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All Aboard Florida hires rail contractor

All Aboard Florida took a step forward in its commuter rail system by hiring a contractor that will handle track work for the project's first leg, a move that brings it one step closer to its terminus in Orlando.

For a 66-mile stretch between Miami and West Palm Beach, Archer Western will provide construction-management and general-contracting services that include upgrades, track work, rail signalization and structural construction.

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The Atlanta-based contractor will also work on 185 grade crossings, install quiet zones,where applicable, and build a repair facility in West Palm Beach.

A spokeswoman for All Aboard Florida declined to say what the contractor will be paid. The entire project, which is planned to run from Miami to Orlando and cover 265 miles, is pegged to cost $1.5 billion for construction and be complete in 2017.

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