Under general direction from the Manager, Right of Way, the Right of Way Officer is responsible for the operation of maintenance and construction oversight of the District railroad right-of-way (ROW), including track repair and structure maintenance, repair or construction for the Coaster commuter rail and the Oceanside – Escondido Rail mode, by contractor and/or District personnel. This position also helps monitor to ensure compliance with the specifications and regulations of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), other governing agencies, and NCTD's contracts. This position will also help review planned capital improvements and future SANDAG projects to ensure NCTD's ability to provide on-time, cost effective service.
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Monitors and evaluates external contractors relative to right of way maintenance and construction using periodic inspections of all tracks and structures in the territory.
- Investigates complaints regarding unsafe or hazardous conditions, or unsafe track conditions to proper personnel.
- Administers MOW contractor agreements; organizes and operates maintenance safety program; prepares and monitors operating and capital budget for the MOW function.
- Plans, with track specialists for MOW, tasks such as surfacing, rail replacement, rail flaw detection, spot ballast program, vegetation control program, tie replacement program, and rail grinding program.
- Uses inspection findings and other information as basis for development of capital maintenance and capital improvement recommendations for ROW, and programs in annual CIP.
- Investigates independently, or as part of a team, reportable collisions, derailments, and other accidents includes highway crossing warning equipment when the accident involves rail and vehicle collision.
- Coordinate operation of ultra-sonic testing equipment and track geometry test car and uses the information produced to detect defects, locate and evaluate deviations in cross-level, gage and profile of track. Perform on-ground inspections where defects are indicated to determine the seriousness of the problems and the best means of correction.
- Manage corrective actions through to completion using IndustrySafe Database.
- Assists in the development of procedures and maintenance plans to ensure safe practices and consistency with industry standards.
- Assists in the development of work plans and checklists.
- Prepares audit processes and findings report. Manages and configures ongoing audit processes to reflect evolving best practices and regulator trends.
- Prepares required reports to agencies such as CPUC and Federal Railroad Administration.
- Prepares for and participates in FRA, CPUC, FTA, and NCTD audits.
- Conducts contract management oversight and prepare monthly reports for NCTD staff.
- Review work order and management information systems.
- Document and communicate regular status updates relative to right of way maintenance, including any deficiencies, , or as otherwise indicated based on circumstances. Coordinates and shares documentation with Safety and/or Compliance staff as indicated.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local, rail/transit industry regulations, rules, standards and accepted best practices to assure ongoing NCTD awareness and familiarity with all regulatory issues.
- Responds to emergency system failures, service disruptions, incidents, and accidents involving District operations and/or assets. Coordinates with MTS, SCRRA, Amtrak, BNSF, and local law enforcement, regulatory agencies, and emergency responders.
- Review and provide comment on right of way construction design plans.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.