GWPeoples Contracting Company, Inc. | 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 400 Arlington, VA 222021-866-GWP-RAIL



  • By continuing to make safety our highest priority
  • By thoroughly valuating, understanding and satisfying each customer’s unique construction requirements
  • By efficiently utilizing and managing human assets, technical faculties and capital resources
  • By committing to the recruitment, employment and promotion of qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or gender to ensure a diverse, representational workforce
  • By fostering employee professional growth, creative processes, productivity and quality of life

Do Well by Doing Good…


The 1st African-American Owned Railroad Construction Company In the U.S.

by Phyllis Cunningham

Valor and integrity are words that come to mind when you meet Melvin E. Clark, Jr. Esq., founding owner of the Metroplex Corporation. A gifted leader, Mr. Clark is currently the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and owner of G.W. Peoples Contracting Company, Inc. a DBE/MBE/SBE certified contractor specializing in top quality construction, repair and maintenance of railroad tracks and related facilities, as well as construction and maintenance of railroad right-of-way and rail transit infrastructure.

Amidst a career spanning over three decades, Clark has earned a reputation as an unflinching trailblazer and a staunch advocate for minority and disadvantaged businesses. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Penn State University, a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University’s Kellor Graduate School of Management.



CTA Red Line Renewal Crew



GWP Dallas Work Video

Timelapse Video of GWP’s Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Track Construction through the Central Business District (CBD)


GWP Featured Projects

Chicago Loop Renewal

CTA Red Line phot 1
The $33.8 million project replaced more than two miles of elevated rail and track components…

Dan Ryan Red Line Rehab

“GWP worked with Kiewit Infrastructure on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Dan Ryan Red Line, one of the busiest transit routes in the country, to completely rebuild the tracks from Cermak/Chinatown ….

Atlanta Street Car

GWP constructed the center city Downtown Loop of MARTA Atlanta’s Streetcar System…

Hampton Roads LRT in Norfolk

7.5 miles of double-track new right-of-way construction for the Norfolk light rail transit system…


“As a program manager for Potomac Construction, I have worked closely with G.W. Peoples and WMATA on the track rehabiliation projects since February, 2011 and have received nothing but positive comments…”

– Ernest V. Hamilton
– Program Manager
– Potomac Construction Co. Inc.

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GWP In The News

CEO Clark’s recommendations to the 21st Century Council

We have identified an inequity in the application of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goals on publically-funded transit projects. Large prime contractors, including railroad construction contractors, exhibit an entrenched reluctance to use non-traditional disciplines to fulfill DBE participation goals.

GWP CEO Addresses The Transportation Development Council
And CBC Tunica Conference

melvin_PHOTOMy name is Melvin E. Clark, Jr., and currently I am Chairman, CEO and Owner of G. W. Peoples Contracting Co., Inc. We are the only African-American owned firm in the country that builds railroads. This fact simply underscores the problems encountered and the progress…

G. W. Peoples Contracting Co., Inc., is a national minority-owned company, certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), that specializes in heavy and light railroad and transit construction related activities, including track installation, rehabilitation, maintenance, repair and removal, as well as contract rail welding. Our firm’s technical expertise extends across the entire scope of the rail transport industry, from light rail transit to commuter rail to heavy haul to high speed service. Our management team has over 300 years of combined experience in the railroad and construction fields, in addition to having strong backgrounds in business, law, project management, operations, government affairs, finance and administration.
G. W. Peoples has teamed successfully on large design/build projects across the nation, from New York to California, and from Illinois to Florida, and has the resources to undertake several ventures simultaneously.
G. W. Peoples’ customers include government and quasi-governmental agencies, as well as private industry shippers and freight carriers. We are aggressively pursuing yard, facilities and other heavy construction opportunities. However, the majority of our business is in the specialty area in which we excel: Construction and Rehabilitation of Railroads and Rapid Transit Lines. Importantly, we have a track record of bringing jobs in on-time and under budget!
G. W. Peoples’ headquarters is strategically located near downtown Washington, DC, where we can easily stay abreast of federal, state and local government transportation policies and plans, as well as monitor the changing regulatory environment. Regional offices locations include Carnegie, PA and Chicago, IL. These are particularly noteworthy given the current high-profile focus on national infrastructure revitalization necessary to improve safety, reduce dependence on foreign fuel and provide jobs.
G. W. Peoples looks to the future with a commitment to staying ahead of the curve on industry technology, continuing education, ongoing training, safety innovations, diversity recruitment, and government programming trends.
We hope that future holds the opportunity to work with you!


  • 2016 Calendar is Now Available!
  • Mon Incline Pittsburgh
  • Heavy and Light Rail New Track Construction
  • Heavy and Light Rail Rehabilitation
  • Installation Of New Track
  • Specialty Track Work, Including Direct Fixation and Embedded Track
  • Tie Removal and Replacement
  • Installation of Continuous Welded Rail
  • Grade Crossing Rehabilitation
  • Site Development, Including Clearing, Grubbing, Excavation and Paving
  • Mainline Active Track and Sidings
  • Thermite Welding
  • Reconditioning of Frog & Switch Points