City officials have interviewed and made an offer to an engineering firm out of Kansas City to study Claremore’s train traffic issue.

When a contract is confirmed, TranSystems, the engineering company responsible for the elevated train tracks in Olathe, Kan., could start working on a solution for both tracks — Burlington Northern Santa Fe as well as Union Pacific.

City Manager Troy Powell, said members of the city administration met with representatives from the engineering company and feel they are well qualified. TranSystems not only worked on the Olathe project but their association with the Kansas City area, a major railway hub, is seen as a major plus.

The TranSystems team has provided a diagram of how track elevation works. When a contract is confirmed the study would take about 90 days.

“That turn around time is great and should put us in a good position as far as moving forward on the project in a timely manner,” Powell said.

The city is also asking them to look at Union Pacific rails and the costs to install quiet zones so trains will not have to blow their horns.

Powell indicated in his weekly report that TranSystems felt that the Claremore project would actually be much easier than the Olathe project due to the large right-of-way already in place.

Claremore’s BNSF track has a 100-foot right of way, it would be possible to build a new track while allowing trains to continue running on the original track until the work is finished.

Contact Clarice Doyle,

e-mail cdoyle@cnhi.com