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NRC Bulletin - May 20, 2014
NRC Welcomes New Members
Advanced American Construction, Inc. 
Asplundh Railroad Division 
Custom Truck and Equipment
National Compressor Exchange, Inc.

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NRC Welcomes New Members Advanced American Construction, Asplundh Railroad Division, and Custom Truck and Equipment  



Second LYNX Blue Line Contract Awarded to Balfour Beatty  


Michael Baker Jr. Selected for CSX Intermodal Terminals Professional Services Agreement  


Metro-North to Purchase Advanced Track Inspection Equipment 


UP Increases 2014 Capex Budget by $150M 


MARTA Proposes FY2015 Budget; Will Oversee City Streetcar Operation 


TRB Releases Transit Cooperative Research Program's Synthesis of Transit Track Inspection Practices 

RailWorks Track Services Shows Gov. Patrick Southeast MA Railway Improvement Project 

Hatch Mott MacDonald Names Rail and Transit Project Manager 

USDOT Receives 797 TIGER VI Grant Applications 

NewMembersNRC Welcomes New Members Advanced American Construction, Asplundh Railroad Division, and Custom Truck and Equipment

Advanced American Construction, Inc.
Advanced American Construction, Inc. is a full-service general contractor. They provide heavy civil/marine, industrial and diving services in and around the water throughout the western United States for public and private clients.

For more information contact Evan Clemson at 503-445-9000 or visit

Asplundh Railroad Division
Asplundh offers vegetation management for the railroad industry, including side trimming and herbicide application. They have rail-mounted aerial lifts, chippers, spray equipment and brush cutters ready for service.

For more information visit

Custom Truck and Equipment

Custom Truck and Equipment provides cranes, vocational trucks, railgear, and heavy equipment and experienced personnel. Custom Truck and Equipment will rent, lease and finance their inventory, as well as trade and purchase equipment from customers, both domestically and globally.


For more information call 1-800-861-1065 or visit

SamTransSamTrans Contract Announcement: San Mateo Bridge Replacement Project

SamTrans issued an invitation for bid on its San Mateo Bridges Replacement Project (IFB 14-PCJPB-C-038). The project consists of reconstructing four railroad bridges in the City of San Mateo. Major elements of each bridge are reinforced concrete abutments and wing walls on micropile supported foots and a 50 foot steel through girder span. The project requires a four foot track raise and 4000 linear feet of post and pile retaining wall, as well as minor roadway paving and roadway level concrete flatwork. The work is more fully described in the Contract Documents. The estimated cost of construction is greater than $10m. Bids will be received until June 19, 2014.


For further information, please visit the procurement website at


For more bid notifications and procurement notices of interest to NRC members, please visit the NRC Bid Notifications page at:


Source: SamTrans


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CaltrainRFQCaltrain Issues Electrification RFQ

On May 15, Caltrain issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the electrification portion of its Modernization Program, which includes operating electric service with new, high-performance rolling stock between San Francisco and San Jose by 2019.

Bids are due July 17, 2014.

For the full RFQ please visit:

Source: Railway Age, Caltrain

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Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. (BBII), was chosen by the city of Charlotte to build the track and systems components of the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) LYNX Blue Line Extension, as well as the Blue Line Capacity Expansion Project.


BBII will be responsible for the construction of the ballasted track, traction power system, overhead catenary system, train control, communications and other systems along the alignment. BBII's Traction Power Group will be responsible for providing 11 traction power substations. As part of the Capacity Expansion Project, BBII will be responsible for lengthening existing light-rail station platforms and adding additional power supply stations to accommodate the improved service.


The $131m contract will be executed in concert with BBII's Southeast Region, which was recently awarded the Blue Line Extension's Civil Package, Segment A in January, with a final price of $105.7m. The Southeast Region and Transit Division will collaborate and share construction resources throughout the project to reduce overhead, hasten the overall project schedule and provide a superior transit system extension for the benefit of the Charlotte community.


Source: RT&S, Progressive Railroading


MichaelBakerMichael Baker Jr. Selected for CSX Intermodal Terminals Professional Services Agreement

Michael Baker Jr., Inc. has been awarded a Professional Services Agreement by CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. to provide construction management and inspection services for its Trans-Shipment Terminal Expansion Project in North Baltimore, Ohio. Additionally, Baker will provide engineering review services during the construction phases of projects.


