“A project of this complexity and magnitude requires a team with local knowledge and roots. As a trusted partner to METRO, we’re thrilled to provide our depth of experience and diversity of resources to the METRORapid University Line,” said Travis Boone, Chief Executive of AECOM’s U.S. West region.
The METRORapid BRT system combines elements of light rail and bus to deliver efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly service with dedicated traffic lanes, stations, and platforms. The planned 25-mile University Corridor is the largest in METRO’s BRT expansion, running from the Westchase Park and Ride to the Tidwell Transit Center and connecting with existing and proposed METRO services along the route. Once complete, the METRORapid University Line will be the longest contiguous BRT system in the U.S.
“Having supported BRT planning, design, and implementation in cities across North America, we’re excited to deliver our broad technical and project management expertise, understanding of the local environment, and latest in emerging transit technologies in support of METRO’s vision to build a seamless, equitable, sustainable, and efficient University Corridor BRT system that enhances the communities it connects,” said Jennifer Aument, Chief Executive of AECOM’s global Transportation business.
AECOM will be responsible for preparation of the preliminary design documents and management of the overall GEC project delivery — from final design through construction and commissioning. In addition, it will provide subject matter expertise related to the implementation of BRT projects, mentorship to small and disadvantaged business enterprises as well as university students, and public involvement support.