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News - March 2016

County of Chenango Industrial Development Agency
Announces Start of Rail Revitalization
Norwich, NY - The Rail Revitalization Project begun by the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) in 2011 will mark a major milestone on Wednesday, March 23rd, when Frontier Railroad Services, LLC of New Stanton, Pennsylvania begins removing brush and other obstacles along the 45.5 miles of the New York Susquehanna and Western (NYS&W) rail right-of-way in Chenango County. >>READ MORE....

News - September 2015

Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad
From a Catastrophe to New in 19 Days
Stone Consulting, Inc. came to the rescue of the Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad on September 9, 2015 after a semi-truck collided with a railroad bridge over Route 558, near New Waterford, Ohio.

The truck, carrying an oversized load of steel tubing, ripped the bridge from its abutments and brought it smashing to the ground. The photos (above left) is of the state of the bridge shortly after the collision. The 13 feet of clearance was just not quite enough.

This link provides additional information and photographs about the accident.

Youngstown and Southeastern Railroad immediately called Stone Consulting and asked for assistance in repairing the bridge. Stone went immediately to the site to inspect the damage. The next day Stone began working on a solution.

That solution was…A NEW BRIDGE. Stone designed a new 35’ long deck girder bridge with shallower beams allowing for more clearance under the bridge. The two original, nearly 4’ high girders, where replaced with 6 new 32” high girders. Gaining almost 16” of vertical clearance under the bridge.

The plans were finalized, the steel was purchase, and a new bridge was constructed at an offset location. Then 19 days later, on September 28, 2015, the new bridge was lifted into positon, the track was reconnected, and the Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad was back in business.

Stone Consulting provided a quality and cost effective solution to this catastrophic event and with its quick action, vast knowledge, and experienced staff it allowed the Youngstown & Southeastern to get back in business fast.

News - December 2015

Stone Consulting was retained by the County of Ulster New York to perform a corridor analysis for the highest and best use of the former Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor west of Kingston, NY to the Delaware County line.

Stone Consulting was given 45 days and asked to conduct an analysis of the entire 38.6 mile corridor for the best use of either rail or trail purposes. The analysis included site visits, meetings, review of the existing studies, feasibility analysis, economic impact analysis, health and quality of life impact analysis, and final report recommending the corridors highest and best use.

This link provides more information on the evolution of the project, its struggles and triumphs. In addition it contains a copy of the final report and the resolution that the County unanimously pasted in favor of our recommendations.

News - August 2014

Mainline Revitalization

Stone Consulting & Design, PC a division of Stone Consulting, Inc. was hired to Engineer, Bid and provide Construction Management Services for the Repair and Revitalization of the Utica Mainline Rail Project in Chenango County, New York.

Follow link for more information.

News - May 2012

Community Design Awards Honor Tampa Streetcar Extension

The judges for the Planning Commission's 30th Annual Community Design Awards program selected a wide range of fantastic planning projects in many categories presented at an Awards Dinner on May 10th at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. They also considered how excellence in planning can impact economic development and can actually build a better, more sustainable community when they called out special projects to receive Judges' Choice Awards.

The first Judges' Choice was an Award of Merit going to the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Kimmins Contracting, and Tampa Historic Streetcar for the TECO Line Streetcar Extension Phase Two A.

Completed on-time and under-budget, this project expanded streetcar service into the core of the downtown business district. It provides a vibrant connection between the cultural, residential and business destinations in Downtown Tampa, the Channel District, and Historic Ybor City. The new station includes a "Lights on Tampa" public art display, complements its surroundings, and is sensitive to traffic flow.

Most importantly, more than $1.2 billion in private investment has been made along the original streetcar line that now serves visitors, residents and workers alike with this extension. The judges loved this transit link for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as its proximity to major parking facilities and applauded HART and the City of Tampa for its perseverance and recognition of the significance of mass transit investments to enhance economic growth and development. This is evidenced by the new $30 million facility for the University of South Florida Center for Medical Learning Simulation (CAMLS) as the type of new investment that just opened accompanying this extension.

All aboard the TECO Line Streetcar Extension for this great investment in our community!

Stone Consulting provided the Design/Build team’s design for the Tampa Streetcar Extension

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