Projects

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  • Port of Long Beach On-Call Railroad Inspection & Rail Operations Services

    Port of Long Beach On-Call Railroad Inspection & Rail Operations Services

    RailPros was chosen by the Port Of Long Beach (POLB) to assist in their development and improvement of various
    railroad facilities along with oversight of existing related facilities within and outside the marine
    terminals. The work includes the following railroad related professional services: rail inspection;
    rail master planning; and other general rail related projects which will span several years.

  • System-Wide Design & Preemption On-Call (UPRR)

    System-Wide Design & Preemption On-Call (UPRR)

    Since 2013, RailPros has provided traffic engineering consulting services to Union Pacific on a wide variety of projects across their 23-state territory. Services provided include interconnected crossing reviews, crossing consolidation studies, grade crossing designs, pedestrian underpass and overpass designs, and traffic engineering training to Union Pacific Employees and highway authorities, related to grade crossings. RailPros is also providing support services to Union Pacific in their crossing assessment program, including reviewing system-wide grade crossings and training staff in their evaluation and improvement recommendations.

  • Redlands Passenger Rail Program (SANBAG)

    Redlands Passenger Rail Program (SANBAG)

    RailPros was selected as the Program Management Consultant for the construction and implementation of the planned 9-mile long passenger rail service, which will operate on the Redlands Subdivision between the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), in the City of San Bernardino (Rialto and E Street) to the City of Redlands/University of Redlands. The project proposes renewal of infrastructures, development of stations, and vehicle acquisitions for the nine miles of passenger rail. Mary Toutounchi leads the RailPros team in providing management support and oversight of the project development, engineering, construction management, and third parties. The alignment will utilize the existing railroad right-of-way (ROW) owned by SANBAG, on which BNSF operates a weekly local freight train. A limited number of Metrolink trains will operate as well, by extending service on the San Gabriel Subdivision from SBTC to Redlands. Also, diesel multiple units (DMU) will be utilized between SBTC and Redlands, at 30-minute headways in each direction, with passing siding in the middle of the alignment.

    The project itself involves rehabilitating or replacing track, bridges, at-grade highway-rail crossings, and related existing infrastructure; building a new wayside signal and communications system that includes positive train control (PTC); up to five passenger loading platforms; procuring a fare collection system; and rehabilitation of a maintenance facility.

  • Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Center (City of Santa Clarita)

    Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Center (City of Santa Clarita)

    RailPros has been awarded a contract for Engineering and Architectural Services for the Development of the Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Transit Center project by the City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Vista Canyon Ranch, LLC. Located within the eastern Santa Clarita Valley, the installation of the Transit Center will involve the relocation of the existing Via Princessa Metrolink Station to the Vista Canyon development. The Transit Center will serve as a regional hub for numerous modes of transportation, including commuter rail, local and commuter bus transit, and bicycle and pedestrian trails in the Santa Clarita Valley, and includes the following components:

    • Development of a new passenger rail station (Metrolink Station) including new railroad track and required signal improvements
    • A center platform (including canopies, mini-high platform, light poles, benches)
    • A grade separated pedestrian access (overcrossing or undercrossing) to the platform
    • A 500-space surface parking lot(s) to be constructed by Vista Canyon Ranch, LLC
    • At ultimate build out the surface parking will be replaced with a 750 space parking structure
  • Van Nuys Station (LACMTA)

    Van Nuys Station (LACMTA)

    RailPros successfully acquired the Van Nuys Station project as a result of our innovative design, which included avoiding widening and seismically retrofitting the Van Nuys Boulevard bridge and impacting the adjacent fiber optic booster station. Our design resulted in a project savings of more than $20 million for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

    RailPros is providing engineering design, plans, specifications, estimates, permitting, and bid and construction support on this center platform project which will be the first of its kind on the Metrolink system that will provide fully grade separated passenger and baggage cart access. The proposed platform is located on the Ventura Subdivision along the LOSSAN Corridor. Currently, 38 weekday passenger rail trains and two long distance trains operate through the Van Nuys Station. The center platform will provide operational flexibility as trains on both of the main tracks will be able to simultaneously utilize the station. Additional project objectives include pedestrian improvements and safety measures, more convenient platform access, and effective access to the station and baggage cart area for Amtrak passengers and employees.

