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AECOM to provide engineering services for Houston METRO’s University Corridor Bus Rapid Transit project

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The new transit line will be the longest contiguous BRT system in the U.S., providing 25-miles of environmentally friendly service that connects Houston’s major east-west destinations and universities

DALLAS, October 25, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced that it will serve as general engineering consultant (GEC) for Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County’s (METRO) University Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, called METRORapid University Line. In this role, AECOM will provide project management and conceptual and preliminary engineering services to assist in the development of the high capacity transit project that will enhance service and connections to the METRORail Red, Purple, and Green lines.

"A project of this complexity and magnitude requires a team with local knowledge and roots. As a trusted partner to METRO, we’re thrilled to provide our depth of experience and diversity of resources to the METRORapid University Line," said Travis Boone, chief executive of AECOM’s U.S. West region. "We look forward to engaging with the community, working with area agencies, and leveraging lessons-learned to move this important project forward and help realize better transit access, reliability, and customer experiences."

The METRORapid BRT system combines elements of light rail and bus to deliver efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly service with dedicated traffic lanes, stations, and platforms. The planned 25-mile University Corridor is the largest in METRO’s BRT expansion, running from the Westchase Park and Ride to the Tidwell Transit Center and connecting with existing and proposed METRO services along the route. Once complete, the METRORapid University Line will be the longest contiguous BRT system in the U.S.

"BRT is one of the fastest-growing modes of public transit and a catalyst for economic development and social equality," said Jennifer Aument, chief executive of AECOM’s global Transportation business. "Having supported BRT planning, design, and implementation in cities across North America, we’re excited to deliver our broad technical and project management expertise, understanding of the local environment, and latest in emerging transit technologies in support of METRO’s vision to build a seamless, equitable, sustainable, and efficient University Corridor BRT system that enhances the communities it connects."

AECOM will be responsible for preparation of the preliminary design documents and management of the overall GEC project delivery – from final design through construction and commissioning. In addition, it will provide subject matter expertise related to the implementation of BRT projects, mentorship to small and disadvantaged business enterprises as well as university students, and public involvement support.

About AECOM

AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.2 billion in fiscal year 2020. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM.

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