HDR to Help Manage Austin’s Proposed Public Transit Transformation

Multi-Year Capital Metro Project Connect will Rethink Transportation in Central Texas

The Capital Metro Board of Directors in Austin, Texas, recently approved the selection of HDR to help manage the multi-year implementation of Project Connect, a comprehensive rethinking of transportation and mobility around the capital region. CapMetro’s vision includes short-term enhancements to existing infrastructure, as well as traditional modes of mass transit such as bus rapid transit, light rail and commuter rail on dedicated corridors. With an eye to the future, it will also look at the adoption and integration of emerging technologies, such as autonomous rapid transit.

The region’s fast-growing population — expected to double in the next two decades — prompted the public transportation provider to begin drafting a plan for a new system of reliable and congestion-free services to connect the area and move people, not just cars.

As program manager owner representative, HDR will initially provide program and project management staff to expand the agency’s capacity and expertise as it moves toward implementation of Project Connect. HDR and its principal subs, Systra USA and Rifeline, will be responsible for a wide range of technical areas involving program, financial and project controls; community outreach and engagement; environmental and engineering review; vehicle and technology assessment; and construction management oversight.

“Key project partners credited HDR’s depth, professionalism, flexibility and responsiveness for its selection,” said HDR Global Transit Director Tom Waldron.

“We look forward to working with CapMetro to enhance their system and advance their comprehensive vision for mobility,” said HDR Program Manager Brian Buchanan. “This assignment will demonstrate, once again, why HDR is a trusted advisor for our client agencies embarking on high profile, community-transforming mobility initiatives.”

About HDR’s Transit Experience
Because transit is not one-size-fits-all, we help clients holistically with everything from navigating federal, state, local and private funding avenues, to managing program development, technology “future proofing, environmental assessment and design, to providing construction management for new and established systems through traditional and alternative project delivery approaches. Our wide-ranging portfolio includes managing the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project, the Government Center Station renovation design in Boston, final design of the Durham-Orange Line LRT for GO Triangle, the Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study in Toronto, consulting on every phase of the new Kansas City Modern Streetcar, and LA Union Station’s renaissance, to name but a few. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients with strategic communications and referendum protocols and all aspects of program management.

About HDR
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

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