Axion International Holdings, Inc., has shipped 500 composite crossties to Calgary Transit for use in crossings. Calgary Transit has been a customer of Axion's for four years and has purchased ECOTRAX ties annually.
“During the evaluation period it became clear that these ties accept our tie plate and screw spike consistently, do not break down and road salts seem to have no effect on their longevity,” said Keith Hiatt, Calgary Transit’s track and way coordinator.
ECOTRAX composite ties are made from 100-percent recycled plastic. In manufacturing ties for this purchase order, more than 100,000 pounds of plastic were taken out of the landfill stream and converted crossties.
AXION currently sells its ECOTRAX ties to railroads and transit systems, as well as a Class 1 railroad in the U.S.