Short lines, transit agencies spell out capital spending at 2017 NRC conference

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Highlights from Monday presentations at the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Assocation Conference:

Shortline holding company Watco’s 36 railroads have proposed 151 projects costing more than $59.7 million for 2016, says Ron Close, senior vice president of strategic sourcing/projects. The company’s nine largest railroads account for $48.4 million, or 81 percent. Almost half the overall total, $24.9 million, will be devoted to tie projects. All those figures cover improvement projects and do not cover routine maintenance. The proposals are still subject to company approval.

The Miami-Dade County (Fla.) Department of Transportation and Public Works plans $78 million in procurements for its Metrorail system in 2017 and early 2018. The bulk of that, $50 million, is budgets for acoustical barriers. Long-term capital plans for expansion of the Metrorail and downtown Metromover systems, over 10 to 20 years, are estimated to cost $3.5 billion.

In Chicago, Metra’s 2017 capital program totals $279.5 million, with the largest amount ($90 million) devoted to rolling stock. Infrastructure spending will including $61.7 million for signal, electrical, and communications and $48.9 for track and structures. Notable projects on tap include the addition of third main on two sections of the Union Pacific West Line, a joint $118 with the UP. Bids on for the 1.8-mile stretch between Vale (River Forest) and 25th Avenue should go out in this year’s second quarter. There is also a $30 project to upgrade a bridge on the Milwaukee West Line, going from single to double track, and an $18 million program to replace three aging substations on the Metra Electric line.

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