Organization for Rapid Transit Design and Construction

by John S. Egbert, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit, Authority, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Organization and Management of Public Transport Projects


This paper discusses organizational arrangements for design and construction of rapid rail transit systems and the advantages and disadvantages of the various organizational arrangements. It uses the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's organization, and its changes over time, as a case study. The paper also discusses several important management problems and/or issues that any transit authority embarking upon a rapid rail construction program should be alert to and prepared to deal with from the outset.

Subject Headings: Rapid transit systems | Rail transportation | Construction management | Organizations | Transportation management | Urban areas | Case studies | District of Columbia | Virginia | Maryland | United States

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