Canadian Manufacturing

Edmonton latest Canadian city to install recycled LRT rail ties

Composite ties will be used at crossings where light rail transit tracks intersect roads

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J.—A New Jersey green tech firm says the City of Edmonton will soon install recyled plastic railway ties across its light rail transit (LRT) system.

AXION International Holdings, based in New Providence, N.J., says it has received a purchase order from the city for an undisclosed number of the company’s 100 per cent recylced plastic ECOTRAX rail ties.

The composite ties will be used at crossings where the LRT tracks intersect with roads.

According to AXION, Edmonton becomes the third major Canadian city to install its ECOTRAX product.

The composite rail ties will not rot or absorb moisture, the company says, and they are impervious to insect infestation.

They are also safe from salt and freeze-thaw damage that typically plagues traditional wooden rail ties.

AXION says the purchase order from Edmonton will divert more than 150,000 pounds of plastic from the landfill stream.

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