RESTON, Va., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tens of thousands of people in the Washington, D.C. region are now travelling on the newest rail line built by a Bechtel-led team. Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, also known as the Silver Line, consists of 11.7 miles of track and five stations, and connects to the region's existing metro system. It opened to the public July 26.
"To build a project of this scale safely in such a busy urban environment is a testament to the dedication and skills of everyone involved," said Peter Dawson, president of Bechtel's global civil infrastructure business. "Collaboration with our customer, local businesses, and the community has been integral to the project's success and we thank them for their support."
Bechtel-led Dulles Transit Partners is the design-build contractor for Phase 1 of the Silver Line for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. One of the largest and most complex rail construction projects in the United States in recent memory, the rail line includes six miles of elevated track and a tunnel beneath one of the busiest retail areas in the country. Riders can expect an enhanced passenger experience as a result of state-of-the-art technologies, and innovative design and construction.
A global leader in the rail industry, Bechtel has successfully delivered some of the largest rail projects in the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system, Athens Metro in Greece, and High Speed 1 in the United Kingdom. It is currently working on Crossrail in London, the Riyadh Metro, and the Rio de Janeiro Metro.
Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. www.bechtel.com
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