49 CFR Part 659 requirements
  • Developed and populated the Hazard Management tracking database


4:  Emergency incident exercise (Tabletop and Full-Scale exercise) through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transit Security Grant Program


2012

1:  Conduct Incident Command System (ICS) training.

2:  Safety and security certification of the CATS Light Rail Vehicle (LRV storage yard lighting enhancement


2011 – 2012

1:  Safety and security certification activities for the CATS Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Maintenance Facility Mezzanine Addition.


2010 – 2011

1:  Safety and security certification of 4 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs)


2009

1:  Conducted security awareness training for 1,300 CATS employees through the  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP).


2008

1:  Through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), Training Sessions were conducted through K&J and the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)

Training classes include:

  • Transit Security Design Review
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Effectively Managing Transit Emergencies (EMTE)
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training


2005 – 2007

1:  Safety and Security Certification of the CATS South Corridor Light Rail Project (SCLRP); Revenue Service – November 24, 2007; Final Certification – July 28, 2008. 

Key certification tasks accomplished:

  • Certification of 10 contracts and additional construction activities:
    • C01, 16 Siemens Light Rail Vehicles (LRV)
    • C03, South Boulevard Light Rail Facility (SBLRF) and Rail Yard
    • C03A, SBLRF Third Floor Expansion
    • C04, Roadway, Bridges, Rail
    • C05, Station Finishes
    • C06, Multiple Floor Parking Garage
    • C08, Traction Power
    • C09, Train Control, Communications
    • C011, Ticket Vending Machines, (TVM)
    • C017, Convention Center modification
    • Systems Integration testing
    • Pre-revenue Service testing
    • Operational Requirements: personnel hire, CATS training, contractor provided training, and plans, rules & procedures
  • Conducted operational safety and security hazard inspections of the SCLRP 15 rail stations and the 9.6-mile rail corridor in preparation for revenue service and long-range operational needs
  • Identified and developed forty-five (45) Safety/Security Investigation Reports (SSIRs) for CATS consideration and disposition
  • Updated the CATS Safety Systems Program Plan (SSMP) and the Security Systems Plan (SSP) with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)State Safety Oversight (SSO) and FTA approval
  • Provided technical assistance/advice to the SCLRP Safety and Security Review Committee (SSRC), Fire Life Safety and Security Committee (FLSSC), SCLRP project team, SCLRP Light Rail start-up committee, the senior CATS management team, and FTA/PMOC team
  • Managed and provided Bi-weekly updates/analysis of the SCLRP Testing and Start-up Integrated Schedule for the SCLRP Light Rail Start-up committee meetings
  • Developed and executed two emergency response drills/training with local emergency responders:
    • Bus bomb, terrorist related incident at a rail crossing
    • LRV derailment on an elevated rail overpass
  • Issued Interim Operations Permits/Certificates with a safety and security critical items checklist of all construction packages, operational, and LRV CILs for pre-revenue testing requirements of the following designated segments:
    • Test track for LRV burn-in operations
    • North Yard lead to 9th St.
    • 9th St. to I-485
  • The SCLRP Safety and Security Certification Plan (SSCP)
  • Safety and Security Certification Methodology training to the SCLRP management team
  • A 1-mile test track Interim Operations Permit with a safety and security critical items checklist of all construction packages, operational, and LRV CILs
  • Certifiable Items Lists (CILs) for 9 construction packages and LRV procurement of the SCLRP


2:  CATS Emergency Preparedness Drills and Tabletop Exercises, 2005:

  • Developed, organized, and moderated the exercises in conjunction with CATS staff and local emergency response teams (Police dept., Fire dept.)
  • Ensured compliance with all FRA, USDOT, FTA and other applicable Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), State and local ordinances and the transit agency’s policies and procedures
  • Ensured all hazards associated with the exercise were appropriately identified, addressed and mitigated or eliminated before any persons, agencies or employees of the transit agency participated in the exercises
  • Ensured all appropriate external agencies/parties were interviewed, received a written invitation, polled to ascertain participation or observation of the exercises and were provided appropriate documentation
  • Held debriefings with participants and stakeholders to critique the exercises and identify findings and recommendations to meet all previous requirements
  • Generated an After-Action Report (AAR) that was reviewed and approved by the consulting staff and designated CATS personnel to document the briefing, and were distributed all parties that CATS designated for distribution of the report