Canadian design firm Stantec has been selected as the lead engineer for the $1.9bn design-build commuter rail expansion for Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in Nassau County, New York.
Under the project, a 9.8-mile third track will be added to increase capacity for LIRR’s main line that carries more than 300,000 passengers daily.
The Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) awarded this project to 3rd Track Constructors (3TC), a consortium of construction firms, including Dragados USA, John P Picone, CCA Civil, and Halmar International, in January 2018.
As lead engineer for the consortium, Stantec will lead all rail, building and infrastructure improvements.
The LIRR project includes expansion of eight LIRR bridges over local streets, six LIRR station improvements and the safety improvements as a result of elimination of seven street-level grade crossings, along with improvements to railroad infrastructure such as signal, power and communication systems.
The third track will be laid within the existing LIRR right-of-way.
Recent technological advances in the transportation industry will be used for the project to reduce construction impacts to the local community.
Pre-construction activities will begin in the first quarter of 2018.
Over 150 engineering, architecture and science professionals will be assigned over the course of the LIRR project, which is one of the largest transportation programmes taken up by Stantec.
MTA officials said that the programme will create a more reliable network, faster commuting, greater safety, fewer delays along the entire network, and an overall better commuting experience.
Stantec executive vice-president Stuart Lerner said: “We’ve been providing design services to the MTA for more than 25 years and many of us are LIRR commuters.
“Alongside 3TC and other project partners, our team is deeply committed to delivering this state-of-the-art system that supports economic growth and accessibility for dozens of communities along this impacted corridor and across the entire region.”