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Kimley-Horn provides planning, design and engineering consulting services for heavy rail systems.

To help meet the increasing demands of accessible and dependable transportation, heavy rail is a high-capacity option that can efficiently connect growing population centers.

Though reliable, many existing heavy rail systems were implemented many years ago and may need to be replaced, enhanced, or reconfigured. Alternatively, new heavy rail systems require significant funding, immense planning, and consistent buy-in from the community and its residents.

A successful system satisfies requirements of the Federal Railroad Administration, meets safety and environmental standards, and serves the long-term needs of a city. It requires separate rights-of-way, intricate signaling, and high platform loading. And has new design or reconstruction needs to minimize interruptions to revenue and service.

Given the complex nature of heavy rail, you need a well-rounded partner who understands your needs. Our team of transit professionals will:

  • Provide program management, planning, and design management services
  • Coordinate overall project costs
  • Leverage relationships with federal, state, and local review agencies to streamline review process

Staying the Course

Kimley-Horn’s professionals have an unmatched blend of expertise to take heavy rail plans from preliminary engineering to final design and construction. Our team brings a depth of experience in visioning, public engagement, and stakeholder coordination. We are well-versed in multimodal and nontraditional transportation analysis and have a clear understanding of the environmental and NEPA process as well as economics, finance, funding, and prioritization.