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DCTA A-train Project Garners Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC, Texas
Publication Date
April 15th 2013

 The American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas (ACEC) has recognized the Denton County Transportation Authority’s (DCTA) A-train Project with a Silver Medal in the Transportation Category of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards Competition.


The competition has been held by the ACEC since its inception in 1975 to honor and recognize outstanding achievements within the engineering community. A distinguished panel of judges from around the state selected winning projects based on uniqueness, originality, technical value to the engineering profession, complexity, and how successfully the project met the needs of the client.


Partnering with DCTA on this program was OnTrack 2010, a tri-venture of Urban Engineers (Urban), LAN Associates, and Bowman Consulting. “The successful planning, design, construction, integration and startup of the DCTA A-train commuter rail system is a true testament of the outstanding team assembled to get the project completed,” Jim Cline, DCTA President, said. “With only 18 full-time employees, the DCTA needed the support and expertise provided by the program management team. Their knowledge, experience and team effort helped keep the A-train program on track and moving forward despite the significant challenges related to a program of this magnitude. To accomplish this feat in less than 10 years since inception of DCTA is extraordinary.”


The $350 million A-train Project, which opened in June 2011, connected residents and visitors to Denton County from both Dallas and Tarrant counties with a 21-mile-long regional rail line, five stations, and a bicycle/pedestrian trail. The project also included a new, 56,000-SF rail operations and maintenance facility to provide vehicle inspection, servicing, preventive maintenance, repair, exterior washing, and interior cleaning for the A-train fleet. A regional dispatch center was also built into the facility to serve as dispatch for the A-train and a backup for the Trinity Railway Express, which runs between Dallas and Fort Worth.


Urban provided project management and construction management/inspection services for the A-train program, and design support throughout the project, including design of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection (MEP/FP) and industrial systems of the $19 million rail operations and maintenance facility. Additionally, Urban helped procure Stadler GTW 2-6 Diesel Multiple Unit Rail Vehicles, facilitated procurements of a park n’ ride station and a revenue collection system, and supported DCTA in establishing plans, policies, and procedures as it transitioned from rail construction to operations.