The two companies have been collaborating on mass transit and rail projects worldwide for more than a decade, including programme and design management for one of the largest metro projects in the world - the US$15.4bn (£12bn) - Doha Metro project in Qatar. The network will comprise 95 stations and 230km of rail upon completion in 2026.
"It is no secret that the rest of the world has been investing in rail and transit, while the United States systems have suffered from years of underfunding," said Nick Ivanoff, Louis Berger's US transportation president. "An estimated $200 billion [£157bn] in investment is needed to meet US rail demand through 2035, and the Louis Berger-Egis joint venture allows us to apply our world-class expertise in modern transit systems here in the United States to support our clients in delivering safer, more efficient rail travel."
Egis Rail director for North America Gilduin Blanchard: "The partnership unites Egis' expertise in guided urban transportation and rail systems, automation, rolling stock, safety and equipment with Louis Berger's global experience leading civil and structural engineering design and program and construction management for rail systems around the world.”
The joint venture will be led by Egis' Gilduin Blanchard and Gilles Autuori, senior vice president for International projects, with Louis Berger's Connie Crawford, senior vice president and rail and transit global practice leader, and Sofia Berger, senior vice president for U.S. transportation.