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

Tampa Airport APM

Expansion At Tampa International Airport Includes Automated People Mover

As part of Tampa International Airport’s Master Plan, a new Automated People Mover (APM) is being installed to connect the Main Terminal to economy parking and a new consolidated rental car center. The Airport’s expansion will also add roughly 55,000 square feet to the Main Terminal, and will make numerous functional and aesthetic improvements. Burns… Read More


Trimet Celebrates Opening Of The New Max Orange Line With An Inaugural Ride

TriMet opened the Portland to Milwaukie light rail line (MAX Orange line) on September 12, on schedule and under budget. The $1.5 billion light rail line is 7.3 miles long and includes “Tilikum Crossing”, a bridge that crosses the Willamette River. The only bridge of its kind in the U.S., Tilikum Crossing is designed to… Read More

Burns Part Of Airport Expansion At Orlando International Airport

The Burns Group, as part of a team led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America, was selected to upgrade two existing automated people movers (APM), as well as design and build a brand new one, at Orlando International Airport (MCO). The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has plans to nearly double MCO’s passenger capacity. The airport… Read More


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