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RailWorks is Onboard for Virgin Trains USA


RailWorks is part of a best-in-class team of contractors bringing new and enhanced transportation options to South Florida.

Virgin Trains, formerly Brightline, announced the five teams that will collectively be responsible for the development of 170 miles of new track into the completed state-of-the-art intermodal facility located in the new South Terminal at the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

HSR Constructors – a joint venture of Herzog, Stacy and Witbeck and RailWorks – will be an integral part of this phase of the project, according to Virgin Trains. This group is tasked with a range of work, including:

  • Shifting 56 miles of existing track
  • Constructing 100 miles of new Class VI track within the existing right of way (ROW)
  • Rehabilitating 28 miles of existing sidings
  • Installing about 40 new turnouts and crossovers and relocation of another 40
  • Relocating fiber duct parallel to the ROW
  • Installing new signal systems including Positive Train Control
  • Constructing second main track
  • Modifying/replacing surfaces
  • Upgrading crossing signal protection at 155 locations
  • Replacing 19 bridges

“This important project will transform what it means to travel by rail in the state of Florida,” said Kevin Riddett, RailWorks President and CEO. “RailWorks is proud to partner with Herzog and Stacy and Witbeck on this project and we look forward to seeing it fully completed.”

Construction on portions of the project have already begun. Work is expected to be to be complete and service will begin between South Florida and Orlando in 2022.