  • Empire Avenue

    Empire Avenue

    RailPros is currently providing design support during construction for Metrolink on this multi-faceted project in Burbank, California. Our work focuses on the Buena Vista Avenue railroad Grade Separation, providing detailed traffic control, traffic signal, and grade crossing plans as required due to the Contractor’s dynamic work plan at this interconnected crossing. Each construction phase involves extensive coordination with the construction team, Metrolink, Caltrans, City of Burbank and CPUC as vehicles and pedestrians are transitioned across the shoofly track while the railroad overpass is constructed.

  • Statewide Preemption Project (UDOT)

    Statewide Preemption Project (UDOT)

    As part of a team with Avenue Consultants, Pinetop Engineering, UTA and UPRR, RailPros is providing engineering expertise to help Utah Department of Transportation develop Statewide Preemption Standards. We have helped develop  a preemption guidelines document and developed a new preemption calculation form, based on TXDOT and LADOT methodologies. In January, RailPros spent the week reviewing grade crossings throughout Utah in an effort to prioritize crossing improvement needs and provide realistic near-term concept timing and/or improvements.

  • Oceanside Quiet Zone Development

    Oceanside Quiet Zone Development

    RailPros is managing the design and implementation of a quiet zone in Oceanside, CA. The Oceanside Quiet Zone project includes $3 to $5 million in improvements at five multi-track at-grade crossings. This includes exit gates, median extensions, pedestrian gates, queue cutter signals and other safety measures. The project involves several railroad operators including Coaster, Amtrak, Metrolink and BNSF.   RailPros is also managing the coordination with multiple agencies including CPUC, City of Oceanside and adjacent property owners to successfully complete this project.

  • At-Grade Crossing Safety Improvements PS&E (Alameda Corridor-East)

    At-Grade Crossing Safety Improvements PS&E (Alameda Corridor-East)

    RailPros is providing preliminary engineering and final design services for At-Grade Crossing Safety Improvement Project to the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE). The goal of the project is to enhance vehicular and pedestrian safety at four existing at-grade crossings in the City of Pomona along UPRR‘s Alhambra and Los Angeles Subdivisions. The crossings include Hamilton Boulevard, Park Avenue, Main Street, and Palomares Street. This project requires excellent knowledge of the railroad operating environment and keen understanding of the constraints associated with design and construction on railroad corridors.

    RailPros’ scope of services includes performing site studies and identifying enhancements and modifications, developing concept plans for proposed improvements, and preparing PS&E package for construction. Project elements include: traffic engineering, roadway design, right-of-way engineering, drainage, utilities, construction estimate,s and quality assurance. Specific improvements may include improved sidewalks, pedestrian gates or other safety modification, street improvements, and upgraded warning signals and signage.

  • City of Maricopa, AZ

    City of Maricopa, AZ

    RailPros is providing track design services for a new siding on UPRR property to allow for the future relocation of the Maricopa Amtrak station in Arizona. The siding will be approximately 3,300’ long and will allow for future construction of a passenger platform and station on City-owned property. The new track will connect to the UPRR Sunset Route main line at each end. Key design elements include railroad track and earthwork design to UPRR standards, drainage and culvert design to UPRR standards, platform and station planning to UPRR and Amtrak standards, environmental clearances, and utility coordination.

  • San Diego Metropolitan Transit Systems (MTS)

    San Diego Metropolitan Transit Systems (MTS)

    RailPros has performed multiple tasks for MTS from Rrght-of-way permit processing assistance to full PS&E design packages.

