Metro East San Fernando Valley AA/EIR/EIS
Los Angeles County, California
The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (AA/DEIS/DEIR) is being undertaken by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), with the City of Los Angeles as project co-lead. This study will enable Metro, the City of Los Angeles, and the City of San Fernando to evaluate a range of new public transit service alternatives that can accommodate future population growth and transit demand, while being compatible with existing land uses and future development opportunities. The project study area extends from Ventura Boulevard on the south, to the City of San Fernando, Sylmar-San Fernando Metrolink Station and the Lakeview Terrace neighborhood on the north. The study area includes the two major north-south arterial roadways of Sepulveda Boulevard and Van Nuys Boulevard, spanning 10-12 miles and the major north-west arterial roadway of San Fernando Road. KOA was retained by Metro to prepare the Alternatives Analysis, CEQA and NEPA environmental clearance, and conceptual engineering work for the project. The KOA team evaluated a Transportation Systems Management Alternative, a Bus Rapid Transit Alternative with dedicated bus lanes, a Light Rail Transit Alternative, a Street Car Alternative, and other strategies.

SANDAG Mid-City Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Showcase Project
San Diego, California
The SANDAG BRT concept included transit signal priority as a key element to achieving higher transit speeds and better schedule reliability. KOA was retained to develop a signal priority implementation plan for the corridor as well as work with SANDAG, the City of San Diego, the Metropolitan Transit System, and Caltrans to develop a signal priority plan and procurement list. The proposed transit signal priority technology that was chosen for this corridor included utilizing the 3M Opticom-based technology. The project included an existing conditions report, a System Design Report, as well as the development of procurement documents and specifications to include in a bid package for the contractor. A complete upgrade of all of the controllers, firmware, optical detector, and discriminator cards was proposed. A traffic study was also prepared showing the potential impacts to the corridor intersections due to the transit priority proposed, which included green extensions.

Metro GoldLine Foothill Extension Construction Authority Strategic Planning Study
The purpose of this project was to evaluate light rail connections from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension's proposed terminus in Montclair to the LA / Ontario International Airport by developing preliminary alternatives that can be considered in a future Alternatives Analysis Phase with the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), in order to seek discretionary funds and move into a project development process. KOA worked with key representatives from SANBAG, SCAG, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), and the four area cities to be featured in the study: Ontario, Montclair, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.

Jackson County Commuter Corridors Regional Alternative Analysis, MARC
Kansas City, Missouri
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and Jackson County, Missouri are sponsoring an Alternatives Analysis (AA) for two Jackson County Commuter Corridors. The metropolitan area includes two states, nine counties, and nearly two million people. These two lines would be the first dedicated commuter transit lines in the region. KOA is providing transportation planning services to the project team, assisting with public workshops, alternatives screening, and evaluation of the potential effects on roadway traffic operations of varying street-running modes such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) technology.

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