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All Aboard Florida picks Archer Western for rail work at Orlando airport


All Aboard Florida (AAF) selected Archer Western Contractors Ltd. as the construction  manager for the rail infrastructure work at the Orlando International Airport, AAF officials announced today.

Working with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), Archer Western will build rail, road and related structures for AAF's passenger trains, which are slated to begin Miami-to-Orlando service in late 2017, railroad officials said in a press release.

AAF expects the work to create 75 direct jobs.

"Archer Western has a strong record of performance and is well known for its commitment to excellence and safety," said Mike Reininger, AAF’s president . "The company’s expertise and qualifications will be invaluable to us as we partner with GOAA to bring passenger-rail service to Orlando."

In May, AAF awarded Archer Western a contract to perform infrastructure improvements along the 66-mile Henry Flagler corridor, where passenger trains will run. Those upgrades included safety improvements, trackwork and rail signalization.

This most recent contract consolidates the work that Archer Western has underway along AAF's southern corridor from Miami to West Palm Beach, Fla., AAF officials said.

Expected to achieve a maximum speed of 125 mph, AAF's trains will connect Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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