    • Right-of-Way Services: RailPros provides general right-of-way coordination, technical reviews of right of way permit coordination, technical reviews of right of entry permit applications, and project plans from other agencies or developers submitted to MTS.
    • Orange Line Courthouse LRT Station: RailPros prepared Project Study Report (PSR) for a proposed LRT station at the new State Court House building being built downtown. Two mainline tracks run in front of the new court house building. The station proposes a third track spur on the opposing side of the court house. The study was not only prepared to evaluate preliminary design concepts and analyze potential issues and sensitivities with the project but also to assist with the application for Cap and Trade funding.
    • PS&E packages were prepared addressing a multitude of design needs with plans, technical specifications, and engineering support during construction

  • Pt Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Design (Washington DOT)

    Pt Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Design (Washington DOT)

    The Point Defiance Bypass project will re-route Amtrak’s Cascades and long-distance trains off the sinuous shoreline BNSF corridor to a more direct, faster alignment owned by Sound Transit. The project is comprised of two phases. The first phase, completed in 2010, constructed approximately 1/3 of the project and was combined with Sound Transit’s commuter rail extension from Tacoma to Lakewood, Washington. In cooperation with Sound Transit, WSDOT is now leading Phase 2. RailPros’ role is to provide final PS&E including track design, railroad earthwork design, railroad signal design, coordination with traffic signal design, utility relocation coordination, and support for the rail operations analysis.

    RailPros is also providing the railroad signal planning and design for Phase 2. This includes identification of desired signal locations to provide operational flexibility, braking distance calculations, identification of appropriate hardware, and final circuit design.

  • Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvements Signal Engineering and Inspection Services (MBTA)

    Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvements Signal Engineering and Inspection Services (MBTA)

    As a subconsultant to the construction contractor, JF White, RailPros is providing design, inspection, and testing expertise on the rebuilding of the Fitchburg commuter rail line for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The project involves the upgrading of wayside signals and crossing warning systems on the 55-mile line. The project includes upgrades of several interlockings and 28 at-grade crossings including 12 locations with traffic signal interconnection. The services include developing detailed phased cut-over plans, inspection, testing, developing, and maintaining all systems-related documentation including FRA reports.

  • Empire Grade Separation Shoofly Crossing Design and Traffic Engineering Services (SCRRA)

    Empire Grade Separation Shoofly Crossing Design and Traffic Engineering Services (SCRRA)

    RailPros facilitated all CPUC coordination and designed traffic-related improvements on this multi-faceted rail and roadway project in the City of Burbank. The rail portion of the project included the grade separation of Buena Vista and Empire Avenues, the removal of the San Fernando Road under-crossing, and a temporary grade crossing at Buena Vista.

    Design work included the handling of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Buena Vista during construction of the shoofly grade crossing and the railroad overcrossing. This required the design of temporary railroad-interconnected traffic signals, controlled pedestrian crossings, civil improvements, and traffic control plans to minimize the traffic impact to local residents. RailPros also designed the final signal, signing and striping plans, and is currently providing design support during construction.

  • Downtown San Diego Quiet Zone Design and Implementation (City of San Diego)

    Downtown San Diego Quiet Zone Design and Implementation (City of San Diego)

    RailPros provided Civic San Diego with design, project management, and construction management services for the Downtown San Diego Quiet Zone project.One of the longest and most complex Quiet Zone projects planned within a shared rail corridor, the $20 million project includes safety improvements at 12 multi-track, at-grade crossings. The project involved extensive coordination with several railroad operators including Amtrak, BNSF, North County Transit District (NCTD) and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) as well as multiple agencies including San Diego Association of Governments, the Federal Railroad Administration the California Public Utilities Commission, the City of San Diego, and multiple adjacent property owners.

    As prime consultant, RailPros managed the design and implementation of the Quiet Zone project. The services provided included:

    • Developing plans, specifications, and estimates
    • Project management
    • Construction management support
  • Exposition Light Rail Maintenance Track and Signal Design (LA Metro)

    Exposition Light Rail Maintenance Track and Signal Design (LA Metro)

    RailPros provided specialized rail, communication, and rail signal design engineering for the Metro Exposition Line light-rail maintenance shops and equipment storage yard in Santa Monica, CA for LA Metro. Project deliverables included design of all tracks going into the yard and coming off the Expo mainline, signal design for the yard and shop train control system, associated conduit and duct banks, and server room size, and equipment layout.

