Under this on-call services contract, RSE provided rehabilitation design for the VTA light rail system within downtown San Jose. The work included installation of grade crossing panels, new rail and special track work. RSE provided complete design and construction support services for the entire project from conceptual design to final construction.

Key Project Activities Include:

  • Civil and track design
  • PS&E packages for civil, track and signal upgrades
  • Multi-stakeholder coordination
  • Construction staging and operations analysis
  • Special Trackwork procurement
  • Construction support services

VTA Track and Signal Rehabilitations

RSE provided engineering and construction support services for the track and signal rehabilitation of the VTA’s downtown transit mall. The engineering work included trackwork, special trackwork, grade crossings, signals, and communications with trackwork and signaling upgrades as two major components for the rehabilitation.

RSE was the primary engineering consultant on this project for the preparation of the complete set of construction documents including plans, construction cost estimates, and specifications (PS&E). Trackwork design included site plans, track alignment and profile, typical track sections, track demolition, track construction details, track wire and signal circuit replacements, and special trackwork. Engineering support included technical specifications, construction cost estimates, schedule, and structural calculations for track slab reinforcements.

The project consisted of replacing embedded track, reconstructing roadways, reconstructing special trackwork, upgrading signal systems, and installing new signal and power.

The key features for signal-related work included replacing existing vital and non-vital relay logic with solid state VHLC microprocessor controller, installing new Hanning & Kahl HCS-V bi-directional TWC communication equipment, installing solid state GE HSC switch controllers, installing new signal heads with 8 3/8” LED aspects, preparing VHLC vital and non-vital application software programs, and providing control from the signal locations to the Operations Control Center (OCC).

Key Project Activities Include:

  • Review of contractor submittals for compliance with contract specifications
  • Liaison between contractor and VTA operations for installation and testing of work
  • Inspection of signal equipment installation work to support VTA inspection forces
  • Witnessing of contractor testing for contract and safety compliance
  • Preparation of rail activation plans for VTA operations and light rail training personnel
  • Preparation of signal system operation SOP’s for VTA light rail training department
  • Participation in rail activation and dynamic testing operations

VTA Capitol Expressway Light Rail

RSE provided track alignment alternative studies, track alignment, track profile, and special trackwork design for the 3.1 miles light rail extension along Capitol Expressway from the existing Alum Rock Station to the Neiman Boulevard Station. RSE completed deliverables of plans, specifications, and estimates for trackwork and special trackwork.

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.


Surveying / Construction


International Seminar on High-Speed Technologies on Railway Systems

At UC Berkeley (direction)
Sponsored by RSE

April 2017

Early Train Operator of the California High-Speed Rail System

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

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.
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.

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


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