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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

Scott McKelvie

Burns Adds Scott McKelvie to Growing Railroad & Transit Practice

Burns welcomes Scott McKelvie as our new Director of Business Development, Railroad & Transit. With more than 30 years of experience representing products and services across rail, telecom and construction industries, Scott will lend his unique perspective commercializing next-generation rail technologies as well as his proven ability to identify collaboration opportunities among manufacturers and solution… Read More

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Zero-Emission Fleet Conference Features Burns Speakers

Don’t miss Burns at this week’s Virtual Conference on Clean Buses in the U.S. Fleet electrification leaders Michael Walton, PE and Erica Antoine, PE will be featured speakers on two of the conference’s 12 live sessions. As electric vehicle adoption gains momentum across the United States, the two-day event will explore how transit agencies and… Read More

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Burns Supports LAX Automated People Mover Systems

Burns is joining the team designing and building a new Automated People Mover (APM) system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Once complete, the project will connect LAX with the regional transit system, as well as new off-site parking, pick-up/drop-off areas and a Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility. Burns will apply our detailed understanding of technical security… Read More

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Burns Supports SEPTA Zero Emission Bus Master Plan

Burns is undertaking a facility readiness analysis for one of the country’s most ambitious bus electrification efforts. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is evaluating whether electric buses can replace diesel-powered and hybrid-electric buses at the end of their useful life. Burns is supporting Sam Schwartz with the development of SEPTA’s Zero Emission Bus Master Plan…. Read More

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Ryan Breier and May ElKhattab Named ENR Top Young Professionals

Two rising stars from our Railroad and Transit division are on a roll. Congratulations to Ryan Breier and May ElKhattab for their recognition among the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Class of 2021 Mid-Atlantic Top Young Professionals. Outstanding representatives of the Burns core values, May and Ryan have long distinguished themselves through their collaborative response to resolving… Read More

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Burns Supports Amtrak Signals and Communications Under New Maintenance Contract

Burns is proud to serve as Amtrak’s engineering partner for on-call maintenance of wayside communications and signals systems along the Northeast Corridor (NEC), one of the busiest, most complex and economically vital transportation systems in the world. In December, Amtrak selected a Burns-led team to provide supplemental wayside communications and signal engineering services, complementing the… Read More

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New Pittsburgh Office Places Burns at Center of Railroad Innovation

Burns establishes a Center of Excellence in Pittsburgh for our railroad power, signal, communications, and train control systems team. The Steel City, with its long history of railroad innovation, is the ideal location for the Burns Center of Excellence for Railroad Systems. The Pittsburgh office is dedicated to helping maintain, improve and expand railroad and… Read More

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Ryan Breier Named to Progressive Railroading Rising Stars of 2020 List

Ryan Breier was named one of Progressive Railroading’s (PR) Rising Stars of 2020! This award recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who are making a positive impact on the rail industry. This year, PR’s Rising Stars program received over 100 nominations from individuals who work for Class I, regionals, short lines, passenger railroads, transit… Read More


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