Managing Major Transit Construction Projects

by Alan F. Kiepper, Metropolitan Transit Authority of, Harris County, Houston, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Organization and Management of Public Transport Projects


Building rapid transit systems is a regular and ongoing world wide occurrence. However, for cities initiating first time transit system development it is truly a unique experience. Initiating the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) was such a unique experience. MARTA will ultimately operate high-speed 70 mph (110 km/h) trains over 53 miles (85. 3 km) of lines with 41 stations. In spite of uniqueness, size and complexity MARTA is an outstanding success. MARTA started up faster than any recent U. S. transit system, its costs are within original estimates, and it operated successfully right from start up.

Subject Headings: Rapid transit systems | Construction management | Subways | Rail transportation | Building systems | Urban areas | Building management | Urban and regional development | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

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