Environmental Due Diligence for Railroad Safety Installations
Location: Western two-thirds of the United States, including the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and several more.
Duration: 2014 to Current
Description: Positive Train Control (PTC) is a Federally mandated safety system initiative that was a result of Congress enacting the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The Rail Safety Improvement Act was enacted in response to a railroad accident in Chatsworth, California that claimed 25 lives and caused over 100 injuries. PTC systems are designed to prevent train collisions, derailments, and other train accidents. PTC system require the installation of 25-75 feet tall communications towers, typically every 1 to 3 miles apart down the railroad right-of-way. Since 2014, GSS has conducted NEPA/Section 106 reviews for well over 10,000 PTC towers throughout the United States for multiple Class I railroads.