U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster tours Tower 55 project in Fort Worth, TX
Sunday, March 8, 2015
by: Ashley Bosch

Section: 2015 NRC Grassroots Events

BNSF and Union Pacific trains simultaneously moving through Tower 55

Brian Large (BNSF) gives briefing to Congressman Bill Shuster and invited guests during driving tour of Tower 55

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Fort Worth, TX - On 3/8/15, U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster (R-PA-09) joined representatives from BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, HDR, Inc. and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of the Tower 55 project.

Upon his arrival, Congressman Shuster was greeted by representatives from HDR, including Senior Vice President, Global Director of Freight Railroads and NRC Board Member Scott Goehri and Vice President, Lucas Bathurst. HDR played a key role in the Tower 55 project by developing the preliminary plans, obtaining environmental clearances, and performing the engineering, design and permitting work.

Additionally the Congressman received a briefing on the project from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) Executive Chairman Matt Rose, VP of Government Affairs Amy Hawkins, Director of Engineering Services Brian Large and Union Pacific Railroad Director of Public Affairs Dan Harbeke.

Completed in September 2014, the $104 million Tower 55 project overhauled the nation's busiest rail intersection to more efficiently move freight and passengers both nationally and internationally. The four-way intersection sees about 100 trains per day and was known as one of the nation's biggest freight bottlenecks before this project.

During the driving tour of Tower 55, the Congressman had an opportunity to see various project elements including the new north-south main line that was constructed to accommodate additional capacity, volume growth, and mitigate train delays. In addition, the tour showcased the structural improvements to existing bridges and overpasses and the overhaul of at-grade public crossings and pedestrian access ways near downtown Fort Worth.

The event also recevied coverage in Progressive Railroading Magazine: http://www.progressiverailroading.com/supplier_spotlight/news/Rail-supplier-news-from-NRC-Alstom-AXION-RADWIN-UATP-and-HDR-March-13--43819
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