Rail And Transit

Transforming Rail And Transit

We keep the world moving. Whether it’s the movement of goods or people, rail and transit systems connect communities and support the rapid development of our world. And now, as global leaders take action against climate change, fully optimizing our rail and transit systems is more important than ever.

By combining our industry expertise with innovative technologies, we help rail and transit agencies meet the challenges of modernization and environmental initiatives, while ensuring efficient, safe, and sustainable project delivery and operations.

All Aboard The Fast Track To Success

With more than 60 years of experience working in the passenger rail and freight industries, our team understands the challenges and needs of transforming modern transportation systems. Partnering with more than 400 transit clients, we have worked on large, complex brownfield expansion and greenfield projects around the world. Our sustainable solutions reduce emissions, create greater mobility with increased energy efficiency, and provide long-term economic and social benefits.

  • System and Network Planning
  • Design of Systems and Facilities
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Safety and Security
  • Sustainability
  • Asset Management
  • Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
  • Construction Management at Risk (CMAR)
  • Design for Electrification
  • Planning and Design of Control Systems and Centers
  • Design and Implementation of Conventional Signaling, Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) and Positive Train Control
    • Facility Power Systems
    • Communications
    • SCADA Systems
    • Vehicle Engineering
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Our team delivered project oversight and design-build services for the Houston Metro Light Rail Expansion project.

We provide turnkey solutions including design-furnish-integrate and construction phase services.

Communications-Based Train Control

Our team is supporting the implementation of the BART CBTC system, the largest system in North America

We’re leaders in communications-based train control (CBTC), employing a systems-integration approach that leverages advanced CBTC and Railway Traffic Management System (RTMS) technology. We provide solutions for:

  • Automated People Movers
  • Light Rail Transit Systems
  • Metro Systems
  • Mainline
  • Freight Railroads

Bus Rapid Transit

Our innovative solutions have paved the way for a proven track record of quality and experience in bus rapid transit (BRT) and multimodal corridor planning. From initial conceptual design, feasibility studies, environmental assessments, and alternatives analysis to final design, construction support, and construction/project management, we will work with you to meet your goals to improve mobility.

  • Corridor/Operations Planning
  • Station Area Planning/Design
  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Conceptual Design
  • Preliminary Engineering
  • Final Design
  • Transit-Oriented Development
  • FTA News/Small Starts Funding
  • Stakeholder Coordination/Public Outreach
  • Construction Management/Support

Zero-Emission Bus

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) initiative for 2040 represents a new frontier in transportation and sustainability. We recognize that there is no “one size fits all” solution, so we have combined our transit agency expertise, a full suite of tailored solutions, and key specialty partners to help transit agencies make the ZEB transition.

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Our knowledge spans:

  • Electrification Planning and Deployment
  • Utility Demand Management
  • Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Procurement Processes
  • Feasibility Design
  • EV Charging Infrastructure Planning and Deployment
  • Advanced Power Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Fleet Electrification Data Collection and Analysis

For decades we’ve worked alongside transit agencies to change the way people move.

Strategy – Planning For Progress

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Deploying ZEB is not a simple one-to-one swap. It’s a complex transition that requires an innovative vision for planning and executing your projects.

With our deep understanding of the transit world, we can help agencies successfully navigate and coordinate across a broad range of technical and regulatory requirements. This includes and is not limited to addressing on route and in-house infrastructure needs.


Facilities – Servicing The Solution

Facility conversion is a critical part of any ZEB transition and comes with many opportunities for innovation in new and existing facilities. But where to start?

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We help our clients with a variety of assessments ranging from energy efficiency and homeland security, to operations, maintenance, and more.

Beyond assessing facility needs, we introduce new fuel-source capabilities and support the technical and operational adoption of charging infrastructure or hydrogen storage/fueling.

Our holistic approach ensures facility design meets both environmental and operational requirements to drive success.


Power – Leading The Charge

ZEB implementation is fueled by power management and charging strategies. We evaluate bus and route designs and conduct an energy modeling analysis to confirm we are implementing the proper charging strategies that meet the unique needs of transit facilities.

To ensure reliable charging without impacting operations, cost and external power supply should be addressed early, in partnership with local utility companies. Our team will facilitate this collaboration to ensure the best price and proper equipment is provided.


Operations – Smoothing The Ride

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ZEB is a major shift in technology for most operators. How they drive can impact vehicle range and operational effectiveness. Bus range, route planning, and operator feedback and development must also be considered.

Our extensive background in project management and operational planning equips us with the knowledge and tools to avoid bumps along the way. Our plan includes development of operator and maintenance staff training plans and we provide solutions for reliable service dispatch and operations.


Funding – Investing In The Future

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The financial landscape of transportation is complex to say the least. Many factors affect the cost of installation and ownership. Long-term economic and investment planning is essential. Our experts provide a smart business approach with tailored strategies to optimize operational costs.

Utility charges will be among the largest of these costs, so collaboration on utilities incentives and rate structure is crucial.

We bring extensive experience working with local utilities and equipment suppliers to ensure the best possible agreement is negotiated.


Community – Developing Connections

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Developing and proactively adapting a long-term plan is vital to building and maintaining a trusting relationship with customers and the community.

We compliment the environmental benefits with a clear understanding of social equity, ensuring that access and coverage remain top priorities. We have assembled specialists in the areas of social impact, route planning, and urban planning to ensure we are evaluating each region’s data and user experience in a meaningful way.

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