TRACKING THE FIBER OPTICS BOOM
Fiber optics communication systems are leasing rights of way from mainline railroads and transit agencies for installation of their new systems. Plans for installation of fiber optic cables along 30, 000 miles of railroad right-of-way were revealed in one survey. In some cases railroads have proposed ownership of commercial channels; in almost all cases the lease agreements call for supplying railroads and transit agencies with some fiber optic circuits in commercial cables. Rail transit often offers an ideal path downtown for many of the new cables. Several agencies are already investigating the viability of such installations and Port Authority Trans-Hudson already has fiber optic cables through out its Hudson River tunnels between New Jersey and New York City. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is soliciting bids for local installations along its lines where it would expect to obtain circuits for signaling, data transmission and video communications. Other agencies looking at the potential are Washington Metro, Bay Area Rapid Transit and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
- Publication Date: 1985-9
- Features: Photos;
- Pagination: 4 p.
- TRT Terms: Data communications; Fiber optics; Leasing; Revenues; Signaling; Telecommunications; Transit operating agencies
- Uncontrolled Terms: Right of way
- Subject Areas: Finance; Operations and Traffic Management; Public Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00451118
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM