SunRail passenger rail service began May 1 in Central Florida along a 32-mile route comprised of 12 stations between DeBary and south Orlando. The new service marks completion of the first phase of the $1-billion Central Florida Commuter Rail Transit (CFCRT) project.
RailWorks Track Systems and joint-venture partner Archer Western began construction in 2011 on this $168-million design-build project, which is being managed by the Florida Department of Transportation. The team was responsible for the complete design and construction of the initial 32-mile operating segment, with RailWorks leading track and signal construction.
The rail line is built along a busy rail corridor through four Florida counties, so the team had to perform its work around active freight and Amtrak operations. During the construction period, RailWorks also maintained all track and signals on the entire 61.5-mile corridor, a Class 4 rail line that CSX utilizes as a mainline.
RailWorks companies constructed 19 miles of double track, installed 49 turnouts, rebuilt 42 crossings, constructed track for three yards, as well as the Operations Control Center and the vehicle storage and maintenance facility and installed a new signal and communications system. The team also was responsible for earthwork, cast-in-place and precast reinforced concrete, station construction and railroad bridge rehabilitation.