    RailPros’ responsibilities included:

    • Specifying and sizing all special trackwork
    • Coordinating designs with the architect to accommodate the vehicle washer and the shop’s embedded track
    • Laying out track geometry for access to the mainline
    • Working with the geotechnical engineer to determine foundation and subgrade requirements
    • Developing demolition plans for existing facilities
  • Rail Inspection Services (Port of Long Beach)

    Rail Inspection Services (Port of Long Beach)

    RailPros provides rail engineering on-call professional services to the Port of Long Beach, including plan, design, and bid package support; California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) applications and permitting; and the Port’s annual terminal rail infrastructure inspections.

    Annual infrastructure inspections involve required Federal Rail Administration (FRA) track inspections and assessing rail infrastructure facilities, including train warning systems, grade crossings, air compressor facilities, and special trackwork. RailPros provides the Port with a quarterly report that includes the FRA track inspection reports, gauge measurement reports, turnout inspections, and compressor facility and train warning system reports and photographs. RailPros also provides computer-aided design drawings of the terminal facility in AutoCAD and Microstation formats for use by the Port of Long Beach and its terminal operators.

  • Orange County Metrolink Service Expansion Project Management Services (SCRRA and OCTA)

    Orange County Metrolink Service Expansion Project Management Services (SCRRA and OCTA)

    As project manager for this $128 million commuter rail infrastructure expansion project, RailPros provided management services, staff support, and safety management directly to Metrolink. The project included more than $25 million in communications system upgrades involving the installation of a 40-mile long fiber optic backbone and digital microwave towers. RailPros’ safety management responsibilities included developing and managing a comprehensive system safety plan for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA.)

  • On-Call Construction Management Services (Union Pacific Railroad)

    On-Call Construction Management Services (Union Pacific Railroad)

    Since 2005, RailPros has been providing on-call civil construction management, railroad signal construction management, and structures construction management to Union Pacific Railroad. As part of this work, RailPros serves as Union Pacific’s on-site representative, interpreting and enforcing plans and specifications; contract administration and management; regulatory compliance; component and material expediting; and compliance with contract documents. Our team also provides construction managers and inspectors on capacity improvements, intermodal facilities, bridge rehabilitation and construction, and grade separations.

     

     

  • Positive Train Control Project Management and Technical Services (SCRRA)

    Positive Train Control Project Management and Technical Services (SCRRA)

    RailPros helped develop and implement the SCRRA Positive Train Control system, a fully FRA-compliant train control system. RailPros’ responsibilities included overseeing the design build contractor and managing the group in charge of design, testing, installation and commissioning of the system. The major project components included:

    • An on-board, train-based subsystem
    • A wayside-based subsystem located in existing trackside signaling bungalows or equipment cases
    • A GPS-based subsystem for calibration and location determination
    • An office subsystem for the Metrolink Operations Center
    • A computer automated dispatching system with instant train integration
    • A portable subsystem used to implement modification of train movement authority

    With RailPros’ project management team, SCRRA was the first operating railroad in the country to receive FRA approval for their Positive Train Control implementation plan.

  • LOSSAN Program Management Support (SANDAG)

    LOSSAN Program Management Support (SANDAG)

    RailPros is providing program management support for the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Improvements, which include double tracking the rail corridor from Orange County to downtown San Diego. Affiliated improvements include bridge and track replacements, new station platforms, pedestrian under-crossings, and other safety and operational enhancements.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Preparing a program management plan, design procedures and construction management manuals, and project study reports
    • Producing monthly project progress reports, peer review of design submittals, and risk assessments
    • Managing the coordination of design, environmental, and construction phasing
    • Implementation of individual program projects
    • Developing criteria standards to tailor current engineering design and construction practices to the San Diego geographic region

    RailPros is also writing new project study report documents to facilitate additional funding for LOSSAN projects.

  • Program & Construction Management (SCRRA)

    Program & Construction Management (SCRRA)

    RailPros is providing Metrolink with on-call project management, design support, and construction management services for multiple projects totaling more than $500 million. These include track, station, signal, communications, and special trackwork procurement, maintenance of way planning and standards, and system signal rehabilitation.

