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WSP team extends role on $818m Canadian light rail scheme

29 Jan 15 The region of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has voted in favour a three-year extension to its existing light rail transit (LRT) contract with WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The two companies have been working together on the project since 2012. WSP bought former Balfour Beatty subsidiary Parsons Brinckerhoff last year and the two businesses are now combined.

The CA$818m (£433m), two-stage project will bring light rail to the Waterloo region, which includes the cities of Cambridge, Waterloo and Kitchener. Stage 1 is a 36km corridor that features a 19km LRT system, called Ion, linking the urban cores of Kitchener and Waterloo, plus 17km of adapted bus rapid transit (aBRT) connecting the southern terminus of the LRT system in Kitchener to Cambridge. In Stage 2, the aBRT service will be converted to LRT.

As the Region’s general engineering consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff and WSP are responsible for developing the output specifications for procurement, supporting the public-private partnership procurement process, and for managing the overall programme, including construction management services for the client.

“This continues to be an important project for Parsons Brinckerhoff,” said Kevin George, senior vice president for Parsons Brinckerhoff. “The Council’s decision to extend our agreement demonstrates the confidence that the Region has in our team in Waterloo and the joint success that we have so far achieved.

“It is a terrific example of the complementary skills that exist between Parsons Brinckerhoff and WSP,” he added noting that “our partnership began on this project in early 2012 and now we have merged into one tremendous business.”

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