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).
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.
Vancouver’s C$2.83 billion Broadway Subway Project is expected to move forward this year, extending the existing SkyTrain Millennium Line 5.7 kilometers (3.5 miles) and adding six stations—despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that it is distributing $320.6 million to 50 projects that improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of freight rail and intercity passenger service in 29 states.
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.
Sound Transit is constructing a floating rail bridge in Washington State. The project is full of challenges and could be the most complex of its kind in the world. RT&S talks with Sound Transit’s Sepehr Sobhani, a principal construction manager on the job.
H&H announced that Howard Swanson and Earl Wacker have joined the company as Senior Project Managers in the Rail Practice.
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.
New Jersey Transit recently announced that construction of the new Elizabeth train station and platform extension project on the Northeast Corridor is set to begin later this fall.
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.