    RailPros is responsible for managing projects and programs, design, and construction oversight, including developing project criteria and specifications, scheduling, and contract administration.  The other services Railpros is providing are:

    • Regulatory compliance
    • Document and cost control
    • Change order management
    • Invoice review
    • Component and material expediting
    • Contract interpretation
    • Compliance with contract documents, Metrolink standards and AREMA recommended practices

    Projects have included the Orange County Metrolink Service Expansion, the Orange County Grade Crossing Safety Enhancement Project, and the Los Angeles Union Station Platform Expansion.

  • On-Call Engineering Services (NCTD)

    On-Call Engineering Services (NCTD)

    RailPros has been providing services and managing projects for the North County Transit District for more than a decade. During that time, the firm has provided on-call engineering services including design, project management, and construction management of improvements associated with agency’s Coaster commuter rail operations, Sprinter light rail operations, and bus services systems. Project elements have included track work, bridge replacement, slope stabilization, and parking lot expansions, as well as station and maintenance facility, double-track, drainage, grade crossing, and ADA improvements.

    As prime consultant, RailPros provides services including project management, project study reports, peer reviews of design submittals, project permitting, engineering design, and design support during construction. Other services have included constructability analysis, QA/QC, permitting, and estimating.

  • Construction Engineering & Management (Caltrans)

    Construction Engineering & Management (Caltrans)

    RailPros is providing construction management services to Caltrans for eight projects involving 33 miles of freeway on the I-5 between Route 134 and Kern County Line. Project elements included HOV lane and connector construction, construction detours, signage and striping, interchange improvements, local street reconstruction, ramp widening, and more.

    Construction management services include:

    • Construction contract administration
    • Engineering and inspection
    • Compliance with project plans and specifications
    • CCO preparation
    • Progress pay estimates processing
    • Contractor safety programs monitoring
    • SWPPP inspection
    • Preparing reports and correspondence
    • Potential claims reviews

    Most work was completed during night hours, requiring extensive knowledge of traffic control and close coordination with the project team to open the freeway on time each day.

  • Port of Grays Harbor Track and Facility Design

    Port of Grays Harbor Track and Facility Design

    The Port of Grays Harbor added railroad track capacity and expanded various berths to accommodate growing needs for their automobile and grain clients. This expansion included a new dumper building, on-site storage silos, and dedicated storage tracks for the handling of loaded and unloaded railcars. New automotive receiving and unloading tracks were built to support the automotive business by adding capacity to serve up to 80 to 93′ autorack trains.

    To reduce impacts to existing operations, RailPros designed the Port’s marine rail redevelopment in two phases, collaborating with grain silo and building engineers to verify design elevations, alignments, clearances, and operations. Both phases were designed, bid and built on time and under budget. The Port began service to the new 9-track facility in January 2012.

  • Orange County Grade Crossing Safety Enhancements – RR Interconnected Traffic Signal Design (SCRRA)

    Orange County Grade Crossing Safety Enhancements – RR Interconnected Traffic Signal Design (SCRRA)

    RailPros designed traffic signal improvements for 20 at-grade crossings for the Orange County Grade Crossing Safety Enhancement Project. Deliverables included pre-signals, queue-cutter signals, signal modifications, implementation of advanced signal preemption, and state-of-the-art traffic signal operation improvements.

    RailPros also provided design support during construction, and was responsible for team meetings, field reviews, change notices, product submittals, shop drawings, operations implementation, and preparation of as-built drawings. The project earned RailPros several awards, including:

Project List

  • At-Grade Crossing Safety Improvements PS&E (Alameda Corridor-East)
  • RailPros is providing preliminary engineering and final design services for At-Grade Crossing Safety Improvement Project to the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE). The goal of the project is to enhance vehicular and pedestrian safety at four existing at-grade crossings in the City of Pomona along UPRR‘s Alhambra and Los Angeles Subdivisions. The crossings include Hamilton Boulevard, Park Avenue, Main Street, and Palomares Street. This project requires excellent knowledge of the railroad operating environment and keen understanding of the constraints associated with design and construction on railroad corridors.

    RailPros’ scope of services includes performing site studies and identifying enhancements and modifications, developing concept plans for proposed improvements, and preparing PS&E package for construction. Project elements include: traffic engineering, roadway design, right-of-way engineering, drainage, utilities, construction estimate,s and quality assurance. Specific improvements may include improved sidewalks, pedestrian gates or other safety modification, street improvements, and upgraded warning signals and signage.

