September 01, 2022

    Road Trip Reveal - FRP Rail Platforms Hold Up Under Scrutiny

    In my first blog of this Inspection Log series, I talked about being able to see first-hand, how our Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bridge decks were holding up. As part of my trip along the East Coast, I also visited the sites...

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    Topics: Rail Platforms, FRP Composites, FRP Rail Platforms

    February 05, 2021

    It’s All In The Details – Chelsea Rail Station Part 2

    Last week we took you back to Chelsea, a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, that sits directly across from Boston’s Mystic River. In 2019, we installed a fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) three level-switchback bridge at...

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    Topics: Rail Platforms, FRP Rail Platforms, FRP

    January 28, 2021

    Boston Firsts

    In December 16, 1773, American colonists staged the Boston Tea Party at Griffin’s Wharf in what most call today the city of Liberty or Bean town. The group dumped 342 chests of imported tea into the harbor to protest against...

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    Topics: Rail Platforms, FRP Rail Platforms, FRP

    January 20, 2021

    Reviving Historical SEPTA Rail Station Platform With FRP

    The Reading Railroad opened Wayne Junction in the 1800s. Today it is a multi-modal transfer point for six Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) regional rail lines. The junction is also the hub for...

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    Topics: Rail Platforms, FRP Rail Platforms, FRP

    December 02, 2020

    Cleveland Boards The FRP Train

    The Northeast Corridor (NEC)—which runs from Boston to Washington DC—has the highest population density in the U.S. More than 2,200 trains carry approximately 750,000 riders per day, making the corridor the nation’s busiest...

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    Topics: FRP Rail Platforms, mass transit

    September 12, 2019

    The Right Rail Platform:  FRP Double Tee Rail Platform Webinar Q&A

    Last week, CA presented a webinar on the design details of our FRP Double Tee panels for rail and transit platforms.  These lightweight, prefabricated panels have found a good fit in platform rehabilitation and new...

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    Topics: FRP Rail Platforms

    August 14, 2019

    The Advantages of Tee Rail Platforms

    At Composite Advantage, our vision is for Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials to have the same acceptance for construction as the traditional materials of steel, concrete and wood. We believe that quality should never be...

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    Topics: Rail Platforms, rail, FRP Rail Platforms, FRP, Tee Stiffened Panels, double tee

    August 07, 2019

    FRP Panels and Functional Rail Platforms

    Rail platforms play several important functions in the transportation industry. They must safely withstand high volumes of foot traffic, as well as other loads. They also need to be spacious enough to comfortably accommodate the...

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    Topics: FiberSPAN, Rail Platforms, FRP Rail Platforms, Fiber-Reinforced Polymer, FRP, Weight, Corrosion and Maintenance, Slab Decking, Tee Stiffened Panels, Custom Panels

    April 24, 2019

    Switchback Ramps and FRP

    Handicap accessible features in buildings are becoming more commonplace as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continues to broaden standards to ensure that disabled persons are granted access to a wider range of...

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    Topics: FRP Rail Platforms, switchback ramp

    July 25, 2018

    A Rail Platform Case Study: How FRP Worked for the Chicago METRA Rail

    Railway infrastructure projects in the past were limited to just a few materials—such as wood, steel, and concrete—to create platforms for pedestrians and commuters. But over time, these materials no longer met the increasing...

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    Topics: Rail Platforms, FRP Rail Platforms, FRP

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