Los Angeles transportation agency, Metro, has issued notices moving forward to the two teams to begin pre-development work on concepts for a new high-capacity transit line that will connect the San Fernando Valley with Westside and eventually Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Pre-development (PDA) contracts will allow Sepulveda Transit Corridor Partners – Bechtel to carry out further development of the proposed heavy rail transportation concept and LA SkyRail Express to further develop the proposed monorail concept. The teams were selected in February. John Ling is a member of the Los Angeles SkyRail Express Consortium along with partners Skanska, BYD Transit Solutions, HDR Engineering, Alternate Concepts, M Arthur Gensler & Associates, and Innova Transportation. “We are delighted to work alongside LA Metro over the coming years to develop and deliver the solution for the benefit of the Los Angeles communities,” said Anthony Phillips, co-chair of PPP Greenfield Projects at John Laing. Infrastructure and American Triple I Partners. “Our team is proud to partner with Metro on this transformative project, and we look forward to bringing energy and creativity to deliver a solution for Metro and Los Angeles residents,” said Keith Hennessy, President of Bechtel Enterprises, Finance and Development. group in Bechtel. “One of the keys to this solution is to provide a world-class transportation experience that can be accessed through easy connections and enhances the community experience.” Bechtel will lead the engineering and “buildability” of its transmission concept with key engineering partners Mott MacDonald, TY Lin and Systra. Metro is scheduled to begin the project’s environmental review process this fall. Project alternatives, including concepts from PDA partner teams, will be improved as part of this process and will include public comment and technical analysis. If the Underground Council selects the concept of a personal digital assistant as the locally preferred alternative (LPA), the selected private sector team may have an opportunity to submit a proposal to build the project and possibly help fund it. Metro reserves the right to pursue a different project and delivery path if necessary, which gives it the flexibility to build a project that meets its requirements. Metro’s notifications going forward follow the Metro Board’s approval earlier this year to award a $69.9 million contract to Sepulveda Transit Corridor Partners – Bechtel and a $63.6 million contract award to LA SkyRail Express. “With our partner teams now able to begin refining their concepts, Metro can begin preparing for the environmental phase – the first step in delivering a project that addresses the infamous traffic issues of Sepulveda Pass, 405 and nearby communities,” Metro Board said. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Hilda L. Solis. “This project will provide a massive alternative to driving in the region and will provide new transit opportunities for a car-centric region and put public transport passengers ahead.” “With all the agreements in place now, we are confident that we will be successful in supporting an operation that will benefit future transit passengers on this critical corridor,” said Stephanie Wiggins, CEO of Metro. Five routes will be studied for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. Do you have a story? Email [email protected].