Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA)
TexRail Commuter Rail
• Construction Value: $500 million
• Location: Fort Worth, TX
• Project Details: New commuter rail across Tarrant County
• TSG Position: Subconsultant to CH2M
• TSG Role: Document Control
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (also known as The T) is developing a commuter rail line across Tarrant County, TX. The route will follow existing rail lines from Sycamore School Road in southwest Fort Worth, through downtown Fort Worth, northeast to Grapevine and then into the north entrance of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. As a member of the Program Management team, TSG came in mid-project and revamped the existing Document Control system, and now provides ongoing services using the Share Point and Project Wise software systems.
Trinity Railway Express
The Trinity Railway Express is a 33-mile, 5-station commuter rail project linking Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Fort Worth proper. As a prime consultant, TSG was responsible for the development and implementation of a contract administration process and the provision of contract administration services for FWTA. This project was a $183 million, federally-funded DOT-assisted project and was the first major design and construction project for this agency. TSG was actively involved in vetting potential vehicle rehab suppliers through site visitations and technical reviews. Vehicles were ultimately purchased from Go Transit in Toronto and transferred to the firm performing the rehab work. Pertinent to the rehab process was the color scheme to be used on the vehicles. Originally designed to maintain the Toronto color scheme, under TSG’s direction, they were emblazoned with color to match the flavor of the Lone Star State.
Similarly, when TSG was brought onto the project, it was determined that fare collection, an important but forgotten item, had inadvertently been left off the master schedule. TSG ultimately found another agency with fare collection equipment it did not need and was able to secure those units for the project. When the Authority determined more passenger cars were required for the system, TSG negotiated, prepared and managed contracts for those vehicles. This required our staff to attend production meetings at the Bombardier Transportation facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario. All vehicles were delivered on time and within budget. In addition, we negotiated a contract with General Motors Corporation for additional locomotives, which were also delivered on time and within budget.