Under this contract, RSE is providing a wide range of services including engineering analysis, PTC data collection, track and signal infrastructure inventory, system wide mapping, and PTC database development for over 250 route miles covering 5 counties in Southern California. One of the main tasks for this project is to inspect and analyze the entire Metrolink commuter rail network to verify operational parameters related to track, signal, and time table. After the inspection and engineering analysis, RSE staff prepared track plan and profile drawings, track charts, and track infrastructure database to facilitate the implementation of PTC. The work also involved coordination with major stakeholders including Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF to assure design compatibility and interoperability of the PTC database.

Postive Train Control System

Positive Train Control (PTC) is a predictive collision avoidance technology that can stop a train before an accident occurs. Metrolink’s PTC project includes the installation of on-board PTC equipment on 57 cab cars and 52 locomotives, installation of stop enforcement systems at 476 wayside signals, and implementation of a six-county specialized communication network to link the wayside signals, trains, and centralized dispatch office. The Metrolink commuter rail system is one of the largest and most complex regional commuter rail systems in the nation.

Under this contract, RSE is working closely with LTK, RF Networks, and Xorail to provide overall design for the PTC system. The engineering tasks include engineering analysis, PTC database development, PTC data collection, track and signal infrastructure inventory, design & supply of on-board and PTC Back Office Server sub-systems, systems engineering, systems design, equipment and systems testing, and systems commissioning.

The PTC back office server (BOS) interfaces to a new Computer-Aided Dispatching (CAD) system and system wide mapping for approximately 388 route miles covering six counties in Southern California. Xorail is supporting the build-out of the PTC system including the BOS and CAD systems. Xorail-managed Services include: Back Office Server, Training Simulator, Locomotive installation and training, and PM and local systems engineering support. LTK provides support for vehicle on-board system installation and the local motive/ cab car simulation module. RF Networks provides engineering for the design and implementation of the communications system.

RSE provides inspection and engineering analysis for the entire Metrolink commuter rail network to verify operational parameters related to tracks and signals. After the inspection and engineering analysis, RSE staff prepared track plan and profile drawings, track charts, and a track infrastructure database to facilitate the implementation of PTC and training Metrolink staff. The work also involved coordination with major stakeholders including the Union Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to assure design compatibility and interoperability of the PTC system.

Key Project Activities include:

  • Engineering analysis to confirm operational parameters
  • Overall participation in system-wide signal, operations, vehicle evaluations
  • RF Testing-Interference
  • RF Ground Plane Study
  • Integration & Commissioning Testing / Support
  • Design, Specifications, and Systems Integration of High-rail Vehicles
  • Subdivision Railroad Track Mapping
  • Installation Surveys

Company Profile

RSE is a multi-disciplinary firm providing professional services mainly to rail transit clients. RSE encompasses a broad range of experience in engineering, design, planning, surveying, and construction services. RSE and its staff have provided a wide range of services to a number of rail transit agencies, railroad companies, and transportation authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. The current major rail transit clients include Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB – Caltrain), Santa Clara County Transportation Authority (VTA), BART, Southern California Regional Railroad Authority (SCRRA – Metrolink), and Riverside County Transportation Authority (RCTC).

RSE is a minority owned Disadvantage Business Entity (DBE) with the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP). RSE is also a Small Business Entity registered with all major transit authorities including Caltrains, VTA, PCJPB, BART, LA Metro, RCTC, and SCRRA.

Partnering with Clients

RSE has grown with its customer needs and has been able to provide services that address highly personalized requests at a moment’s notice. Our focus on every project is to create a partnership with our clients and address their needs with the best solutions. Our managers and key personnel are involved in day-to-day activities of the company and have first-hand knowledge of the projects. They provide timely decisions in order to keep projects moving forward, on schedule and budget. This personalized approach has grown into our culture and has been the main reason behind our success.

Commitment to Quality

RSE has an established quality assurance and quality control system which is applied in our day-to-day quality reviews on all projects, small to large. RSE commitment to quality is at the heart of the company and is at the root of our clients’ satisfaction. We constantly review and monitor our quality goals by:

• Providing on-going staff training
• Understanding clients’ requirements and standards
• Seeking methods to increase work performance leading to clients’ satisfaction
• Performing services in a cost-effective manner
• Continually improving ways to efficiently deliver projects.

Engineering

Surveying / Construction

News

International Seminar on High-Speed Technologies on Railway Systems

HST2017
At UC Berkeley (direction)
Sponsored by RSE



April 2017

Early Train Operator of the California High-Speed Rail System

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Image source: http://www.hsr.ca.gov/
5 International Teams are shortlisted, in alphabetical order as follows:
* China HSR ETO Consortium
* DB International USA
* FS First Rail Group
* Renfe
* Stagecoach Group plc


RFQ Info
April 28, 2017

South San Francisco Caltrain Station Improvement Project

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Image source: Caltrain Website
Caltrain, in coordination with the City of South San Francisco, is preparing to replace the existing South San Francisco Station with a new center boarding platform connecting to a pedestrian underpass.



Project Info
From June 2017

Los Gatos Creek Bridge Replacement Project

Caltrain, in cooperation with the City of San Jose, is preparing to replace the railroad bridge crossing at Los Gatos Creek in San Jose.
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Image source: Caltrain Website


Project Info
June, 23, 2017

High-Speed Technologies on Railways Systems

International Seminar on High-Speed Technologies on Railways Systems
March 2016
at California State University in Bakersfield
HST Bakersfield2 HST Bakersfield2

HST Seminar Brochure

CHSRA finds California Rail Builders as the apparent best value

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has identified California Rail Builders as the apparent best value proposer for the design-build services contract for Construction Package 4, the next segment of construction through the counties of Tulare and Kern and the cities of Wasco and Shafter.

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(source: http://www.rtands.com/index.php/passenger/intercity/cshra-finds-california-rail-builders-as-the-apparent-best-value.html?channel=279)

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Caltrain: San Mateo Bridges Replacement Project

RSE was the primary firm to design the four rail bridges in the northern part of San Mateo at Tilton Avenue, Monte Diablo Avenue, Santa Inez Avenue, and Poplar Avenue. These four bridges were built in 1903 and did not meet current Federal and State seismic safety standards. Caltrain is launching a bridge replacement project to bring these bridges up to current standards, and will span a half-mile along the Caltrain right-of-way from Tilton Avenue to Poplar Avenue.
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Caltrain Map
image source: http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/index.aspx?NID=2228