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Texas' DCTA taps LAN for railroad engineering services

Posted on October 11, 2017

DCTA provides public transportation services in many communities throughout Denton County. The agency carries nearly three million passengers annually system-wide.
DCTA provides public transportation services in many communities throughout Denton County. The agency carries nearly three million passengers annually system-wide.

Texas’ Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) selected civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) to provide railroad engineering services for its rail projects over the next three years.

DCTA provides public transportation services in many communities throughout Denton County. The agency carries nearly three million passengers annually system-wide. The central element of DCTA’s service plan is the 21-mile A-train commuter rail line, which connects with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Green Line at Trinity Mills in Carrollton and provides service to five stations within Denton County. In addition to the A-train, DCTA provides Connect Bus service in Denton and Lewisville; Connect Shuttle and Community on-demand services in Highland Village; Access service; Frisco demand-response service; Collin County Transit service; North Texas Xpress commuter bus service in partnership with Fort Worth Transportation Authority, University of North Texas, and North Central Texas College; Campus Shuttle; and vanpool services.

In accordance with its strategic plan, DCTA will issue projects to LAN that enhance the existing transit network and support initiatives, such as A-train corridor expansions to Cotton Belt and North Denton, implementation of rail service from Carrollton to Frisco/Prosper, and evaluation of potential future rail expansions to other corridors throughout the service area.

As part of its services, LAN will provide rail system guideway design, additions or modifications to existing guideway, signal system design, rail bridge engineering and inspection, station design, schedule modeling, and emergency railroad engineering services.

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