Construction

The project’s $6.8 billion final phase will expand BART operations six miles through downtown San José to Santa Clara, and include one at-grade and three underground stations.

BART Silicon Valley Project Enters Phase 2

Phase 2 of the 16-mile Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley project is under way with the start of design, engineering and contract procurement. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) recently released the first Request for Industry Feedback (RFIF) for tunnel and track work. This $6.8 billion final phase will expand BART operations six miles through downtown San José to Santa Clara and include four new stations (see map below).

2020 RT&S Engineer of the Year Ed Boyle. (Norfolk Southern photograph)

Rail Group on Air: 2020 RT&S Engineer of the Year Ed Boyle

Railway Track & Structures Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson talks with RT&S 2020 Engineer of the Year Ed Boyle about his outstanding career, working with COVID and the challenges that lie ahead in the rail industry. Boyle is the vice president of engineering with Norfolk Southern.

Rail Group on Air: CHSRA’s Troubling Rail Bridge

Railway Track & Structures’ Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson talks to William Ibbs, a professor of civil engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, to get a feel for how the QC/QA process is supposed to work on bridge construction projects. Construction on the Road 27 bridge, owned by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, has been on pause since late last year after high-strength steel strands snapped.

Phase 1 Complete on GITC

Stonemont Financial Group announced that construction has officially finished on phase one of the Georgia International Trade Center (GITC) in Effingham County, Ga., near Savannah.

HDR’s Infinity Loop Earns National Award

A revolutionary track design to stage and process more trains more efficiently through loading and unloading terminals was recognized at The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2019. ACEC’s Grand Award was given to Omaha-based HDR, Inc., for its patent-pending Infinity Loop.