- BNSF is currently working on the engineering and design for this project and expects to start construction in late 2013.
- Download the project fact sheet (500KB).
Why is WSDOT
installing the Advanced Wayside Signal Sytems?
The system upgrades will result in improved on-time train performance through the elimination of most delays from signal failures. Upgrading the signals will make the system ready to accept Positive Train Control components. What is PTC? Find out from the Federal Rail Administration here.
The End Result
WSDOT is working with BNSF Railway, Tacoma Rail, Sound Transit and Amtrak to:
- Upgrade wayside signal systems components at all control points, sidings and turnouts between the US - Canada border and Vancouver, WA (the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor - PNWRC). This includes cabling work along the tracks near railroad control cabinets.
- Upgrade wayside signal systems components throughout the PNWRC.
The Advanced Signal System project upgrades control points, sidings, and turnouts with state-of-the-art wayside system components. This will result in:
- improved safety
- added rail capacity
- increased reliability
- the potential for future higher speed travel.
What is the project timeline?
BNSF began its preliminary engineering work in early 2012. Construction is expected to begin in late 2013 with construction complete in January 2016.
WSDOT received federal high speed rail funds from the 2009 Recovery and Reinvestment Act, administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Project Budget: $60.1 million
How can I get more information?
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
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