Author: Bill Wilson

Rail Group On Air: Maintenance-of-Way State of the Industry Report

Railway Age Engineering Editor and RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson takes a look back at 2020 and provides a forecast for 2021 based on responses from the RT&S State of the Industry survey. He also talks with HNTB’s Ronnie Hakim and Herzog’s Troy Elbert.

Northern California: Link21 Megaproject Unveiled

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) have embarked on Link21, described as “a transformational improvement program” that will connect BART with the region’s intercity, commuter and high-speed passenger rail systems while also “connecting people sustainably to employment opportunities and affordable housing throughout the 21-county Northern California Megaregion.”

MTA Construction & Development and MTA Long Island Rail Road contractors eliminated five railroad crossings in 2020. Pictured is the School Street undergrade crossing project on the border of Westbury and New Cassel, N.Y.

LIRR Expansion Project Moving Forward

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reported that five railroad crossings were eliminated and bridge and station upgrade work continued in 2020, as part of its LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) Expansion Project. The project will add a third, 9.8-mile track from Floral Park to Hicksville, N.Y., to reduce train congestion and delays.