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

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

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

John Hasrouni Joins Burns, Brings Extensive Traction Power Expertise

A big welcome to John Hasrouni, PE, who recently joined Burns as a Senior Traction Power Engineer. John has over 30 years of experience in the design and construction of traction power supply and distribution systems for a wide variety of metro, light rail, high speed rail, and freight rail projects across the US, UK,… Read More

Clay Payne, PE

Clay Payne Named Director of Right-of-Way & Facilities

Clay Payne, PE, was recently promoted to Director of Right-of-Way & Facilities of the Railroad and Transit Group! For the past 20 years, Clay has remained focused on providing thoughtful solutions for his railroad and transit clients, and their facilities and infrastructure projects. Clay has a passion for enhancing the passenger experience, and keeping transit… Read More

Burns Designing Rail Systems for NICTD West Lake Corridor

Burns, as a subconsultant to HDR, is performing rail systems design for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s (NICTD) West Lake Corridor project. Burns’ design includes Overhead Catenary Systems (OCS), traction power, signals and communications. NICTD’s existing South Shore Line (SSL) connects Northwest Indiana to Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The West Lake Corridor is… Read More

Jonathan Schimpf Promoted to Railroad and Transit Project Manager

Jonathan Schimpf, PE, was recently promoted to Project Manager in Burns’ Railroad and Transit Group! Jonathan has been with Burns for 11 years, specializing in AC and DC traction power substation design, electrical distribution system design, traction power modeling and simulations, catenary system design, and project construction oversight. He has extensive experience with Amtrak’s 12… Read More

DRPA Upgrades Traction Power Distribution at PATCO’s Lindenwold Shop

Burns is helping the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) upgrade their DC traction power distribution system at PATCO’s Lindenwold Shop. As part of their commitment to safety, DRPA and PATCO are redesigning the distribution system, as well as resectionalizing the shop, in order to minimize the hazards associated with exposed live parts during maintenance activities…. Read More

South Station

Burns Plays Integral Role in Design of MBTA Positive Train Control System

Burns is under contract to support Ansaldo STS with the Positive Train Control (PTC) system on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Commuter Rail network. This project spans MBTA’s 15 active line routes split into two districts, North Station Terminal and South Station Terminal, which cover approximately 394 miles of track serving 134 stations and… Read More


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