The Transit Advantage

Acumen 2017 Highlights

Acumen’s current company tagline is “Improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure.”  On the surface it is a statement about our mission to help fix the country’s ailing rails, roads, runways, ports and transit systems.

Dig a little deeper though, and you will see that this tagline also speaks to our passion for enhancing the key conduits and quality connections that keep people moving safely, efficiently and affordably through their daily lives.

Acumen continues to work on projects and support clients throughout California and across the United States, including a recent focus on how we can assist the infrastructure rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The United States has the opportunity to rebuild Puerto Rico as a new model with a decentralized power grid that utilizes solar and wind power.  A transportation system consisting of an improved rail system, electric vehicles and autonomous buses could greatly improve the island’s quality of life.

As 2017 draws to a close, I want to take a moment to review some of the highlights of our efforts and the major projects we support.

Acumen 2017 Recap

  • Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC): As a prime consultant, Acumen provides the commission with planning, policy, legislation, communications, and administrative support services. This initiative includes project management and coordination of outreach events and public meetings; pass-through fund program and grant program support; content development, editing, and communications design.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART): Acumen staff is working throughout the system on more than 50 different task orders supporting such key endeavors as station improvements, the Transbay Tube replacement, Hayward Maintenance Complex design, new wayfinding signs, and a new train control system.  BART remains a long-term and important client and a key way that people connect throughout the Bay Area.
  • We also have numerous staff working on the BART Train Control Modernization Project (TCMP) to assist with the conversion to a Communications Based Train Control System (CBTC). This critical project has catalyzed Acumen’s expertise and growth in the international ranks of train control system providers.  In the near future, BART will have a new train control system working with new vehicles that will improve service and system-wide performance.
  • Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (Samtrans): Provided scheduling, financial control, train control installation and system electrification. Some of this work is preparing the track and wayside equipment for High Speed Rail implementation.
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA): For Bus Rapid Transit projects, provided program and project controls, scheduling and maintenance services.  These projects are in the implementation and construction phase, which will have immediate positive impacts to local communities and businesses, and in the longer run, generate better services, more riders and positive impacts on global warming.
  • Castroville Bicycle/Pedestrian Path & Railroad Crossing: Provided office engineering support for this project that increased the ability to safely cycle in the Monterey area by eliminating hazardous highway and railroad crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA): Provided Electrical Engineering services to New York MTA in support of opening a new Metro-North Railroad link directly into Penn Station and generated critical system resiliency to protect service for more than 275,000 daily customers in the event of natural or other disasters.
  • Acumen’s hardware and software product development efforts advanced tremendously this year by getting the AcuFare RFID system listed on the federal General Services Administration (GSA) schedule. Also, Acumen successfully delivered and now maintains two integrated BART High Speed Ticket Encoders (HSTE).

I am very proud of the direct way that our work reduces the human impacts on climate change and protects the world in which we live.  Public transit continues to be the most efficient and effective way to move people in urban centers.

Thanks to all Acumen staff, partners and transit agency stakeholders for your efforts and support throughout the year.