US-based transit authority Trinity Metro has contracted AECOM for the TEXRail extension project in Texas.
As agreed, AECOM will be responsible for the environmental assessment and preliminary engineering for the project, which aims to extend the commuter rail line by another 2.1 miles.
AECOM president Lara Poloni said: “We’re thrilled to continue supporting Trinity Metro and the city in its efforts to make public transportation more accessible.
“AECOM looks forward to leveraging its global transportation expertise on this project and remains committed to advancing key infrastructure during this economic recovery.”
The TEXRail commuter rail line commenced operations in January 2019. The 27-mile line runs from downtown Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.
The extension will stretch the line further south from downtown Fort Worth, Texas, connecting the Fort Worth T&P Station to the future TEXRail station in the Fort Worth Medical District.
Once complete, the extension is estimated to serve more than 40,000 people employed in the fast-growing Medical District as well as surrounding Near Southside neighbourhood.
AECOM vice-president and Dallas executive Dev Rastogi said: “Trinity Metro’s commuter rail line already has nine stations in Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and this expansion is intended to improve transit equity by providing access to healthcare services for local residents who may not have a vehicle and will ease the commute for healthcare workers travelling in and out of the district.”
AECOM recently secured a contract from Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) to provide detailed planning and design consultancy services for the Tuen Mun South Extension.