RT&S announces 2020 Top Projects winners

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Railway Track & Structures magazine has determined the winners of the 2020 RT&S Top Projects competition. A total of 16 projects were determined worthy enough for the 2020 RT&S Top Projects title. The projects ranged from emergency work done on a rail bridge to 3-D underwater sonar imaging used for bridge inspection to rail construction in Alaska. This is the first time RT&S has produced a top projects list.

Project categories were as follows: Rail Maintenance (Class 1); New Rail Construction (Class 1); Rail Maintenance (Short Line); New Rail Construction (Short Line); Rail Maintenance (Transit); New Rail Construction (Transit); Bridge Maintenance; New Bridge Construction; Best Use of Technology on a Jobsite.

“For the first year, I thought the participation was incredible,” said RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson, “and we had a lot of nominations forms that were only partially filled out and did not qualify. I hope that the RT&S Top Projects list will reflect some of the best work and engineering being done in the rail industry for many years to come.”

The 2020 RT&S Top Projects list is as follows:

East Link Expansion, Seattle, Wash.

3-D Underwater Sonar Imaging for Canadian National’s Longest Timber Bridge to Remain In-Serve During Flood Events, Norco, La.

Brightline Trains—West Palm Beach to Orlando

CSX C&C Bridge Rehab Over the Ohio River, Cincinnati, Ohio

East Side Access—Harold Modernization, Long Island, N.Y.

TEXRail Commuter Rail CM/GC, Tarrant County, Texas

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Positive Train Control, Austin, Texas

Divide White Pass Summit Loop, Alaska/British Columbia border

Metro Priority Repairs, Baltimore, Md.

Harold Trackwork, Part 3, Long Island, N.Y.

San Bernard River Bridge Replacement, Sweeney, Texas

Smart Initial Operation Segment, Sonoma and Marin counties, Calif.

Rail-Top Bridge Replacement Projects, Valley, Ventura, and San Gabriel, Calif.

Completion of ExpressRail, Bayonne, N.J.

CSXIT Fairburn Intermodal Capacity Expansion, Fairburn, Ga.

BNSF Emergency Work, La Platte, Neb.

Winners will be featured in the May issue of RT&S.

Categories: Bridge/Retaining Walls/Tunnels, Class 1, Commuter/Regional, Freight, Passenger, Rail News, Railroad News, Rapid Transit/Light Rail, Shortline/Regional, Technology, Track Construction, Track Maintenance, Track Structure
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