CA: Parsons Rail Project in Utah Wins AREMA Award

Parsons announced that the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) selected the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) FrontRunner South commuter rail project for the 2013 Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence.

The award was established by the directors of AREMA 15 years ago to recognize outstanding achievement in railway engineering and to honor the memory and accomplishments of William Walter Hay, an association member and leader who was a professional railroader in both the military transportation service and the private railway industry.

Parsons was the lead designer for the FrontRunner South commuter rail project, which involved 45 mi of commuter rail, including 30 bridges, 2 million yd³ of earthwork, 40 joint at-grade crossings with Union Pacific, signaling work, and station construction. The $525 million project was part of UTA’s larger FrontLines 2015 Program, which expanded the rail system by 70 mi and was completed 3 years ahead of schedule.

“Parsons has a long history of success in Utah, and a prestigious award like the Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence is a great recognition for our firm and for the Utah Transit Authority,” said Todd Wager, Parsons group president.

The FrontRunner South commuter rail project beat out seven other entries for the Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence, which was judged on the criteria of innovation, safety, and project reliability. The award was presented at a general session held during Railway Interchange 2013 in Indianapolis.