The Denver Eagle P3 Project, the first US main line FRA P3 rail project, was awarded to Denver Transit Partners (DTP), a consortium led by Fluor Enterprises, in 2010. As part of the consortium, SNC-Lavalin is responsible for vehicle procurement oversight.
The commuter rail service will be provided by 28 FRA compliant married-pair EMUs (56 vehicles), as designed and manufactured by Hyundai Rotem USA using the SEPTA Silverliner 'V' vehicle as a base. A 10-car option order has been awarded for a fourth line that will serve Denver’s north metro area.
SNC-Lavalin has a subcontract with DTP to provide vehicle procurement oversight services from rolling stock contract award through to vehicle acceptance. SNC-Lavalin supports DTP through project management, technical oversight and supplier management.
During the proposal phase, SNC-Lavalin provided key input to the bid development team by:
- Reviewing market opportunities for proven and emerging FRA compliant technologies
- Vehicle and system specification review
- Identification of cost drivers and specification improvements
- Pricing analysis, including cost differential projection for required changes and lifecycle cost analysis
- Operational interface analysis, including vehicle capacity, fleet size and train configuration
- Liaison with the car builder to establish compliance levels, including ADA and other regulations
- Provide direction on emerging standards and regulation, such as Positive Train Control
- Assist with the development of the Rolling Stock sub-contract for supply of the required vehicles
SNC-Lavalin's role during the vehicle procurement phase included:
- Managing preliminary and final design reviews for all vehicle systems
- Witnessing FAIs and supplier type tests, witnessing vehicle level tests, reviewing all rolling stock related submittals
- Management of key interface elements such as PTC
- Change management, project control including document submittal review and milestone payment approval, and project management duties such as chairing monthly meetings and stakeholder involvement meetings, coordinating with the operators / maintainers and system design teams, supporting public involvement and ensuring regulatory compliance
- Quality inspection oversight services at the Hyundai Rotem facilities in Korea and Philadelphia
Delivery of the vehicles commenced in September 2014, with service commencing in Spring 2016. SNC-Lavalin was responsible for the navigation of positive train control (PTC) implementation with the car builder and PTC supplier. The team maintained strong positive relationships throughout the project lifecycle, including car builder (Hyundai-Rotem), client (DTP) and end-customer (RTD).