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Arcadis, Mott MacDonald team up for LA light rail project

by Sion Geschwindt

A Arcadis and Mott MacDonald joint venture (JV) has been selected to provide construction management support services for a new light rail project in Los Angeles.

The JV will provide administration, inspection services, estimating, and construction management support to LA Metro, which broke ground on the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit project in early December.

The project aims to greatly improve mobility options primarily along Van Nuys Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley, one of the area’s busiest corridors. 

The light rail project’s primary objectives include providing a faster commute and better connectivity for all Metro and Metrolink riders, including those with disabilities. The link also aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region and provide additional capacity in the lead up to the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Macaria Flores, Los Angeles City Executive for Arcadis, said: “Thirty-five percent of residents who live in the project area are transit-dependent, more than double the rest of LA County.

“Nearly 20 percent of residents don’t own a car. The construction of this light rail will be transformative for the community and deliver much needed multi-modal transit options.”

Ernie Figueroa, West Unit General Manager for Mott MacDonald, said: “The East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project will be the first rail line built in the valley since 2000.

“We are proud to be part of the construction management team that will bring new, sustainable, and reliable mobility to a rapidly growing area of Los Angeles.”

The 6.7-mile light rail line will be constructed using innovative and sustainable solutions. The line will include 11 stations, extensive utility relocation, street improvements, systems testing and commissioning, a first mile and last mile parallel bike route, and a maintenance service facility that stretches over 21 acres.

Several buildings within the facility will use solar photovoltaic (PV) power and excess power storage systems.

Greg Steele, Global President of Mobility at Arcadis, added: “High functioning mobility infrastructure is critical when it comes to designing thriving and connected cities and communities.

“Globally, we are seeing that rail continues to be the transport mode of choice, and landmark projects such as the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project are key when it comes to stimulating economies, progressing the sustainability agenda, and driving social wellbeing and inclusion.”

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