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1/31/2007



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Parsons Brinckerhoff to design Norfolk light-rail line



Hampton Roads Transit recently contracted Parsons Brinckerhoff to serve as general engineering consultant for a new light-rail system in Norfolk, Va.

Parsons Brinckerhoff will manage planning and design, and the environmental and permitting processes for the 7.4-mile, double-tracked line.

Featuring 11 stations, the line will connect Eastern Virginia Medical Center, Tidewater Community College, City Hall, Harbor Park Baseball Stadium and Norfolk State University. Light-rail vehicles will operate over 2.8 miles of new embedded track in Norfolk’s central business district and 4.6 miles of former Norfolk Southern Railway right of way.

Construction is scheduled to begin in summer; revenue service is projected to begin in 2010.



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