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RailPros’ WMATA Team Pays It Forward

RailPros prides itself in employing individuals who not only possess a high level of skill, but also maintain a strong moral character that aligns with our values as a company. When we discover benevolent acts carried out by the members of our expansive team, we are proud to acknowledge them. RailPros is currently working on a project for the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in Washington D.C. Because these employees come from all corners of the country, they often call hotels home. A group of track inspectors staying in the Residence Inn at Alexandria met a hotel staff member … READ MORE >


RailPros is Celebrating More New Hires

We are pleased to announce the new additions to the RailPros team: Victor Lopez is an E.I.T. with over 11 years experience in Civil Engineering Design work and is currently preparing for the PE exam this fall. He also has an MBA in Project Management. His design experience includes development, commercial, public works, airport and industrial projects including sewers, storm drain, grading, H&H, floodplain analysis, and road design.This work experience included projects in CA, AZ, and NV. Victor has advanced level capabilities in AutoCAD & Civil3D (2016). He was an instructor of AutoCAD at ITT Technical Institute for nine years … READ MORE >


RailPros Hires Doug Sawyer to Lead Southern California Operations

RailPros is pleased to announce that it has hired Doug Sawyer as Vice President of its Southern California Operations. Established in 2000, RailPros provides professional services for the rail industry both regionally and nationally. Mr. Sawyer will be responsible for client management and project oversight in Southern California. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, RailPros employs over 90 professionals, providing services to clients including LA Metro, Metrolink (SCRRA), OCTA, SANDAG, SBCTA, the Port of Long Beach, BNSF, and UPRR. “Doug brings with him a wealth of experience, a proven track record, and relationships that will help RailPros continue the rapid growth we … READ MORE >


Continuing Momentum: RailPros Hires Chief Financial Officer

The RailPros family of companies is pleased to announce the addition of a key member to the Executive Management Team, as Stuart Hall joins us as our Chief Financial Officer. In this position, Stuart will be responsible for the financial direction of RailPros and RailPros Field Services (RPFS). Stuart is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of executive-level experience in financial, operations, and administrative management in the manufacturing, distribution, contract research, and professional services industries. Most recently, Stuart served as Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer for Haag Engineering Co., a highly respected forensic engineering and technical consultancy firm serving … READ MORE >


RailPros to Sponsor the 5th Annual California Passenger Rail Summit

From April 18-19, 2017 in Sacramento, CA the Fifth Annual California Passenger Rail Summit will take place. RailPros is honored to continue its support of the passenger rail industry by being a summit sponsor. RailPros joins a list of some of the most influential firms and agencies in California to increase awareness, safety, and promote initiatives for the State’s passenger rail initiatives and ideas. Leaders will contribute their expertise to panels and discussions regarding the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. Experts will speak on safety, new rail vehicles, and the status of projects for California’s billion … READ MORE >


RailPros Continues Growth with New Hires

RailPros is pleased to welcome several new employees to our Southern California offices: King Kaul, PE has joined RailPros as a Project Manager. King has over 35 years of experience in Integrated Project Management of the very complex transportation/transit infrastructure projects including planning, engineering design, quality management, risk management, alternate project delivery, construction management, system testing and start-ups. King’s varied experience includes integration of engineering and environmental analysis, design and construction of rail transit/bus transit projects, passenger rail stations, rail storage and maintenance facilities for DMUs, railroad crossings, over passes and bridges, third party coordination, public outreach support and coordination with FTA, … READ MORE >


RailPros Provides Track Inspectors to WMATA

Track Inspectors Quickly Mobilized to Fill WMATA’s Needs As a subconsultant to Gannett Fleming, RailPros is providing track inspection services to the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA). The agency serves 117 miles of track and provides Metrorail services to 91 stations throughout the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Because of RailPros’ vast competency in track inspections, we are supplying a number of track inspectors, a project administrator, and one Project Manager who meet WMATA’s stringent qualifications requirements. RailPros’ proposal was reviewed by the prime, along with WMATA, and we were subsequently awarded the contract for track inspection services. RailPros mobilized and … READ MORE >


RailPros is Honored by ITE for The UDOT Traffic and Saftey Project

RailPros, along with other team participants, was awarded the Utah ITE Project of the Year for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Traffic and Safety Project. The project team included UPRR, UTA, UDOT, Avenue Consultants, and PineTop Engineers. RailPros assisted in writing a new Statewide Railroad Preemption Manual, which includes current industry standards and best practices specific to traffic signal interconnection with the railroad at grade crossings. RailPros developed the UDOT preemption calculation form, using the LADOT and TxDOT preemption calculation forms as a base and adding in significant user enhancements. The team also conducted field reviews at 15 grade … READ MORE >


RailPros Participates in Annual ITE Student Summit

RailPros Inc., furthering its commitment to engineering education and opportunities, participated in the Western District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Leadership Summit, held at California State University, Fullerton. Vice President Karen Hankinson, PE and Juan Navarro, PE represented RailPros in a three day series of meet-and-greats, speed interviews, and presentations. Given by Karen, who is a renowned industry expert, the RailPros presentation was entitled, “Traffic Signal Preemption at Grade Crossings.” This presentation showcased techniques for enhancing safety at railroad grade crossings. The student attendees learned the basics of interconnected traffic signals with railroad signal systems, including common … READ MORE >


Mary Toutounchi, PE Promoted to Vice President

The promotion of Mary Toutounchi, PE, to Vice President was announced December 23, 2016 by Eric Hankinson, President. Ms. Toutounchi joined RailPros in the spring of 2015 and immediately led the firm to a win on the Redlands Passenger Rail Program with SANBAG, one of the largest transit projects in the area. Since then, she has been fully dedicated to that project, focusing her additional efforts on winning more work for the firm. In making the announcement, Hankinson said, “Mary has been instrumental in our efforts to deliver exceptional service to our clients, and she has consistently demonstrated solid judgment, … READ MORE >