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CAPITAL PROJECTS . . .

(Current as of March 2018)

A.
      
Recently Completed Projects

FEMA Project

As a result of a May 2014 storm event. STERA sustained storm damage at 47 locations in four New York State counties on the Southern Tier Extension railroad line.  FEMA had declared a disaster in these counties (FEMA-4180-DR-NY), which made STERA eligible for funding from FEMA and the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) to assist in the repair of these damages, and to assist in the mitigation of additional damages that might be caused by future storm events at certain specific locations.  WNYP provided the remaining required matching funds.  The project began in 2014, and all work was completed in 2015.  As of March 2018, STERA is awaiting FEMA final closeout of the project.

Bridge Rehab and Track Realignment Project

STERA had received NYS DOT 2005 Bond Act funds for the realignment of track from a bridge that in recent years had been in service to an adjacent bridge that in recent years had not been in service. WNYP provided the required matching funds.  This project was located in the Falconer area in Chautauqua County on the Southern Tier Extension line.  The goal of the project was to improve safety and track speeds, which would further improve competitiveness of rail service.  Further, the project was part of an overall strategy to raise the entire Southern Tier Extension Railroad line to a 286,000 lb. capacity specification for 4-axle rail cars.  WNYP provided engineering, construction, and construction inspection services on this contract (augmented by engineering review and inspection review by NYS DOT).  The project replaced a bridge in need of major repair that had only a 273,000 pound per carload weight capacity
with an adjacent, unused bridge (i.e., placed back into service) that has a 315,000 pound per carload weight capacity (above the industry standard of 286,000 pounds).  The replaced bridge was the last remaining 273,000 pound-per-carload bridge in the line.  The project began in 2013.  The project’s primary objectives have been completed; the realigned route and bridge crossing were placed back in service in November 2013.  Secondary goals of installation of additional welded rail and 1,200 ties and the improvement of a switch serving the RHI Monofrax siding in Falconer also subsequently have been completed.  Installation of 5,000 ties and ballast has been completed.  As of the end of 2016, all work had been completed, and as of March 2018, STERA is awaiting final closeout of the project by NYS DOT.

Tie Installation and Grade Crossing Repair Project

STERA had received NYS DOT PFRAP funds for the installation of 8,000 ties and the repair of four grade crossings on a section of the Buffalo line located between Olean and Portville (Cattaraugus County).  WNYP provided the required matching funds.  The goal of the project was to improve safety and track speeds, which would further improve competitiveness of rail service.  Further, the project was part of an overall strategy to maintain the Buffalo line at a 286,000 lb. capacity specification for 4-axle rail cars.  The project also will serve customers located on the Buffalo line in Pennsylvania.  WNYP provided engineering, construction, and construction inspection services on this contract (augmented by engineering review and inspection review by NYS DOT).  WNYP engaged one or more third party private sector construction contractor(s) to provide certain construction services under sub-contract to WNYP.  All of the work on this project had been completed as of the end of 2015; however, additional project funds remained, and STERA received approval from NYS DOT to extend the project deadline through the end of 2016 so as to complete additional project work elements to better serve rail shippers on the line.  STERA used the extension and unspent funds to rehab four additional grade crossings on the Buffalo line north in the Olean area (Back Hinsdale Road, Oregon road, Haskell Road, and Promised Land Road), and install additional ties.  As of the end of 2016, all work had been completed, and as of March 2018, STERA is awaiting final closeout of the project by NYS DOT.


Cattaraugus County Rail Rehabilitation Project

STERA had received NYS DOT PFRAP Act funds for tie replacement, track alignment, and grade crossing and turnout rehabilitation between Olean and Killbuck in Cattaraugus County, NY on the Southern Tier Extension Railroad Line.  WNYP provided the required matching funds.  The goal of the project was to improve safety and track speeds, which would further improve competitiveness of rail service.  Further, the project was part of an overall strategy to raise the entire Southern Tier Extension Railroad line to a 286,000 lb. capacity specification for 4- axle rail cars.  WNYP provided engineering, construction, and construction inspection services on this contract (augmented by engineering review and inspection review by NYS DOT).  The project involved the replacement of 10,000 ties, the installation of approximately 12,000 tons of ballast, the raising/surfacing/aligning of track and turnouts, the rehabilitation of three at-grade crossings, and the rehabilitation of eleven turnouts along 12 linear miles of railroad line between Olean and Killbuck.  WNYP engaged one or more third party private sector construction contractor(s) to provide certain construction services under subcontract to WNYP.  All project work has been completed. As of March 2018, STERA is awaiting final closeout of the project by NYS DOT.

B.
      
