ACEC/PA Honors Burns as 2019 Transportation Winner at Annual Awards Gala

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Harrisburg, PA (March 11, 2019) – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) named Burns as the 2019 Transportation winner for the completion of the Positive Train Control for SEPTA project, at the organization’s annual Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.

“Burns Engineering utilized innovative techniques to accelerate the design process,” said Leeann Sherman, Executive Director of ACEC/PA. “The engineering solutions developed by Burns helped SEPTA to protect 37 million annual passenger trips (three million riders) using PTC technology.

SEPTA’s new PTC system – comprised of a network of seamlessly integrated smart communication systems – is interoperable with other trains, increases system reliability and redundancy, and ensures the safety of the traveling public. Today, SEPTA is just the second rail operator in the nation to fully implement PTC, and the project has become the prototype for PTC implementations on commuter railroads throughout the Northeast.

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