Modern Railway Systems (MRS), is proud to announce that it completed the train control work on UTA’s FrontRunner Commuter Rail System, which began revenue service on April 26, 2008. MRS executed this important project as Rail Systems Solutions in conjunction with its joint venture partner MJG, Inc. of Orem, Utah. The joint venture, Rocky Mountain Signal Services (RMSS), executed the entire project safely with no reportable incidents.
This project was a very successful application of the two-phased Construction Manager/General Contractor process. In Phase I, RMSS worked closely with the owner, general contractor, and suppliers to define a system to meet the owner’s unique signaling needs while minimizing cost. Phase II saw the completion of the commuter rail line ahead of schedule and on budget.
UTA’s newly completed FrontRunner commuter rail line from Salt Lake City to Pleasant View is approximately 43 miles in length, consisting of wayside and cab signal territory, and is a 79 mph cab signal system. The line is built on a narrow rail corridor between the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) mainline and I-15 with track centers as close as 15 feet. The project includes multiple tie-ins with UPRR track and provides eight new stations, a control office, 24 interlockings, 27 cut sections, and 28 grade crossings, the warning systems of which interface with UPRR crossing systems. The project includes 23 sets of carborne cab signal equipment on UTA’s fleet of locomotives and cab cars. MRS also provided maintenance training for signaling, crossing, and carborne cab signal equipment.
We would like to express our appreciation and our congratulations to the Utah Transit Authority for developing this project and bringing another key piece of their overall transit plan to fruition. Additionally, we would like to thank our partners at Commuter Rail Constructors, Inc., a joint venture of Stacy & Witbeck and Herzog, for their leadership and for fostering a truly team-oriented approach to the execution of this project.