Engineering firms Louis Berger and Egis have entered a new exclusive partnership in order to fulfil various project development and delivery requirements for mass transit, rail and freight owners and operators in North America.

The companies have been collaborating on a number of mass transit and rail projects globally for more than a decade, including the $15.4bn Doha Metro project in Qatar, which is slated to be completed in 2026.

Louis Berger US transportation president Nick Ivanoff said: “An estimated $200bn in investment is needed to meet US rail demand through 2035, and the Louis Berger-Egis joint venture allows us to apply our world-class expertise in modern transit systems here in the US to support our clients in delivering safer, more efficient rail travel.”

The Louis Berger-Egis joint venture will provide the latest technology systems, leveraging on its experience in the US and abroad through design-bid-build, design-build, P3 (public private partnerships) and turnkey delivery.

"The partnership unites Egis’ expertise in guided urban transportation and rail systems with Louis Berger’s global experience leading civil and structural engineering design for rail systems."

Egis Rail North America director Gilduin Blanchard said: “The partnership unites Egis' expertise in guided urban transportation and rail systems, automation, rolling stock, safety and equipment with Louis Berger's global experience leading civil and structural engineering design and program and construction management for rail systems around the world.”

Egis' Gilduin Blanchard is set to lead the joint venture with support from Egis International projects senior vice-president Gilles Autuori, Louis Berger senior vice-president Connie Crawford and US transportation senior vice-president Sofia Berger.

Louis Berger has been providing rail and transit consultant services for more than 50 years across the US, including the development of the prototype stations for the Washington, D.C. Metro completed in the 1970s, as well as planning, engineering and financial services for Northeast Corridor Maglev demonstration project.