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INDIAN RAIL OFFICIALS LOOKING AT VT EQUIPMENT MONITORING
India’s Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC) says it plans to implement centralized online vertical-transportation (VT) equipment monitoring in an effort to reduce downtime of the network's more than 1,500 units, The Indian Express reports. DMRC said it was accepting bids for centralized monitoring of elevators and escalators on the Pink Line, the network's longest at 59 km. The line is under construction and will eventually have 135 elevators and 215 escalators. As of September, 56 elevators and 106 escalators were operational. A DMRC spokesman says VT equipment status and fault codes are already available, and that equipment is fixed once that information is conveyed to station authorities. Having the information faster in a central location will speed the repair process, he says.
NEW ESCALATORS ENTAIL STATION SHUTDOWN IN AZERBAIJAN
Replacing a trio of escalators installed in 1968 with four new ones at the Khatai metro station in Baku, Azerbaijan, will entail the shutdown of the station from September 27-August 2019, AZERNEWS reports. thyssenkrupp is handling the work, which includes the highest escalators ever produced in Germany, as part of a larger vertical-transportation overhaul. The new units are Victoria models, which thyssenkrupp describes as “our strongest, most powerful transit-duty escalators with a specially reinforced drive system capable of maximum performance at full-load capacity, around the clock.”
IN MEMORIAM: IRENE CLAIRE CORONATO
Irene Claire Coronato of Toccoa, Georgia, co-founder of Toccoa-based PTL Equipment, passed away on September 12 at the age of 82. She and her husband, Bob, traveled the world for business and missionary work. A member of Encounter Church in Toccoa, Coronato was passionate about faith and family. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Bob; children, Cheryl, Bobby, Diana, Cynthia, David and Victoria; 21 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Ernest and Bobby. Services were held on September 15. The family would like to thank the staff of The Habersham Retreat for their care and compassion. Gifts and cards may be sent to the Coronato family at 70 Jericho Lane, Toccoa, Georgia 30577, and a tribute to Irene and Bob Coronato may be found here.
NEW ESCALATORS FOR BUSY CHICAGO TRANSIT STATION
Two nearly 50-year-old escalators at the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Logan Square Blue Line station are being replaced, Block Club Chicago reports. CTA's Logan Square and California stations have seen the greatest ridership growth among stations over the past 15 years, with an average of 1,600 additional riders each weekday in 2017 compared with 2002. A CTA spokesman said the new escalators are part of routine maintenance. The station is not scheduled for a major upgrade that will include elevators until late 2019, when it will be renovated under the CTA's US$492-million “Your New Blue” program.
VIRGIN HOTEL APPROACHES 38-STORY TOPPING OUT IN NYC
A 38-story, 476-ft.-tall Virgin Hotel at 1225 Broadway in the NoMad neighborhood of New York City (NYC) is more than two-thirds of the way toward topping out, New York YIMBY reports. Its design by VOA Associates features a curtain wall and a glassy, stacked-box podium that will house 90,000 sq. ft. of retail. The hotel is being developed by the Lam Group and will be managed by Virgin Group. London-based Swingers miniature golf club has leased 22,000 sq. ft. in the basement for its first U.S. location. Virgin will join other nearby hotels, including a Ritz-Carlton designed by Rafael Viñoly under construction one block away.
DEVELOPER SETS SIGHTS ON BROOKLYN FOR CONDO TOWER
Fortis Property Group has applied for permits to build a 26-story tower designed by Hill West Architects on a former parking lot for the Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower building at 30 Front Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, New York YIMBY reports. The 270-ft.-tall building would include 74 condominiums, including two duplex and two full-level penthouses; 72,500 sq. ft. for community use; and amenities such as a lounge, gym, sauna and pool, all within 360,000 sq. ft. Fortis’ plan is the latest to be announced on property formerly occupied by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which began the process of moving to a location in upstate New York in 2011.