Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has selected a joint venture between Jacobs and H. J. Russell & Company to support the US $3bn ‘More MARTA Atlanta’ transit expansion program; the largest expansion in MARTA’s history.
The Jacobs-led team will serve as MARTA’s CPMO Supplemental Services Consultant and manage approximately US $700mn in construction spending in the first five years of the Authority’s “More MARTA Atlanta” expansion project.
According to Jacobs People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President and Regional Director Tom Meinhart, for more than 40 years, the City of Atlanta and Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties have invested in transit in the Atlanta region. “This contract symbolizes a renewed commitment to that investment and is an historic win, not only for the joint venture team, but for the Atlanta region,” he added.
Scope of work
The Jacobs/Russell Team will be responsible for the standardization of project management processes and will handle quality assurance and project resources, including planning, monitoring and performance measurements.
MARTA general manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker explained that the centralized project management model lends itself to efficiency because it provides a singular focus that’s imperative with an initiative the size and scope of ‘More MARTA Atlanta’. “With the expertise and vision the Jacobs/Russell Team brings, we are confident that this historic expansion will be delivered efficiently and will make sense in the local and regional context,” he added.
It is anticipated that the project will create more than 6,000 jobs and employ 15 subcontractors, 13 of which are either minority-owned, women-owned or small business enterprises.