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HDR Helps Orange County Transportation Authority Secure FTA Grant

OC Modern Streetcar Receives First New Starts Full Funding Grant Agreement

The Orange County Transportation Authority has received a $149 million Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration for the OC Streetcar Project in Orange County, California. This is the first modern streetcar to receive a New Starts FFGA and the largest ever New Starts commitment to a streetcar project.

HDR is the project management consultant for this 4.1-mile streetcar line connecting passengers with major activity centers and multimodal transportation services in the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Residents and visitors are expected to be able to use the new streetcar starting in late 2021.

As the project management consultant, HDR’s services include reviewing all designs for guideway, stations, systems and utilities for the fleet of eight modern, low-floor streetcars expected to carry an estimated 7,300 riders per day. The team is also providing environmental documentation, risk assessment, funding analysis and cost estimating. The HDR team led the fast-tracked development of supporting material for a New Starts grant from the Federal Transit Administration, developing the project’s FTA New Starts evaluation and ratings templates and submitting them in fewer than three months. 

“The result that OCTA has achieved relative to the award of this largest ever New Starts commitment for a modern streetcar is another testament to HDR’s leadership and expertise in the federal funding arena, and demonstrates, once again, why clients across North America value HDR as their trusted advisor and partner,”  said Tom Waldron, HDR’s global transit director. 

“HDR’s work to help OCTA refine the scope, schedule and budget during project development were key to submitting a competitive project as demonstrated by the medium-high rating in the New Starts process,” adds Mark McLaren, HDR’s program manager on the project. 

About HDR’s Transit Experience
Because transit is not one-size-fits-all, we help clients with everything from navigating the FAST Act and other funding alternatives, to managing program development and design, to providing construction management for new and established systems. Our wide-ranging portfolio includes managing the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project, the Government Center Station renovation design in Boston, the Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study in Toronto and consulting on every phase of the new Kansas City Modern Streetcar. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients with strategic public engagement and program/project controls.

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.