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Photographs by Ken Fitzgerald. Courtesy of Trinity Metro.

mained committed to maintaining
our schedule while delivering the
best possible product, " he said.
TEXRail was funded in part
by the Capital Investment Grants
program through the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA).
While delivering the project at
approximately $80 million under budget was a notable accomplishment, the cost savings gave
Trinity Metro a jump start on an
extension of the TEXRail line.
FTA allowed Trinity Metro
to retain up to $38.9 million of
the federal share of the project
cost savings to apply toward the
construction of the 2.1-mile extension of TEXRail.
" Being able to retain the
amount that we didn't spend on
the original TEXRail project is
enabling us to put that money
toward an extension to the Fort
Worth Medical District, which
has multiple hospitals and an
employment base of 40,000, "
Baulsir explained. " We worked
closely with the Federal Transit
Administration and we appreciate
that the agency allowed us to use
those unspent funds to implement
a new segment on our line. "

Baulsir notes finishing under
budget was a team effort.
" Our contractors provided
high quality work at a fair price.
We collaborated on innovative
ways to save money and time,
such as constructing a new bridge
and then replacing an existing
one over a weekend rather than
trying to rebuild the bridge in its
destination over a long period of
time. Our contractors delivered
as promised without delay in difficult situations [and] without creating a budgeting crisis, " he said.

Maintenance

New construction is one situation
in which rail contractors can offer benefits; others include rehabilitation projects and specialized
maintenance tasks.
For example, in January 2020,
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
signed a bill into law that requires
railroad operators to keep grade
crossings across the state clear of
obstructive vegetation. Vegetation
management companies can perform this kind of specialty work
using various on- and off-track
equipment to cut back vegetation
or apply herbicides.

Another example involves a
contract announced in the second
quarter of 2020 where RailWorks
Corp., through its Track Services
subsidiary, will perform all minor,
major and preventive track maintenance and emergency response
services for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland
Transit Administration (MDOT
MTA) Metro SubwayLink and
Light RailLink Divisions. The 77mile network includes ballasted
track, grade-shared right-of-way
track, nearly 50 stations, 43 grade
crossings and more than 100 mainline switches, among other features.
Matt Ginsberg, president and
founder of TGA Association Management Solutions LLC, which
manages the National Railroad
Construction and Maintenance
Association (NRC), explains innovative solutions are what agencies
should expect from contractors.
" NRC members are highly motivated from both a financial and
company reputation perspective
to find the most innovative solutions to deliver projects for less
cost without compromising safety.
Our members pride themselves on
a robust and comprehensive safety

DECEMBER 2018:
Equipment
that lays down
eight, 700pound concrete
crossties in
a single pass
was used to
construct the
new TEXRail
track.

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