The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), Houston, Tex., has awarded a multi-phase DBOM (design-build-operate-maintain) contract worth $1.46 billion to Parsons for a significant expansion of its light rail system.
METRO’s LRT expansion, when all phases are completed, will encompass four new corridors totaling approximately 20 miles, 32 stations, storage and inspection facilities, a major renovation of the existing operations center, and 103 light rail vehicles. The LRVs, the first 100% low-floor vehicles to be purchased for the U.S. market, will be manufactured by Houston LRV 100 LLC, a joint venture of CAF USA, Inc. and Parsons. The project’s design-build portion will be completed by Houston Rapid Transit (HRT), a Parsons-led joint venture including Granite Construction Co., Kiewit Texas Construction L.P., and Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
The project’s initial phase is estimated to cost $632 million and includes utility work, 6.4 miles of light rail, a light rail overpass, a service and inspection facility, and purchase of 29 LRVs. A significant portion of the initial design-build work is expected to be subcontracted to local small and disadvantaged business enterprises. “Approximately 25,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the initial phase,” said Parsons Group President Jim Shappell. “An extensive construction skills training program will be offered to assist local residents in qualifying for these jobs.”
Following completion of construction, Parsons will operate and maintain the entire expansion for an additional five years.
“We are pleased and excited to be working with METRO and our partners on this important project, which will serve as an efficient, dependable, and safe mode of transportation for the entire Houston community,” said Shappell. “Our expertise in the area of urban transit is an excellent example of the fully integrated portfolio of services that we are able to deliver to our customers.”
For more information about METRO’s LRT expansion project, visit the METRO Solutions website.