The Coordination Effort: Getting Through the Levels

by Roger Shiels, Shiels & Obletz, Downtown Light, Rail Project, Portland, OR, USA,
Clint L. Moshovsky, Shiels & Obletz, Downtown Light, Rail Project, Portland, OR, USA,
Bhagirath Lall, Shiels & Obletz, Downtown Light, Rail Project, Portland, OR, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Organization and Management of Public Transport Projects

Abstract: This paper deals with the coordination and management of two major public transport projects in Portland, Oregon. It discusses the management process utilized in the planning and construction phases of the Transit Mall. The changes in coordination and the interplay between overlapping jurisdictions interfered with the construction of the project and delayed considerably the acceptance of the completed project. The lessons learned from the failure of the coordination effort in this project are well utilized in the planning and construction of the Light Rail System. The efficiency of the coordination and management is illustrated as the project moves towards completion on time and within budget.

Subject Headings: Project management | Railroad engineering | Transportation management | Light (artificial) | Light rail transit | Oregon

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