NEW YORK, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With offices in Ottawa and Toronto, and a growing roster of transportation projects, STV is forging ahead with its successful expansion into the Canadian transportation market.
In Ottawa, STV Canada Consulting Inc., the firm's Canadian arm, is the lead of a four-way joint venture that was awarded the preliminary engineering and project management services for the $2.1 billion Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project for the City of Ottawa. STV's team includes Morrison Hershfield Limited, URS Canada Inc. and Jacobs Associates Canada Corps., working out of a joint office in downtown Ottawa.
This project is the first step in the capital city's transportation master plan, which calls for more than 40 kilometers of new light rail over the next 20 years. Ottawa is the home of many major companies and employment is expected to increase dramatically, placing additional demands on the existing transportation system.
"The Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project is the single largest public works project ever executed by the City of Ottawa, and we are delighted at the opportunity to serve as the engineers and project managers for this tremendous undertaking," said Richard M. Amodei, a senior vice president who is overseeing STV's expansion and operations in Canada.
STV's expansion efforts in Canada started three years ago, shortly after the federal government of Canada decided to increase funding for transportation infrastructure investments. In 2008, STV was awarded a 10-year, $125 million contract by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to provide program management services for Toronto's Transit City Light Rail Expansion Plan. The TTC is one of the largest transit agencies in North America. As a result, STV opened its first office in Toronto directly across from the TTC's headquarters.
STV is also assisting Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT), which operates the commuter rail system in Greater Montreal, with the procurement of bi-level coach cars and dual-powered locomotives. AMT has experienced major growth in its ridership at a time when it is preparing to extend new service to the east of Montreal. STV is working on this project in joint venture with Group SM, a Canadian engineering and project management firm.
STV, in conjunction with Group SM, is also providing services to help AMT develop modern rail equipment storage and maintenance facilities. After analyzing numerous sites, STV recommended two locations for development: the Sortin Yard (now known as Lachine), and a second yard and maintenance complex in Pointe Saint-Charles.
With more than 1,700 employees in 33 offices, STV is a leader in providing planning, architectural, engineering, environmental services and construction management services for transportation systems, infrastructure, buildings and other facilities. STV is ranked 36th in Engineering News-Record's Top 500 Design Firms survey. STV is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, visit our website at www.stvinc.com or follow @STVGroup on Twitter.