Balfour Beatty To Deliver Rail Services for Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Mainline Track

by Balfour Beatty

January 29, 2024

PETALUMA, C.A. – Balfour Beatty has been awarded a $189,000 contract on behalf of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) to deliver track surfacing, lining and ballast restoration on its mainline track. Once complete, the approximately 40,000-foot restoration project enhances SMART’s passenger rail service to provide sustainable, accessible and efficient rail transportation for Sonoma and Marin counties.

“We are honored to serve SMART and provide rail restoration enhancements for its passenger rail service,” said Mark Konchar, Balfour Beatty US president and managing director of Rail operations. “Northern California is a key growth opportunity for our business, and we look forward to expanding our diverse rail maintenance project portfolio in this geography. Balfour Beatty will leverage its team of leading industry experts dedicated to operational excellence and safety as we achieve our client’s goal of enhancing sustainability and reliability of its rail network within communities.”

Balfour Beatty has a long and successful history of providing rail maintenance services including its work to deliver the rehabilitation of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) Overhead Contract System (OCS) over the past 11 years. Recently the team was awarded a $16 million contract to complete another phase of the OCS’ rehabilitation as part of VTA’s Rail Rehabilitation and Replacement Program.

The company is also continuing its over 14-year partnership with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) with the recent award to complete $60 million in on-call installation services to renovate, modernize and test communication and signal systems along the Metrolink regional passenger rail system.

Work is underway to deliver track surfacing, lining and ballast restoration of SMART mainline track. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2024.