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City Council approves contract to develop mass transit master plan

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The Raleigh City Council approved a contract today with Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. to provide consulting services to develop the Downtown Bus Facilities Master Plan.

City Council unanimously voted in February to award the contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a global consulting firm that assists "public and private clients to plan, develop, design, construct, operate and maintain critical infrastructure." The company, which is also serving managing the development of the ambitious California High-Speed Train Project as well as the Central Link Light Rail in Seattle, has offices on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh.

Last September, state and local officials signed off on a $60 million train and transportation hub in Downtown Raleigh. The Dillon Supply Company Warehouse building, also known as the Viaduct Building, on West Martin Street will be turned into a new Union Station Multi-Modal Facility, replacing the aging Amtrak station.

The planned Union Station, which is a joint initiative of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division and the City of Raleigh, will house Amtrak, Greyhound, high speed, regional and light rail, as well as some of Capital Area Transit's services.

The master plan also calls for upgrades to the Moore Square Transit Station facility, including reconfiguring the facility and its surrounding spaces.

"The goal is to improve the physical character of the station," City Council says of Moore Square's upgrades.

As part of the contract approved today, Parsons Brinckerhoff is required to involve City Council throughout the consulting process.

The new transit hub is expected to be completed in 2017.

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