PACIFIC

RAILWAY

ENTERPRISES

Pacific Railway Enterprises, Inc. (PRE), A Woman Owned Corporation specializing in Railroad System Design and Consulting has been in operations since May 1994, provides an array of services to our clients. PRE's staff have amassed an impressive accumulation of railroad communications and signal expertise in the areas of railroad freight, light rail, commuter and transit signal design, inspection, construction management and maintenance services.

  • A Woman Owned Corporation specializing in Railroad Signal Design and Consulting
  • Certified Small Business - CA No. 36200
  • California DBE, NAICS Codes 541330, 541340, 541512
  • Texas WBE - CIN #WFWB35958N0617
  • Oregon DBE/WBE - Certification Number #8559

Major Project Accomplishments

MRCOG - New Mexico Rail Runner Phase 1

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The concept of establishing Commuter Rail Service to the Central New Mexico Corridor had been discussed for decades but in 2003, then New Mexico governor Bill Richardson proclaimed that the state would seek funding and construct the service. Acting upon grants provided to the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) work began in earnest on the project. Over the next several years NMDOT and MRCOG developed a strategy for implementing rail service and the “Rail Runner” was born.

The state originally opened negotiations with the BNSF Railway to obtain operating rights for their service. Eventually the state decided to outright purchase the corridor from Belen to the New Mexico-Colorado border from the BNSF Railway. This purchase would ensure that commuter trains would be given priority over the existing freight trains in the corridor. The line had a Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS) of 79 miles per hour which mandated that a vital signal system be installed.

Phase 1 of the project required PRE to develop detailed design system drawings for a Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) system between Belen and Bernalillo. This Phase 1 segment was initially dispatched by the BNSF Railway. PRE’s assignment was to design seven (7) control points, five (5) intermediate signals, twelve (12) at-grade AHWS systems and numerous leaving signals used in conjunction with hand-throw switches.

PRE’s signal design was based upon state-of-the-art vital microprocessor interlocking systems and electronic track circuitry. In addition to the signal design PRE developed and provided the actual application software for all of the vital site specific processors and electronic coded track systems. PRE met all of the schedule milestones and made good on our commitments to MRCOG that the systems would be ready for the beginning of service.

PRE continued through Phase 1 supporting MRCOG on signal activities including Design-Support-During-Construction (DSDC), cutover support, vital signal software development and As-Building services to MRCOG.


Client Information

MRCOG

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The Mid-Region Council of Governments is a multi-county governmental agency that is helping our region plan responsibly for the future, in light of anticipated growth in New Mexico's mid-region. Representing the counties of Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance, and Sandoval, we provide planning services in the areas of transportation, agriculture, workforce development, employment growth, land-use, water, and economic development.

We also provide a forum for groups and individual communities to meet and address regional issues. By working together as a region, we're able to identify and implement short and long term policy decisions that are critical to a healthy community and prosperous New Mexico.

Much of the transportation planning support we provide to the outlying areas of the region occurs through the Rural Transportation Planning Organization, and to the urban core through the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The majority of data collection and analysis work is performed region-wide and can be customized to meet individual needs.