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CSX selects engineering, consulting firm to oversee Virginia projects

By Trains Staff | November 18, 2022

Michael Baker International to lead management of work in Washington-Richmond corridor

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A 2020 map of the planned rail improvements under Virginia’s agreement with CSX Transportation. Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

PITTSBURGH — Engineering and consulting firm Michael Baker International will lead program and construction management for projects in the Transforming Rail in Virginia initiative, CSX Transportation has announced.

Some $3.7 billion in design and construction projects between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., are involved. The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority is the lead state agency in the initiative, which also involves the Federal Railroad Administration, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Railway Express, and Amtrak.

The project will see VPRA gain control of 350 miles of railroad right-of-way and 225 miles of existing track from CSX, with development of separate passenger and freight rail corridors south from Washington, D.C. Once the separate rail routes are built, the state will see a significant increase in Amtrak and VRE services.

Michael Baker will provide program and construction management over the next 10 years, collaborating with design consultants to provide pre-construction and construction services including design review and construction management and inspection.

“I am thrilled that the Michael Baker team, supported by Patrick Engineering, is servicing CSXT on this exciting infrastructure project that will transform rail in Virginia, as well as the Rail and Transit Practice at Michael Baker,” Kirsten Bowen, national director, freight rail, at Michael Baker International, said in a press release.

2 thoughts on “CSX selects engineering, consulting firm to oversee Virginia projects

  1. Every wretched MA politician (and most if not all of ‘em are Democrats) should be made to read up on this. These folks, including Congressman Richard Neal, who has held political office for so long he probably can’t remember when he didn’t, have been dangling the possibility of the so-called “East-West” service BOS-Pittsfield (Albany) for at the last 2-3 years. And by this time the sentient folks who live around here ought to realise that all they will ever do is talk the talk and never walk the walk.

    1. About time someone drops a comment. This Virginia story is hot news and it took this long for Mark to notice, no one else has. Good for Virginia, I hope all this comes to fruition.

      As for Mark’s comments, Penn Central or Conrail or whoever it was that reduced the Boston and Albany to single-track left the Commonwealth with a single-track railroad.

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