HNTB built out 31 miles of the commuter rail service, 12 stations and a large operations center and maintenance facility. Phase II South, delivered in part by design-bid-build and design-build, extended service approximately 17 miles and included trackwork, a new wayside signal system, a grade crossing warning system with positive train control-compliant equipment, a vehicle storage and light maintenance facility and four stations.

The biggest challenge was working on live track in phase II south. HNTB coordinated schedules and outages with FDOT’s Central Florida Rail Corridor, the operator, CSX and Amtrak, as the line carries transit passengers by day and freight by night.

Beyond traditional CEI services, HNTB conducted a value engineering study that yielded cost-saving scope changes, while maintaining quality, and served as technical adviser for the design-build procurements.

Thanks to SunRail, residents and tourists now have another option for traveling to south Central Florida and more convenient access to Orlando. Tupperware donated land for its namesake station that provides service to its headquarters, and the company is developing land around the station with commercial and residential development, including a hospital. Economic growth around completion of the SunRail phase II south project has had a positive impact on the surrounding area.

Location: Orlando, FL

Client: Florida Department of Transportation

Awards: SASHTO, America's Transportation Awards; FICE EEA Grand Award

Services: Construction Management