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11th August 2017

Two ambitious plans are being progressed for high-speed rail systems across California and Nevada. Could a 54-mile section of track along the High Desert Corridor be the key to unlocking the full potential of both?

Throughout the US, and in California in particular, plans for high-speed rail are being progressed. The most advanced are the California High-Speed Rail, with Phase 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and XpressWest, between Las Vegas and Victorville.

Industry insights
North America
5th August 2017

The Hamilton LRT project, in Ontario’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, made a significant step forward earlier this month, gaining approval for its Environmental Project Report (EPR) by the Provincial Government on August 3rd. This news has opened the way for a Public Private Partnership (P3) procurement phase to proceed to detailed discussions with short-listed bidders. Construction is planned to begin in 2019, and the LRT is set to open in 2024.

SDG in the news
LRT, Transit
North America
3rd August 2017

This Research & Innovation project set out to compare the construction costs of Metro and Light Rail systems.

We assembled cost data for forty systems worldwide, twenty of each type. The comparison was based on estimates of the construction cost per kilometre of line.

It showed, not surprisingly, that costs for Metro were higher than for Light Rail, but also that the picture is more complicated than that.

There are wide cost variations within each type of system, and these seem to be due to factors such as:

27th July 2017

Transit system performance directly impacts how cities and regions grow and prosper. As a result, transit improvements are increasingly being framed as more than a means to facilitate reliable and timely movement of people and goods.

Industry insights
Transit
North America
21st July 2017

Our internal Research and Innovation programme exists to empower staff to ask demanding questions about what we do and how we do it, and to invest time and energy in developing new methods and answers. We host meetings every two weeks for people to bring ideas and sound them out with colleagues. Everyone is encouraged to be original, creative or just plain eccentric at this stage: we believe that even the strangest of ideas can lead to fresh ways of doing things.

Industry insights
UK & Ireland
11th July 2017

Steve Van Beek, Director & Head of North American Aviation, developed a robust report for the Reason Foundation outlining how “remote towers” may be the answer to keeping smaller airports operational. However, with ongoing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) budget problems and no current program, the path forward remains unclear.

Industry insights
Aviation
North America
26th June 2017

Craig Nelson, our Head of Technology, talks with The Planning Report regarding Culver City’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Visioning Plan. In the interview, Craig joins Councilmember Thomas Small to discuss how the City is working to create a transit-oriented vision for the next 10 years around the new Metro Expo line station in Culver City.

SDG in the news
North America
15th June 2017

The introduction of driverless cars has been the subject of thousands of words of analysis. Many of these analyses have concluded that this may lead to a decrease in conventional transit ridership. However, this discussion generally carries the assumption that buses won’t change. But what if we had driverless buses, too?

Drivers form a major part of transit operational costs: between 50% and 75%, depending on jurisdiction and local factors. As a result, transit agencies that switch to driverless buses could achieve major cost savings. 

Industry insights
Bus
22nd May 2017

Ricardo Montecino rejoins Steer Davies Gleave after almost five years working in the public sector, at the Executive Authority for the Metropolitan Public Transport (DTPM) in Santiago, Chile. He joins Steer Davies Gleave’s Latin American team as an Associate Director and will be based in their Santiago de Chile office.

Press releases
Latin America
19th May 2017

On Thursday, May 11 2017, Steer Davies Gleave hosted its third Movement Matters event in Los Angeles focused on wayfinding systems. 

We brought together two industry experts to explore how wayfinding can enhance the experience of place to help people explore their surroundings. The speakers highlighted wayfinding best practices and their recent experience working together to develop a comprehensive wayfinding system for the PATH, a sixteen-mile pedestrian tunnel system in Toronto connecting over 1,200 retailers.

Industry insights
North America

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