  • Pt Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Design (Washington DOT)
  • The Point Defiance Bypass project will re-route Amtrak’s Cascades and long-distance trains off the sinuous shoreline BNSF corridor to a more direct, faster alignment owned by Sound Transit. The project is comprised of two phases. The first phase, completed in 2010, constructed approximately 1/3 of the project and was combined with Sound Transit’s commuter rail extension from Tacoma to Lakewood, Washington. In cooperation with Sound Transit, WSDOT is now leading Phase 2. RailPros’ role is to provide final PS&E including track design, railroad earthwork design, railroad signal design, coordination with traffic signal design, utility relocation coordination, and support for the rail operations analysis.

    RailPros is also providing the railroad signal planning and design for Phase 2. This includes identification of desired signal locations to provide operational flexibility, braking distance calculations, identification of appropriate hardware, and final circuit design.

  • Rail Inspection Services (Port of Long Beach)
  • RailPros provides rail engineering on-call professional services to the Port of Long Beach, including plan, design, and bid package support; California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) applications and permitting; and the Port’s annual terminal rail infrastructure inspections.

    Annual infrastructure inspections involve required Federal Rail Administration (FRA) track inspections and assessing rail infrastructure facilities, including train warning systems, grade crossings, air compressor facilities, and special trackwork. RailPros provides the Port with a quarterly report that includes the FRA track inspection reports, gauge measurement reports, turnout inspections, and compressor facility and train warning system reports and photographs. RailPros also provides computer-aided design drawings of the terminal facility in AutoCAD and Microstation formats for use by the Port of Long Beach and its terminal operators.

  • Program & Construction Management (SCRRA)
  • RailPros is providing Metrolink with on-call project management, design support, and construction management services for multiple projects totaling more than $500 million. These include track, station, signal, communications, and special trackwork procurement, maintenance of way planning and standards, and system signal rehabilitation.

    RailPros is responsible for managing projects and programs, design, and construction oversight, including developing project criteria and specifications, scheduling, and contract administration.  The other services Railpros is providing are:

    • Regulatory compliance
    • Document and cost control
    • Change order management
    • Invoice review
    • Component and material expediting
    • Contract interpretation
    • Compliance with contract documents, Metrolink standards and AREMA recommended practices

    Projects have included the Orange County Metrolink Service Expansion, the Orange County Grade Crossing Safety Enhancement Project, and the Los Angeles Union Station Platform Expansion.

  • On-Call Engineering Services (NCTD)
  • RailPros has been providing services and managing projects for the North County Transit District for more than a decade. During that time, the firm has provided on-call engineering services including design, project management, and construction management of improvements associated with agency’s Coaster commuter rail operations, Sprinter light rail operations, and bus services systems. Project elements have included track work, bridge replacement, slope stabilization, and parking lot expansions, as well as station and maintenance facility, double-track, drainage, grade crossing, and ADA improvements.

    As prime consultant, RailPros provides services including project management, project study reports, peer reviews of design submittals, project permitting, engineering design, and design support during construction. Other services have included constructability analysis, QA/QC, permitting, and estimating.

  • San Diego Metropolitan Transit Systems (MTS)
  • RailPros has performed multiple tasks for MTS from Rrght-of-way permit processing assistance to full PS&E design packages.

    • Right-of-Way Services: RailPros provides general right-of-way coordination, technical reviews of right of way permit coordination, technical reviews of right of entry permit applications, and project plans from other agencies or developers submitted to MTS.
    • Orange Line Courthouse LRT Station: RailPros prepared Project Study Report (PSR) for a proposed LRT station at the new State Court House building being built downtown. Two mainline tracks run in front of the new court house building. The station proposes a third track spur on the opposing side of the court house. The study was not only prepared to evaluate preliminary design concepts and analyze potential issues and sensitivities with the project but also to assist with the application for Cap and Trade funding.
    • PS&E packages were prepared addressing a multitude of design needs with plans, technical specifications, and engineering support during construction

  • Empire Grade Separation Shoofly Crossing Design and Traffic Engineering Services (SCRRA)
  • RailPros facilitated all CPUC coordination and designed traffic-related improvements on this multi-faceted rail and roadway project in the City of Burbank. The rail portion of the project included the grade separation of Buena Vista and Empire Avenues, the removal of the San Fernando Road under-crossing, and a temporary grade crossing at Buena Vista.

