A new streetcar undergoes testing as part of the Tucson Modern Streetcar project in Arizona. Atkins provided project management oversight for the $196 million project under the company’s previous contract with FTA. Photo credit: City of Tucson. Used with permission.

A new streetcar undergoes testing as part of the Tucson Modern Streetcar project in Arizona. Atkins provided project management oversight for the $196 million project under the company’s previous contract with FTA. Photo credit: City of Tucson. Used with permission.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) selected Atkins for a second five-year, $13 million contract to provide project management oversight of federally funded mass transit projects nationwide. Atkins helps evaluate state or local public agency (grantee) technical capacity and capability to successfully plan and implement federal investments in major transit projects.

“Atkins’ business is built by developing strong, long-standing relationships with clients and the communities we serve,” said L. Joe Boyer, chief executive officer, Atkins, North America. “This re-selection allows us to continue assisting FTA as they help local and state transit providers fund new transit systems or improve the operation of existing systems.”

Since 2009, Atkins has served as FTA’s project management oversight consultant on assignments that include:

  • Tucson Modern Streetcar, Ariz. Atkins performed project management oversight for the $196 million, 3.9-mile-long initial streetcar line that will connect the University of Arizona and many of the city’s major centers.
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley 10-Mile Berryessa Extension, Calif. Atkins was recently appointed to oversee the $2.2 billion first phase of a planned 16-mile extension of the BART regional heavy rail system, linking San Jose to the soon-to-be-completed Warm Springs station in Fremont.

Atkins’ services include monitoring FTA projects to determine whether they are progressing on time, within budget, and according to approved grantee plans and specifications. Other activities include tracking constructability reviews, planning, and implementing risk assessment and/or risk mitigation, performing change order reviews, and providing value engineering services. Atkins also offers workshops to help grantees prepare FTA documents to satisfy grant requirements.

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