Rail and transit


Amec Foster Wheeler has been providing a full range of environmental, engineering, and consulting services to our passenger and freight rail clients for over three decades. We have a thorough understanding of the technical, logistical, and regulatory challenges associated with rail projects, from system-wide programs to individual site improvements. 

Amec Foster Wheeler draws on its broad base of personnel with rail experience – engineers, environmental scientists, and support staff – and geographic reach to support our clients’ needs, regardless of project size or complexity. The clientele we serve includes: 

  • Heavy haul freight railroad operators
  • Mining, oil and gas, and energy exploration 
  • National and regional passenger rail agencies
  • Rail management companies
  • Short line railroads
  • Transit authorities (light rail, commuter rail, and subway systems)

Our key services to the rail industry include:  

  • Design engineering
    From public transit to freight rail needs, our design engineers are experienced in right-of-way acquisition, process engineering, structural engineering, and rail engineering.  Our approach includes the handling of public relations and essential ongoing communication with all stakeholders
  • Geotechnical engineering
    We are known for designing economic solutions for the safe operation of rail transportation. Our understanding of railroad operations and geotechnical engineering principles allows us to quickly and effectively evaluate conditions that can cause track profile, cross-level, and alignment problems. We provide emergency response roadbed stabilisation services and infrastructure repair. Landslide repairs and tunnel rehabilitation are just two of our specialist services
  • Remediation
    Amec Foster Wheeler's restoration services support cleanup of abandoned rail properties, management of accidental releases, and projects at existing yards and maintenance facilities. Our experience includes providing site characterisation, remedial design and remediation construction, and environmental regulatory compliance
  • Environmental and compliance engineering
    We have completed thousands of projects involving spill prevention and control, countermeasure, and stormwater pollution prevention. Our project managers ensure that all our projects comply with current applicable environmental regulations
  • Environmental permitting
    Amec Foster Wheeler's permitting specialists have broad experience with and knowledge of all relevant federal, state, and provincial environmental permit requirements. Our permitting expertise in capital projects including new sidings/tracks, facilities and yards provides valuable input for establishing valid construction schedules


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