Projects Currently Underway

Track and Bridge Rehabilitation Project

STERA had received NYS DOT PFRAP Act funds for the replacement of 8,000 linear feet of welded rail in Carrolton in Cattaraugus County, and the repair of three bridges in Jamestown, one bridge in Salamanca, and one bridge in Olean.  All work except the Olean bridge was to be done on the Southern Tier Extension; the Olean bridge is on the Buffalo line.  WNYP provided the required matching funds.  The goal of the project is to improve safety and track speeds, which would further improve competitiveness of rail service.  Further, the project is part of an overall strategy to raise the entire Southern Tier Extension Railroad and Buffalo lines to a 286,000 lb. capacity specification for 4-axle rail cars.  The bridge repairs specifically are intended to improve safety related to bridge integrity (reducing impacts on pedestrians/highway vehicles).  STERA contracted directly with WNYP for the provision of engineering, construction, and construction inspection services on this project (augmented by engineering review and inspection review by NYS DOT).  WNYP will engage one or more third party private sector construction contractor(s) to provide certain construction services under sub-contract to WNYP; interested potential subcontractors may contact STERA and/or WNYP directly.  The current timeline for the project is that the project will begin in 2018, and be completed in 2018.

Olean Enginehouse and Yard Improvement Project

STERA had received NYS DOT PFRAP Act funds for improvements to the enginehouse in the Olean yard, installation of a yard video security system, the installation of 6,000 6x8 ties in the Olean yard, and the replacement of 8 switches in the Olean yard.  The work would be done on the Southern Tier Extension Line.  WNYP provided the required matching funds.  The goal of the project is to improve safety and track speeds within the Olean Yard, which would further improve competitiveness of rail service.  Further, the project is part of an overall strategy to raise the entire Southern Tier Extension Railroad and Buffalo lines to a 286,000 lb. capacity specification for 4-axle rail cars.  The enginehouse improvements specifically are intended to improve safety and productivity related to operations within the enginehouse.  The security system is intended to improve public safety and reduce vandalism.  STERA contracted directly with WNYP for the provision of engineering, construction, and construction inspection services on this project (augmented by engineering review and inspection review by NYS DOT).  WNYP will competitively procure and engage one or more third party private sector construction contractor(s) to provide certain construction services under sub-contract to WNYP.  The current timeline for the project is that the project will begin in 2018, and be completed in 2018.


C.
      Projects Currently Proposed


Proposed Tie and Rail Replacement Project

STERA has approved submission of an application in the 2017 PFRAP funding cycle (NOFA not yet announced) to NYS DOT for grant funds, to be matched by WNYP funds.  The proposed project would involve replacement of 10,000 ties, replacement of some worn rail, and surfacing between Steamburg (Cattaraugus County) to Waterboro (Chautauqua County), between MP SA-14.00 (west of Steamburg) to MP SA-23.00 (Waterboro).  The work would be done on the Southern Tier Extension Line.  All the work would be bid by WNYP.  STERA plans to submit the application once the NOFA is announced.  There is no current timeline for the project.

Proposed Salamanca Main Street Bridge
Replacement and Track Realignment Project
STERA, the City of Salamanca, and the Seneca Nation of Indians had met in the spring of 2017 to discuss replacement of the Salamanca Main Street rail bridge (replacing the 6 lane rail bridge with a two lane bridge, with higher clearance for Main Street underpass traffic) and the realignment of track just to the west of the bridge (re-routing of the main line in this area to remove the curvature of the line, which is a safety issue and which keeps train speeds down).  Such a project (or at least the bridge replacement component) would be eligible for NYS DOT Bridge NY funding.  Another meeting is anticipated, but the project grant application would not be submitted until 2018 at the earliest.  The project currently is in the pre-application planning stage.  The project would have to be approved by the Seneca Nation of Indians for both the bridge and track realignment projects to move forward.  There is no current timeline for the project.

Proposed Transload Facility Project

In March, 2006, the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board, using funding provided by NYSDOT, USDOC EDA, and WNYP, began a feasibility and site selection study relating to the phased construction and operation of rail-highway freight transfer facility to be located somewhere along the NYS portion of the Southern Tier Extension Railroad Line.  The first phase was to involve construction of a transload facility, with potential future phases if justified by freight volume and market demand, to involve satellite marine terminal/inland port designation, intermodal container operations, and a nearby business or industrial park development.  The study demonstrated commercial viability for the first phase transload facility and also recommended location of the transload facility at the WNYP rail yard in Allegany, New York (Cattaraugus County).  This study report is available at www.southerntierwest.org/html/publications.htm.  In January 2009, the Southern Tier West RP&DB, as part of the feasibility and site selection study project, undertook a preliminary engineering study for the construction of the proposed transload facility at the Allegany NY rail yard site.  This engineering report, along with technical appendices, is available at  ww.southerntierwest.org/html/publications.htm.  Based upon these studies and the express indication by NYS DOT that it would encourage and help fund the construction of the first phase transload facility, STERA would like to undertake the project, either by (a) constructing and owning the facility, with operation to be leased to a third party private sector company to be selected at a later date, or by (b) work with a private developer that would construct and either own/operate or own/lease the facility to another private sector operator.  STERA’s strategy is to build the transload facility in phases, as construction funds became available.  STERA is currently in the process of seeking funding to undertake the construction of the first phase transload facility.  When STERA obtains construction funds, it will procure engineering consulting services, undertake environmental analysis, secure site control, undertake engineering/design, and begin construction.  STERA will not issue RFP’s for any project-related services until funding is in hand for this project.

Requests for Proposals for Capital Projects

STERA currently has no other open RFP's for capital projects.  In all cases, STERA does not issue RFP’s until funding is in hand for any project.