Stantec will work on the first driverless rail system in the United States

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jun 17, 2022

Stantec has been selected to continue engineering and construction inspection services for the East Section of the Honolulu Rapid Transit Authority (HART) driverless and electric light rail project.

The £96 million ($119 million) contract will help deliver the first driverless light rail system in the United States.

This is an extension of the existing construction and engineering services that Stantec provides to HART and will continue until the end of 2026, with the possibility of a five-year extension until scheduled completion. of the project in 2031.

Stantec personnel will assist in the construction management and successful completion of HART’s complex construction projects, including light rail guideway, rail stations and utility relocation.

Stantec Project Manager and Transport Business Line Manager Brian Norris highlighted the system’s potential.

“HART Light Rail Transit is one of the most iconic mass transit projects in the United States and a game-changer for transportation in Hawaii,” he said.

“We are extremely proud of the work we do, and this effort is essential to making the project happen for the people of Hawaii. Project management and construction management are areas of growth for our transportation business, and we continue to provide this expertise in North American markets.

HART’s light rail system is fully electric and will be the first driverless light rail system in the United States by connecting multiple transit and retail hubs on the island of Oahu. The 20-mile, 21-station elevated system will connect western Oahu to Honolulu International Airport, downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana Center, a major shopping and transit hub.

Honolulu’s population is expected to grow 10% by 2045. HART light rail will support this growth by connecting people to jobs, healthcare, and education; connecting visitors to beaches, hotels and attractions; and reduce surface traffic congestion. At the same time, the HART light rail will contribute to Hawaii’s climate goals by reducing carbon emissions from transportation.

HART Executive Director Lori Kahikina described light rail as “a critical component to improving transportation in Hawaii and meeting our climate goals.”

She added: “Providing a backbone linking the city centre, major transit centers and the airport will significantly improve our public transport system. Stantec has been with us since the beginning, and we appreciate their long-standing expertise and service in completing the project.

Stantec’s work on this all-electric system also supports the company’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9); sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); and climate action (SDG 13).

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