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JUL 2014

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Grant Trapp 1 year of service Charlie Rector 9 years of service That's not just a lift—that's a bold example of American ingenuity. Add to that rigorous testing and superior engineering and you have a lift that stands above the rest. Learn more at cal Agreements not established, there is a signifcant risk that the project could be impacted from a cost and/or sched- ule perspective. My other suggestion is identifying the true scope and intentions of the agency in where they are accepting or transferring their risk. With the imple- mentation of alternative delivery meth- ods, predominantly design-build, set- ting those expectations with the agency and how they transfer their risk is a real cost component that has to be identi- fed early on. WHEN AGENCIES ARE DEVELOPING PROJECTS, HOW IMPORTANT HAS THE CUSTOMER'S FEEDBACK BECOME? The skill of developing a successful program is being able to decipher what is meaningful from the random comments from open community meetings, because you really have to weigh some of the com- ments versus the specific needs associ- ated with the program. Many comments are skewed because they refer to person- al needs or neighborhood requirements, and you have to balance that with the overall function of the program. That is somewhat difcult, but again, taking into account and listening to the people and summarizing their overall comments into related groups is extremely helpful in de- fning a program. AT THIS POINT, HOW IS FEDERAL FUNDING IMPACTING PROJECTS? There is still a huge need for federal support, but the problem is the uncer- tainty of the federal support, not only from being able to come up with the fi- nancial assistance but also the timing of that help. We are seeing some of our cli- ents re-evaluate fixed rail systems and assess other types of systems such as en- hanced bus, or bus rapid transit systems. In this assessment, agencies are trying to determine if these other methods can adequately serve their initial needs un- til outside funding sources can be peti- tioned and committed to the authority. We are seeing this approach looked at much more seriously than we have in the past, and I think that is a direct result of the uncertainty of Federal support. RICHARD AMODEI STV Inc. Sr. VP/ Northeast Regional Manager, Transportation & Infrastructure Division ARE YOU SEEING A TREND TOWARD MORE ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF PROJECT DELIVERY? Yes, we are seeing that trend all over the U.S. and in Canada, where a majority of their major transit projects are going either P3, design-build or design-build- operate-maintain. Alternative forms of delivery are also on the increase in the 19 JULY 2014 m ETRO m AGAZINE >

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