Since joining STV in 2005 Tyler Bonstead has dedicated himself to managing the planning and design of high-speed rail, light rail transit (LRT), commuter rail and bus rapid transit systems. Bonstead is presently a senior planner and head of STV’s west region planning group, involved in several cutting-edge programs, including the nation’s first true HSR service and one of the first projects to enter the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Small Starts program.
Bonstead’s focus is on major transit corridor projects. He is currently leading the planning and outreach for the 30-mile Los Angeles to Anaheim segment of the proposed California High-Speed Train Project — one of the only statewide segments thatintegrates high- and low-speed trains along the same tracks. As part of this endeavor, he is involved in the innovative implementation of a phased plan for the project. As resources allow, smaller stage commuter rail and Amtrak service improvement projects are completed first that can also be used for high-speed rail service at a later date.
Another notable project is the Riverside County Transportation Commission Perris Valley Line extension of Southern California’s Metrolink commuter rail system. The documents that Bonstead prepared led to a successful FTA Small Starts Application for the project and are now used as a template for other Small Starts projects around the country.
“The thing I like the most is the amount of interaction I get to have with the public. I enjoy the fact that I get to work almost exclusively with public transportation and giving people options to get to their houses or their jobs or their schools. It’s something that would be a passion of mine even if I wasn’t planning public transportation projects as a job.”