    Design work included the handling of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Buena Vista during construction of the shoofly grade crossing and the railroad overcrossing. This required the design of temporary railroad-interconnected traffic signals, controlled pedestrian crossings, civil improvements, and traffic control plans to minimize the traffic impact to local residents. RailPros also designed the final signal, signing and striping plans, and is currently providing design support during construction.

  • Orange County Metrolink Service Expansion Project Management Services (SCRRA and OCTA)
  • As project manager for this $128 million commuter rail infrastructure expansion project, RailPros provided management services, staff support, and safety management directly to Metrolink. The project included more than $25 million in communications system upgrades involving the installation of a 40-mile long fiber optic backbone and digital microwave towers. RailPros’ safety management responsibilities included developing and managing a comprehensive system safety plan for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA.)

  • Positive Train Control Project Management and Technical Services (SCRRA)
  • RailPros helped develop and implement the SCRRA Positive Train Control system, a fully FRA-compliant train control system. RailPros’ responsibilities included overseeing the design build contractor and managing the group in charge of design, testing, installation and commissioning of the system. The major project components included:

    • An on-board, train-based subsystem
    • A wayside-based subsystem located in existing trackside signaling bungalows or equipment cases
    • A GPS-based subsystem for calibration and location determination
    • An office subsystem for the Metrolink Operations Center
    • A computer automated dispatching system with instant train integration
    • A portable subsystem used to implement modification of train movement authority

    With RailPros’ project management team, SCRRA was the first operating railroad in the country to receive FRA approval for their Positive Train Control implementation plan.

  • Empire Avenue
  • RailPros is currently providing design support during construction for Metrolink on this multi-faceted project in Burbank, California. Our work focuses on the Buena Vista Avenue railroad Grade Separation, providing detailed traffic control, traffic signal, and grade crossing plans as required due to the Contractor’s dynamic work plan at this interconnected crossing. Each construction phase involves extensive coordination with the construction team, Metrolink, Caltrans, City of Burbank and CPUC as vehicles and pedestrians are transitioned across the shoofly track while the railroad overpass is constructed.

  • Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvements Signal Engineering and Inspection Services (MBTA)
  • As a subconsultant to the construction contractor, JF White, RailPros is providing design, inspection, and testing expertise on the rebuilding of the Fitchburg commuter rail line for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The project involves the upgrading of wayside signals and crossing warning systems on the 55-mile line. The project includes upgrades of several interlockings and 28 at-grade crossings including 12 locations with traffic signal interconnection. The services include developing detailed phased cut-over plans, inspection, testing, developing, and maintaining all systems-related documentation including FRA reports.

  • On-Call Construction Management Services (Union Pacific Railroad)
  • Since 2005, RailPros has been providing on-call civil construction management, railroad signal construction management, and structures construction management to Union Pacific Railroad. As part of this work, RailPros serves as Union Pacific’s on-site representative, interpreting and enforcing plans and specifications; contract administration and management; regulatory compliance; component and material expediting; and compliance with contract documents. Our team also provides construction managers and inspectors on capacity improvements, intermodal facilities, bridge rehabilitation and construction, and grade separations.

     

     

  • Orange County Grade Crossing Safety Enhancements – RR Interconnected Traffic Signal Design (SCRRA)
  • RailPros designed traffic signal improvements for 20 at-grade crossings for the Orange County Grade Crossing Safety Enhancement Project. Deliverables included pre-signals, queue-cutter signals, signal modifications, implementation of advanced signal preemption, and state-of-the-art traffic signal operation improvements.

