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, 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 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
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
Earlier this week, RailPros announced that Bow River Capital Partners, headquartered in Denver, has made a major investment in RailPros and RailPros Field Services. The action follows an intense effort by the management team to identify a partner who can help us continue to improve and to grow as RailPros. Part of our strategy was to find a partner that would strengthen our team and our brand, which has been successful for some time. We are excited to have Bow River as part of the strategic team, and look forward to continuing our plans for growth and improvement. This means that … READ MORE
As a subconsultant to the winning Prismatic design-build team, Gotham Engineering, a division of RailPros, has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of the new Clifton Car Repair Shop in Staten Island, N.Y. During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Staten Island Railway’s only mechanical repair facility, the Clifton MUE Shop, is located on the island’s North Shore – just feet away from the New York Narrows – and sustained extensive damage as a result of a 6-foot storm surge. The project consists of the demolition of the existing buildings, construction of a new facility and track work. The new three-story, … READ MORE
RailPros was recently awarded the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Railroad Manual Update Project. The project duties include rewriting the 2011 CDOT Railroad Manual to align better with both CDOT and railroad processes and procedures. The update of the 2011 manual will facilitate the delivery of a wide variety of rail related projects in the state. RailPros’ substantial proposed team experience and our successful track record of working with Class 1 Railroads, Short Line Railroads, and highway authorities alike gives us the understanding to complete the project successfully.
Richard Koerner, PE has accepted a project manager position with RailPros and will be working on the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. He joins us as a registered mechanical engineer with nearly 10 years of experience in the transit industry. His experience includes planning, procurement, manufacturing and testing oversight, commissioning, and safety certification of new, extension, or modernization projects served by automated transit systems, bus, or rail. We are happy to have Richard bring his experience and enthusiasm to the RailPros team!
On October 21, 2016, RailPros will participate in the Mobility 21 Summit at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Our representatives will be at booth 30 to provide information and networking opportunities during the Southern California Transportation Summit. RailPros is a proud Copper Sponsor of Mobility 21 and is ready to discuss future transportation improvements and how RailPros is perfectly equipped to tackle rail projects. Mobility 21 brings together elected officials, transportation providers, businesses, local municipalities, labor, and community leaders once a year to discuss transportation initiatives and solutions. As a premier civil engineering firm in Orange County that has worked with Orange, … READ MORE
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Karen Hankinson, Casey Murdie, Adrian Rodriguez, and Juan Navarro, attended technical sessions and also demonstrated their grade crossing expertise at the recent International Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) conference (August 14-17, 2016) in Anaheim, California. During the ITE Grade Crossings Committee Breakout session on Wednesday morning, Karen gave a presentation on queue prevention strategies at grade crossings. In the afternoon, Karen and the team led a tour group on a field trip to selected grade crossings in Orange County. Highlights of the tour included pre-signal and queue cutter technologies, and interconnections between traffic signal controllers, quiet zone improvements, and pedestrian … READ MORE