Virgin Trains’ Orlando to South Florida rail project is proceeding on schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re proceeding and proceeding on schedule,” Michael Cegelis, Virgin Trains executive vice-president Rail Infrastructure, was quoted as saying by FOX-35 Orlando. “We’ve been able to absorb the impact so far, with the impacts being change in work procedures, change in cleaning procedures, sanitation, change in social distancing.”
“Our linear type of construction, building a 168-mile railroad, means that by nature, the workforce is more spread out than they would be, in building a building,” said Cegelis.
In fact, the pandemic has helped the railroad company find labour, he said. “Because of the shutdown of other construction projects in the region, more work crews have been available, so we’re seeing our contractors be able to relocate crews from projects that have stopped, onto our project.”
The 168-mile railroad is about 30 percent complete, with 750 workers on the job. It is scheduled to be completed by December 2022.