Erica Antoine, PE

Erica Antoine Featured Among Rail Industry’s Up-and-Coming Leaders

Burns is thrilled to celebrate Project Manager Erica Antoine, PE — a 2022 Progressive Railroading Rising Star! A gifted collaborator, Erica is known for her ability to align stakeholders and to support clients when they are faced with tough decisions. Under her leadership, Erica’s team has delivered more than $200 million in rail transit projects… Read More

DRPA PATCO solar canopy

Delaware River Port Authority Completes Major Solar Installation

The Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) is powering the rapid transit system serving Philadelphia and South Jersey with 22 Megawatts (MW) of solar energy. Burns guided the interconnection process and analyzed traction power systems to facilitate installation of 46,600 solar panels across multiple sites, ensuring success for one of the country’s largest transportation-related renewable energy… Read More

City Hall Philadelphia | Photo credit: Domenico Convertini

Burns Selected to Investigate Subway Waterproofing Solutions under Philadelphia City Hall

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will engage Burns to research and advise comprehensive waterproofing solutions for the City Hall subway station, the busiest on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line. Burns’ investigations will identify sources of persistent water infiltration. Supporting Pennoni, our team will provide outside-of-the-box alternatives, including both structural and chemical solutions that provide the… Read More

Woodley Park-Zoo | Credit: Phil Roeder

Burns Undertakes Design of Washington Metro’s Fiber Optic Infrastructure

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is performing a complete voice communications upgrade. Installation of the secure, resilient broadband fiber optic network will provide enhanced, seamless coverage throughout the Metrorail underground tunnel network. The new 700 MHz interoperable, public safety-grade digital voice radio network will improve performance of WMATA’s voice and data communication systems,… Read More

Valley Metro Light Rail

Burns Completes Building System Designs for Valley Metro Light Rail Expansions

Phoenix’s Transportation 2050 initiative involves tripling the city’s light rail system with 42 miles of new extensions, enhancing overall mobility across the “Valley of the Sun.” Valley Metro’s 5.5-mile South Central Light Rail Extension will connect riders to South Phoenix, university campuses, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. A 3.2-mile Northwest Phase II extension will… Read More

Sound Transit

Burns Leads Rail Systems Design for Sound Transit Tacoma Dome Extension

The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) is expanding their light rail system to connect the Seattle region with Tacoma, the second largest city in Washington state. Supporting HDR, Burns will build upon our role for the Federal Way Link Extension. Engineering and design services include: Traction power, Overhead catenary system, Signals and… Read More

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Burns Supports New Jersey Transit’s Zero-Emission Bus Garage Modernization Plan

New Jersey Transit (NJT) plans to transform 16 agency garages as part of a clean-energy strategy that will convert the agency’s entire bus fleet to zero-emission operations by 2040. A multi-stage overhaul of the country’s fifth-largest bus transit system’s maintenance garages will be necessary to accommodate demands of new electric charging infrastructure. Likely upgrades will… Read More

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Derek Brown Accelerates Burns’ Growth in Washington, D.C. Region

Burns announces the promotion of Derek Brown as Director, Washington, D.C. Region. Derek’s promotion reflects his critical role overseeing the rapid expansion of multidisciplinary engineering services for railroad, transit agency, aviation, and institutional clients throughout the Greater Washington region. Derek offers extensive experience rolling out large-scale technology upgrades for federal, state, and local government agencies…. Read More

WMATA tunnel

Burns Leads Systems Design for WMATA L-Line Steel Tunnel Restoration

Burns is assisting Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) with rehabilitation of the Yellow Line bridge and steel tunnel liner. Structural rehabilitation of the Potomac River passageway is WMATA’s top structural priority as part of their six-year, $12.3 billion Capital Improvement Program. More than 40 years old, the steel-lined tunnels connecting the Pentagon and L’Enfant… Read More

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AREMA Appoints Clay Payne, PE to Smart Railways Technical Committee

The digital revolution in railway communications will enhance passenger experiences, improve operational efficiencies, and help railways maintain system-wide security. To formalize best practices in “smart railway” systems, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) has launched Technical Committee 35 – Information and Technology. Burns’ Director of Right-of-Way & Facilities Clay Payne, PE will serve… Read More


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