USA: Transport agency GoTriangle has selected a Gannett Fleming/WSP joint venture as its construction management consultant for the planned light rail project in North Carolina’s Durham and Orange counties.

The joint venture is to provide a constructability review, estimating, contract packaging, design and specification review services under the first phase of the contract. It would then provide construction management services when work gets underway in 2020 with a view to opening in 2028.

The 28 km route with 18 stops would run from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to North Carolina Central University in Durham, connecting three universities and three medical facilities, including three of North Carolina’s 10 largest employers.

End to end journey time is put at 45 min, and ridership is estimated at 26 000 trips per day.

The route would include around 16 km of at-grade ballasted track, 6 km of elevated line and 6 km of at-grade embedded track.

‘We are proud to be part of a team that’s implementing much-needed rail transit in the Triangle Region because it will transform mobility in the community’, said Gannett Fleming’s project manager Bryan Mulqueen on April 17. ‘Future generations will look back and ask “How did we ever live without this?”’.