Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract by TriMet to design the expansion of a light rail operations and maintenance facility at Ruby Junction in Gresham, Ore. The project is intended to support the 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension. The facility will provide additional light rail vehicle (LRV) train storage, maintenance bays and operational equipment for the new Portland-Milwaukie line set to open in fall 2015. This line will run between downtown Portland and South Waterfront development, across a new transit-only bridge to southeast Portland and to the city of Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. The Ruby Junction expansion will accommodate up to 18 new LRVs to serve passenger demand between 2015 and 2030.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is responsible for preparing final design contract documents (including plans, specifications and bid schedules) and performing all planning, analysis and report preparation leading to the formulation of these documents. Work includes the final design of the Phase 1 facility expansion, including site preparation, grading and drainage, utility relocation, modification of existing buildings, new building, track and pavement construction, lighting, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fire protection, maintenance equipment installation, and landscaping. Also included are design services during construction for the construction and testing phase of the project. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2014.
The contract also requires the Parsons Brinckerhoff team to provide preliminary design (to 30 percent completion) for the Phase 2 expansion of the shop facility and light rail storage tracks for the future Columbia River Crossing LRVs.