A team including Halcrow, has won a contract from Metro, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency, to advise on the selection and initial implementation of projects that could include some of the first privately financed rail transit lines in the US.
The team, led by Los Angeles based InfraConsult will assess highway and transit projects in Metro’s long-range plan to determine to see which can be accelerated or delivered more cost-effectively using public-private partnerships (PPPs). Projects under consideration include the more than 50 projects in the Metro’s long-range plan.
Halcrow work on the advisory team to take the projects from iinitial screening through due diligence and detailed technical risk assessment. This would cover constructability and systems integration, cost and schedule. For the economic analysis, Halcrow brings critical strength in forecasting ridership. The three-year contract concludes with initial procurement work, and development of technical specifications, contract terms and work scope for projects chosen to proceed.
“We have great respect for the pioneering nature of this work: for the agency, for California and the US public transit sector,” said Halcrow project manager Marcus Rooney. “We are excited to bring Halcrow’s considerable PPP experience and talent to this important assignment.”
“Halcrow is a key member of our team for this important program,” said Infraconsult managing partner and overall project director Michael Schneider. “We look forward to working closely with Halcrow’s international staff and highly knowledgeable consultants in a variety of fields germane to the Metro Public-Private Partnerships Advisory Contract.”
Since 1984, Halcrow has provided technical services on nearly 400 PPP assignments worldwide, and has served recently as technical adviser on major public-private rail transit projects in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Vietnam and the Philippines. In the US, the Metro contract builds on Halcrow’s experience as adviser for innovative delivery methods to the Texas and Virginia departments of transportation and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.