Rio Grande Pacific Corporation Announces Engineering and Construction Teams for Uinta Basin Railway Project
Rio Grande Pacific Corporation (“RGPC” or the Company”) through
its Rio Grande Pacific Group portfolio company Basin Railway
Constructors, LLC (“BRC”) announced today it has selected the
engineering and construction firms for the final engineering and
construction of the Uinta Basin Railway, the 85-mile-long
common-carrier railway that will provide the first-ever
common-carrier railway service to northeastern Utah’s Uinta Basin
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Rio Grande Pacific Corporation freight
railroads include the Nebraska Central Railroad, a 340-mile network
in east-central Nebraska serving diversified industrial, energy,
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Construction and operation of the Uinta Basin Railway project
was authorized by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board on December
15, 2021. The railway will serve mineral, energy, agricultural,
construction, and manufacturing industries in the Uinta Basin. The
railway project was initiated by the Seven County Infrastructure
Coalition, a political subdivision of the State of Utah, in 2018.
The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation is an
equity partner in the railway.
Engineering and Construction firms that were selected are:
- AECOM will deliver final design of the railway exclusive of it
tunnels. AECOM is the No. 1 engineering firm worldwide (in terms of
revenue) per Engineering News-Record (ENR).
- Skanska-WW Clyde Joint Venture will deliver construction of the
railway exclusive of its tunnels. Skanska is the No. 5 construction
firm worldwide per ENR. WW Clyde is the largest locally owned heavy
civil contractor in the state of Utah and has constructed a
substantial portion of Utah’s major transportation infrastructure
- Obayashi Corporation will deliver final design and construction
of the railway’s tunnels. Obayashi is the No. 15 construction firm
worldwide per ENR and is globally recognized for tunneling
RGPC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Bertel stated,
“We are pleased to award engineering and construction of the Uinta
Basin Railway project to AECOM, Skanska-Clyde, and Obayashi.
Numerous qualified and technically proficient engineering and
construction firms, including most of the major firms in the U.S.,
pursued the Uinta Basin Railway project, and provided to us
high-quality and creative responses. AECOM, Skanska-Clyde, and
Obayashi provided the best fit to our project objectives of the
firms we interviewed.”
WW Clyde Area Manager Garrett McMullin stated, “WW Clyde since
1926 has been known as a premier heavy civil contractor in Utah and
the Intermountain West. We’re thrilled to be chosen for the largest
new railroad construction project in the U.S. since the 1970s.
We’re excited to be a part of creating new jobs and economic
opportunities for rural Utah.”
A key selection criterion for RGPC was the commitment of AECOM,
Skanska-Clyde, and Obayashi to a tribal and local hiring
preference, and to include within their teams to the greatest
degree practical the construction and engineering firms located
within the Uinta Basin and the counties of the Seven County
About Rio Grande Pacific Corporation
Rio Grande Pacific Corporation (RGPC) is a privately held, Fort
Worth, Texas-based holding company for regional freight railroads.
Through its various subsidiaries, RGPC provides a comprehensive
suite of services to the railway industry, including railway
development, engineering, and project management, passenger railway
operations and maintenance, railway track maintenance equipment
remanufacturing, railway dispatching services, industrial
switching. RGPC portfolio companies provide services to Class I,
regional and short line railroads, passenger transit agencies, and
rail-served industries across the United States. Our properties
serve many Fortune 500 firms and move a diverse mixture of
commodities in the agricultural, chemical, lumber, mineral, energy,
and recycling industries. These initiatives offer diversification
across the industry spectrum through synergistic businesses and
relationships. RGPC provides international railway consulting
service for clients worldwide, including on five continents to
date, and evaluates major greenfield railway projects for its
clients as well as our own portfolio.
During the 36 years since our founding, we have focused on
building a business known for its proactive approach to engaging
communities; strong, strategic partnerships with our customers and
our communities; efficient, safe train handling operations and
transportation solutions; and excellent customer service.
Internally, our company focuses on attracting strong team players
who bring innovative, creative thinking and a willingness to go the
extra mile to the table. This entrepreneurial and often
non-conformist style translates into a growth plan that is strong,
yet stable. As a result, Rio Grande Pacific continues to evolve to
meet the demands of a dynamic railroad industry.
At RGPC, we know what it takes to operate within the
increasingly complex political, regulatory and logistical
challenges to move freight and passengers efficiently.
Forward Looking Statements
This release includes certain forward-looking statements,
projections and observations of Rio Grande Pacific Corporation.
Such statements are subjects to risks and uncertainties that could
cause results to differ materially from the Company’s expectation.
While the Company makes these statement in good faith, neither the
Company nor its management can guarantee that anticipated future
results will be achieved. The Company assumes no obligation to
publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made
herein or any other forward-looking statements attributable to the
Company or persons acting on the Company’s behalf are expressly
qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.
All such statements speak only as of the date made, and, except as
required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or
revise publicly any forward-looking statement, whether because of
new information, future events or otherwise.
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