Project Info

Rail - Advanced Wayside Signal - Complete February 2016

Control points, sidings and turnouts were upgraded with state-of-the-art wayside systems -- improving on-time train performance by eliminating most signal failure delays.

How you benefit

Improves safety
New state-of-the-art systems improve train passage and safety. The system also aids the implementation of the  Positive Train Control system, designed capable of reliably and functionally preventing train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits and the movement of a train through a main line switch in the wrong position.

Relieves congestion
This projects improves train passage along the tracks, reducing delays due to signal failure and reducing overall congestion between freight and passenger trains.

Economic incentive
It also allows for future expansion to higher speed travel, cutting travel time for passengers.

Partnerships & cooperation
This project is funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


WSDOT received federal high speed rail funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Project Budget -- $45.92 million

Contact us
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407

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Sparks fly as a worker grinds a new weld installed as part of the Advanced Wayside Signal project.

A BNSF signal technician works inside a signal control cabinet.