Passenger rail: A bright spot for concrete- and composite-tie makers

For concrete- and composite-tie manufacturers, the transit-rail market is full of opportunities. Whether they're tackling state-of-good-repair work or installing ties for new systems, these tie makers continue to find business in the passenger-rail realm.

"Transit projects have really kept the machines running for us," CXT Inc. President Steve Burgess told me last month. "Transit has been the upside."

An L.B. Foster Co. subsidiary, CXT is taking on transit projects in Texas and the Pacific Northwest. Last year, the company received an order to supply 80,000 concrete ties for the future TEX Rail commuter line, which is slated to open in late 2018.

To learn about other tie suppliers' latest projects, check out my article from our October issue. Do you think the momentum in the passenger-rail market will continue in the years ahead? Should tie makers be concerned about funding for future transit projects? Let me know in the comments section below or on our site.

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