Skanska to build a rail test track for Washington Metro Area Transit Authority

18 June 2012 (Last Updated June 18th, 2012 18:30)

The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has awarded a $66m contract to Skanska for the construction of a rail test track and commissioning facility in Prince George's County, US.

The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has awarded a $66m contract to Skanska for the construction of a rail test track and commissioning facility in Prince George's County, US.

Under the contract, the Swedish contractor will design and construct a rail test track, commissioning facility, parking garage and other facilities near the existing Greenbelt Maintenance Yard, in Prince George's County, Maryland.

The new facility will be used by WMATA to carry out testing and commission new and rehabilitated rail vehicles.

Under the deal, the company will design and build a 3,000m test track with traction power, automatic train control and a 15m-long mock platform.

The project comprises a commissioning facility that will offer space to work on up to eight cars at a time and will also include an overhead crane, traction power, and embedded and pedestal rail.

The company said that second floor space of the facility, which is being built to be able to receive LEED silver certification, will be used for offices and a conference room.

The project is scheduled to start in July 2012 and is expected to be completed in March 2014.

According to the company, the deal will be included in the order bookings for Skanska USA Civil for the second quarter of 2012.