Monday, December 28, 2009

Edmonton awards AECOM an LRT contract

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AECOM Technology Corp. has been awarded a US$20 million contract by Edmonton, Alberta, to provide program management services for the city’s light rail transit extension from downtown Edmonton to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. The project’s total construction value is approximately US$708 million.

AECOM will provide program management and design services for Phase 1 of the two-mile extension that will branch off the existing underground LRT segment, with approximately 2,300 feet of tunnel section and the remaining 1.5 miles on the surface. Three new LRT stations will be built at major health care and educational institution destination points.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work on this important infrastructure project,” said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to support the city’s efforts to improve accessibility for its citizens and visitors.”

Edmonton was the first North American city to launch a “new” light rail transit line in 1978, roughly three years before new LRT launches by provincial sister Calgary and by San Diego.