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Lawmakers visit Atlantic Track plant, Amtrak station

Atlantic Track Regional VP Dave Francis (left) meets with Greg Bales (right), U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's community outreach coordinator.
Photo – NRC


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's (D-Ill.) staff last week toured Atlantic Track & Turnout Co.'s facility in Richmond, Ill.

During the tour, Atlantic Track Regional Vice President Dave Francis and Plant Manager George Perelli gave an overview of the company and its current operations.

A member of the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), the company builds special trackwork and distributes rail products including joint bars, tie plates, ties and switch timbers.

Durbin's Community Outreach Coordinator Greg Bales participated in the tour, NRC officials said in a press release.

Atlantic Track's plant in Richmond was built in 1982 and expanded in 2010. It is certified under the Association of American Railroads' M-1003 Quality Assurance program, as well as the ISO 9001 quality management system.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) last week toured the construction site of a new Amtrak station in Rochester, N.Y.

Construction began on the Rochester Intermodal Station in October 2014. Expected to be completed in summer, the new station will help reduce regional delays by expanding track service, according to a press release issued by Slaughter's office.

The station also will be larger and feature a new and redesigned concourse. The station, concourse, platform and passenger information display systems will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Slaughter's release said.

The Pike Co. Inc. is leading a team on the station's design and construction.

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