Monday, November 16, 2009

Balfour Beatty Rail showcases skills with Gold Line Extension opening

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The Gold Line Eastside Extension in Los Angeles, a major Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc. project, marked the beginning of its light rail service with a grand opening ceremony Nov. 15 at the extension's Civic Station.

Balfour Beatty Rail started work in 2004 on the Eastside extension in a joint venture with electrical contractor Steiny and Co. The extension runs from Union Station to Pomona Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard.

"This has been a landmark project for Balfour Beatty Rail, one that demonstrates the expertise and versatility of our people in a big way," said Joe Reed, vice president of Transit. "The work we've done here certainly won't go unnoticed. This is going to have an impact on area transportation for a long time to come.

Balfour Beatty Rail designed, installed and tested the system components for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The $90-million project entailed several miles of at-grade stretches and a two-mile underground segment that includes two double-level stations. Included in the work were signals, communications, traction power and the overhead catenary system.

"Our crew deserves recognition for executing this very complex project," said Jim Moynihan, president and CEO of Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc. "It's a tribute to the depth of their skills. Stringing lines, building the stations, constructing track - they've done it all, as well as anyone can."

Metro Gold Line anticipates 13,000 passengers will ride the extension on an average weekday after the first year of operation.
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