Platform at Sox-35th, looking north | Photo credit: Jacob G.

Burns Supports Federal Review of Chicago Red Ahead Program

Burns serves as a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Project Management Oversight Contractor for the Chicago Transit Authority’s proposed Red Line Extension Project. CTA is proposing a 5.6-mile extension of the Red Line Dan Ryan branch as part of the Red Ahead Program, a comprehensive initiative to modernize and add new service on Chicago’s most-traveled rail… Read More

Electrifying Bus Depots

Burns’ Guide to Electrifying Transit Agency Bus Depots

Zero-emission buses (ZEBs) are lowering carbon emissions, improving air quality, and helping communities achieve environmental justice goals. With an influx of new funding, transit agencies now find themselves leading the way to an electrified transportation future. A successful ZEB transition involves much more than vehicle selection and procurement. Whether agencies opt for battery-electric buses or… Read More

Wawa Regional Rail Station

SEPTA Opens New Wawa Regional Rail Station

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) marked the culmination of a multi-year project this week with renewal of rail service in Middle Township, Delaware County. More than 35 years after the former Wawa station closed, SEPTA relaunched service this week with all-new facilities and the opening of a 3.5-mile extension that connects riders to downtown… Read More

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

New Jersey Transit rendering pantograph charging buses

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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