The 3.5-mile Elwyn-to-Wawa extension restores rail service to Middletown Township, Delaware County, connecting riders to downtown Philadelphia.
After decades without train service, resuming service at the Wawa Regional Rail station involved improving site conditions, upgrading right-of-way infrastructure, and constructing a modern, efficient and accessible station.
Supporting AECOM, Burns worked hand-in-hand with SEPTA throughout the project’s design. Burns’ role included:
In a separate role, Burns served as the prime design consultant for the extension’s Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation. Burns developed the designs and provided integration of the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) updates required for the Elwyn-to-Wawa extension, seamlessly integrating the new service with the rest of SEPTA’s PTC system.
Rail service began operation in August 2022. Project recognition includes the March of Dimes’ 29th Annual Transportation, Building & Construction Awards’ Project of the Year for the Greater Philadelphia/ South Jersey region.
Burns is a long-time solutions provider for SEPTA. Similar projects include the 5th Street Station Rehabilitation, Media/Elwyn Line Overhead Catenary System Replacement, and Positive Train Control implementation.