05-11-2022

Raising The Bar For Sustainable Transit

Our Parsons-Systra Joint Venture (PSJV) team is proud to have been presented the “Sustainable Transport Best Consultant” award for the Dubai Metro Route 2020 extension project by the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).

Launched in 2008, the Dubai Awards for Sustainable Transport highlight the special efforts made by both public and private sectors to implement sustainable mobility solutions that reduce congestion, conserve the environment, and improve mobility safety.

During the award ceremony, Suad Mousa Khawaja, MEA Sr. Vice President, accepted the award from His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum on behalf of our team. The prestigious award recognizes PSJV services and support in achieving a world’s first, the attainment of a LEED v4 for BD+C Gold Certification for all seven metro stations, the most achieved for one transit project. The LEED is the international sustainability rating system and recognizes practices carried out to implement resilient and energy-efficient infrastructures. This certification raises the bar for sustainability in metro rail and mass transportation systems and we are proud to be a part of this achievement.

The PSJV’s project management and consultancy services included:

  • Feasibility Studies / Concept Design
  • Preliminary Engineering
  • Tender Preparation & Evaluation
  • Program Management
  • Design Review
  • Construction Supervision
  • Oversight during Defects/Liability
  • Project Closeout

Through these services and by designating sustainability subject matter experts for every phase of the project, PSJV oversaw the reduction of construction carbon emissions and energy consumption by 16%, reduced construction water consumption by 10%, and diverted 95% of construction and demolition waste from the landfill to recycling centers.

The Route 2020 Project marks the first major modification and expansion to the Dubai Metro. The 15km-long extension consists of 11.8km of elevated guideways (viaduct) and 3.2km of tunnel and provides a safe, efficient, integrated, rail transportation solution to connect existing communities to the new line. The expansion also encourages further development, offering fast and efficient public transport to all as an alternative to driving.

In addition to making public transportation a viable alternative for more than 270,000 residents, the project was also identified by the US Green Building Council as the first and largest sustainable transit project worldwide and a showcase of leadership in transforming the building and transportation infrastructure industry in the United Arab Emirates and the broader Middle East region.

We are honored to receive this award, as it’s a reflection of our commitment to deliver innovative infrastructure and solutions that enable a sustainable, safer, smarter, and connected world.

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