    RailPros also provided design support during construction, and was responsible for team meetings, field reviews, change notices, product submittals, shop drawings, operations implementation, and preparation of as-built drawings. The project earned RailPros several awards, including:

  • System-Wide Design & Preemption On-Call (UPRR)
  • Since 2013, RailPros has provided traffic engineering consulting services to Union Pacific on a wide variety of projects across their 23-state territory. Services provided include interconnected crossing reviews, crossing consolidation studies, grade crossing designs, pedestrian underpass and overpass designs, and traffic engineering training to Union Pacific Employees and highway authorities, related to grade crossings. RailPros is also providing support services to Union Pacific in their crossing assessment program, including reviewing system-wide grade crossings and training staff in their evaluation and improvement recommendations.

  • Redlands Passenger Rail Program (SANBAG)
  • RailPros was selected as the Program Management Consultant for the construction and implementation of the planned 9-mile long passenger rail service, which will operate on the Redlands Subdivision between the San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC), in the City of San Bernardino (Rialto and E Street) to the City of Redlands/University of Redlands. The project proposes renewal of infrastructures, development of stations, and vehicle acquisitions for the nine miles of passenger rail. Mary Toutounchi leads the RailPros team in providing management support and oversight of the project development, engineering, construction management, and third parties. The alignment will utilize the existing railroad right-of-way (ROW) owned by SANBAG, on which BNSF operates a weekly local freight train. A limited number of Metrolink trains will operate as well, by extending service on the San Gabriel Subdivision from SBTC to Redlands. Also, diesel multiple units (DMU) will be utilized between SBTC and Redlands, at 30-minute headways in each direction, with passing siding in the middle of the alignment.

    The project itself involves rehabilitating or replacing track, bridges, at-grade highway-rail crossings, and related existing infrastructure; building a new wayside signal and communications system that includes positive train control (PTC); up to five passenger loading platforms; procuring a fare collection system; and rehabilitation of a maintenance facility.

  • Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Center (City of Santa Clarita)
  • RailPros has been awarded a contract for Engineering and Architectural Services for the Development of the Vista Canyon Multi-Modal Transit Center project by the City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Vista Canyon Ranch, LLC. Located within the eastern Santa Clarita Valley, the installation of the Transit Center will involve the relocation of the existing Via Princessa Metrolink Station to the Vista Canyon development. The Transit Center will serve as a regional hub for numerous modes of transportation, including commuter rail, local and commuter bus transit, and bicycle and pedestrian trails in the Santa Clarita Valley, and includes the following components:

    • Development of a new passenger rail station (Metrolink Station) including new railroad track and required signal improvements
    • A center platform (including canopies, mini-high platform, light poles, benches)
    • A grade separated pedestrian access (overcrossing or undercrossing) to the platform
    • A 500-space surface parking lot(s) to be constructed by Vista Canyon Ranch, LLC
    • At ultimate build out the surface parking will be replaced with a 750 space parking structure
  • Van Nuys Station (LACMTA)
  • RailPros successfully acquired the Van Nuys Station project as a result of our innovative design, which included avoiding widening and seismically retrofitting the Van Nuys Boulevard bridge and impacting the adjacent fiber optic booster station. Our design resulted in a project savings of more than $20 million for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

    RailPros is providing engineering design, plans, specifications, estimates, permitting, and bid and construction support on this center platform project which will be the first of its kind on the Metrolink system that will provide fully grade separated passenger and baggage cart access. The proposed platform is located on the Ventura Subdivision along the LOSSAN Corridor. Currently, 38 weekday passenger rail trains and two long distance trains operate through the Van Nuys Station. The center platform will provide operational flexibility as trains on both of the main tracks will be able to simultaneously utilize the station. Additional project objectives include pedestrian improvements and safety measures, more convenient platform access, and effective access to the station and baggage cart area for Amtrak passengers and employees.

  • Statewide Preemption Project (UDOT)
  • As part of a team with Avenue Consultants, Pinetop Engineering, UTA and UPRR, RailPros is providing engineering expertise to help Utah Department of Transportation develop Statewide Preemption Standards. We have helped develop  a preemption guidelines document and developed a new preemption calculation form, based on TXDOT and LADOT methodologies. In January, RailPros spent the week reviewing grade crossings throughout Utah in an effort to prioritize crossing improvement needs and provide realistic near-term concept timing and/or improvements.