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Palmetto Traction Power Substation

Project Highlights 
  • Performing civil, architectural and structural work to construct the TPSS building
  • Installing the building’s electrical services
  • Installing the communications systems
Transit & Systems
Miami, Florida
Customer 
Parsons (CEI) for Miami-Dade Metro
Business Unit 
L.K. Comstock National Transit
Project Description 

L.K. Comstock National Transit is providing design-build services to construct a new traction power substation (TPSS) in proximity to the existing Palmetto passenger station on Miami-Dade Metro.

Project Scope 

L.K. Comstock is responsible for the civil construction of the TPSS building as well as the required interfaces between the new TPSS and the existing Miami-Dade Metro system. Crews are performing the following scope of work:

  • Civil – Site layout plan, soil boring and site survey, and duct banks
  • Architectural – building ground floor, roof, and reflective ceiling plans; wall section; doors and window schedule.
  • Structural - building foundation and ground floor plans, beam schedules, concrete and masonry details and wind design.
  • Electrical – building electrical, lighting protection and grounding, and the traction power system.
  • Communications System - SCADA, telephone, CCTV, fire alarm and security systems.


The project is scheduled to conclude in mid-September of 2013.

Unique Features 

The new substation will provide the additional 750 Volts Direct Current (VDC) required for the end of the line and Palmetto Station to be able to handle the 136 new Metrorail vehicles scheduled to be put into operation on Miami-Dade Metro in 2015.