At North Baltimore, Ohio, Baker will support managing the expansion of the terminal process area that includes extending eight process tracks and the crane rails by 2,300 linear feet, as well as extensions of the container stacking areas, the mechanical, electrical, lighting and communications systems for the facility. The project also includes an additional 10,000-foot-long receiving and departing track and other additional support tracks.


Source: RT&S 


MetroNorthPurchaseMetro-North to Purchase Advanced Track Inspection Equipment

MTA Metro-North Railroad officials announced the railroad will purchase a new track monitoring system that will be mounted on passenger cars to provide continuous inspection data and complement the in-depth inspections performed twice each year. The two methods are intended to supplement each other and increase the amount of data available to Metro-North track engineers regarding adherence to federally mandated track parameters such as gauge, curvature, height and overall alignment. 


The Autonomous Track Geometry Inspection System (ATGIS) equipment will be mounted on passenger trains moving at regular speeds. It will generate continuous data to allow Metro-North to identify track geometry anomalies early and prevent failures. Metro-North plans to purchase four units, one for each major train equipment type: a diesel locomotive, a diesel-hauled coach, an M8 and an M7.


Source: Progressive Railroading


UPIncreaseUP Increases 2014 Capex Budget by $150M

Union Pacific Railroad announced its board approved adding $150m to the capital spending budget for 2014, increasing the total spending plan to $4.1b. The additional capital will be used to acquire equipment, including 29 more locomotives, as well as add capacity, targeting growth opportunities in the railroad's northern region.


Sources: Progressive Railroading, UP


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MARTA Proposes FY2015 Budget; Will Oversee City Streetcar Operation

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has proposed a fiscal-year 2015 budget that would allocate $415.6m for operations and $470.1m for capital programs, which includes $149.2m for debt service, agency officials announced this week.


The budget was the subject of public hearings this week, with MARTA's board slated to adopt the final budget on June 5.


Additionally, MARTA and city of Atlanta officials announced the city will operate the Atlanta Streetcar with MARTA's oversight for the first 12 months of operation. The streetcar will be operational later this year.


For more details on the MARTA FY2015 budget please visit:  


Sources: Progressive Railroading, MARTA


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TRBReleasesTransitTRB Releases Transit Cooperative Research Program's Synthesis of Transit Track Inspection Practices

The Transportation Research Board (TRB), in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation, released a synthesis of transit practice in early May. NRC Safety Committee Member John Zuspan of Track Guy Consultants collected and synthesized the information and wrote the report, under the guidance of a panel of experts in the subject area.


The scope of TCRP includes a variety of transit research fields including planning, service configuration, equipment, facilities, operations, human resources, maintenance, policy, and administrative practices. This synthesis focused on Transit Track Inspection, gathering information across a range of US rail transit agencies on track inspection practices and policies. The goal is to provide rail transit agencies with a knowledge base of information that might help them to develop their own set of track safety and maintenance standards. Basic information gathered includes agency staffing, agency organization and characteristics, track inspection program criteria, training and certification, procurement, and track safety practices.


This report, along with other rail construction industry resources can be found at

Source: TRB, Track Guy Consultants 

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick toured track improvements on the Mass Costal Railroad with NRC member RailWorks Track Services on May 13.


RailWorks Track Services of Westfield recently completed the $1m part of the project shown to Gov. Patrick. RailWorks is replacing worn or rotted railroad ties supporting the rails along the nearly 10 miles of track from Berkley to Fall River, after which they will begin shoring up the rail line to New Bedford.


The work is part of a $10m investment to upgrade the freight lines and replace several railroad bridges for South Coast Rail. In the future, these rail lines will undergo more upgrades and tests to ensure they can accommodate South Coast Rail commuter trains. This is the first phase of the $2.3b South Coast Rail project for commuter rail.


Sources: The Herald News, WPRO News, RailWorks Track Services


Hatch Mott MacDonald named Jennifer Moczygemba a senior project manager in the firm's rail and transit practice in Dallas. She served more than two decades with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). As TxDOT's rail system section director, she developed a $10m freight- and passenger-rail program.


Source: Progressive Railroading


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USDOTReceivesUSDOT Receives 797 TIGER VI Grant Applications

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced it received 797 grant applications from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia through the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

The applications totaled $9.5b in requested grants - more than 15 times the $600m set aside for the program - demonstrating the continued demand for transportation investment nationwide.


The USDOT expects to announce TIGER VI grant recipients in summer. Since 2009, the TIGER program has provided $3.5b in grants to 270 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

 Sources: USDOT, Progressive Railroading, RT&S


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