Monday, July 27, 2009

Houston METRO awards Veolia operations contract

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Veolia Transportation said Monday it has been awarded an operations and maintenance contract by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) for Houston’s light rail transit expansion project. The work will take place through a joint venture company, Houston Operation and Maintenance, LLC (HOM), an entity owned by Veolia Transportation and Parsons.

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HOM will initially be responsible for planning and development services and advising in the planning, design, and integration of the rail lines, systems, and maintenance facilities and the light rail vehicles for the project.

Once revenue service begins, Veolia Transportation will be responsible for all aspects of the LRT network for an initial period of five years, which can be extended up to 35 years. Responsibilities include maintaining four new routes totaling approximately 20 miles of light rail, 32 stations, storage and inspection facilities, right-of-way and systems maintenance, dispatching, and operation and maintenance of 103 LRT vehicles.

“We applaud Houston METRO on its visionary approach to this project which provides for the operator to be involved from the inception of planning,” said Mark L. Joseph, CEO of Veolia Transportation’s North American entity. “This is a signature project for the United States which we expect to be a model for other cities and we are thrilled to be playing a central role. Projects like this offer major benefits to cities in the enhancement of the urban environment, mobility, and quality of life.”

Houston Rapid Transit, a Parsons joint venture including Granite Construction Co., Kiewit Texas Construction LP, and Stacy and Witbeck Inc. will oversee the design-build portion of the project.