Quitman/Near Northside split-platform station
Based on our performance on previous Houston METRO projects and on light rail transit (LRT) projects worldwide, Houston METRO chose Parsons for two key roles: managing partner of the design-build joint venture and project oversight. Parsons is responsible for designing and building the expanded light rail system, which includes three new rail lines totaling 15 mi of LRT, 24 stations, and new storage and inspection facilities. We are also responsible for system safety and operational upgrades to the existing 7.5-mi LRT system, acquisition and commissioning of 58 new light rail vehicles, and major renovations to the existing operations center. In addition, we are in charge of safety and quality assurance, and we manage the community outreach and small business participation programs.
During the design phase, Parsons suggested and implemented an alternative alignment using the existing Harrisburg underpass to the East End to avoid a costly public utilities impact, saving the customer the cost of a new LRT bridge.
Noteworthy project features include:
- Largest current design-build transit project in the United States
- Eight light rail bridges (total length of 1 mi) and one underpass
- Roadway and sidewalk improvements along the guideway (62 lane-miles) and 87 signalized at-grade crossings
- 36 mi of public utilities (water/storm/sewer)
- Design and construction of multiple LRT lines simultaneously under one project
- Unique organizational structure for the different facets of the program, providing integrated solutions at every step of design and construction
- Very aggressive schedule
- First transit design-build project led by Parsons