The US$4.8m engineering and environmental services contract was awarded by the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development.
Baker and its team members will provide the travel forecasting, engineering, environmental and public outreach services required to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for modernisation of the freight rail system through the New Orleans metropolitan area.
“This project helps to position Louisiana for future growth by providing increased efficiency in moving goods across our state and nation, and also improves safety for our citizens in this corridor by limiting rail interaction with densely populated areas,” said DOTD ecretary LeBas. “Further, it is a unique collaborative endeavour which highlights our private partners’ commitment to the state and its infrastructure.”
The project is a public-private partnership between the Federal Railroad Administration, DOTD, the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, six railways and the Association of American Railroads. Amtrak, the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, and the Port of New Orleans are also stakeholders.