HRT Houston

Role in This Project:

K & J has supported HRT by providing safety and security certification support services as well as system safety, system security, safety engineering and emergency management consulting services.

2019 – 2021

  • No New Projects

 

2018

1:  Reviewed available data and information and apply their expertise to determine causative factors and assert why METRO continue to have a higher accident rate.

  • Review historical near miss and accident data from METRORail collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclist.
  • Review accident and near miss data and safety mitigation efforts from these similar systems.
  • Review prior safety assessments and audits of the METRORail system
  • Conduct an on-site review of the METRORail system to further review the causative factors of METRORail collisions in an effort to determine factors attributing to the high accident rate.
  • Review safety mitigations inherent in the system design and those additional mitigations installed to reduce or prevent METRORail collisions.
  • Review automobile, pedestrian, and bicyclist regional crash data in each of the defined areas compared to the Houston region.
  • Review insurance rates or statistics compiled by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
  • Review crash mitigation actions taken in the similar properties compared with those action taken in Houston.

 

Project Deliverable:

Provide a written summary of assessment and analysis of crash data to discuss similarities and differences in the identified systems and METRO.

 

2016 – 2017

  • No new projects

 

2015

1:  Safety and Security Certification of the METRO HRT Light Rail Corridor Projects

 

Project Description:

  • North Corridor: An LRT line from the Downtown Station to the existing Northline Transit Center consisting of 5.3 miles of double track with 8 stations and an elevated intermodal terminal (Burnett Plaza) near the intersection of Main Street and Burnett Street.
  • Southeast Corridor: An LRT line from Capitol Street in downtown Houston to the Palms Center consisting of 6 miles of double track with 11 stations and a light rail vehicle storage facility.
  • East End Corridor: An LRT line from a street connection with the Southeast Corridor near downtown Houston to a new end of line station at the Magnolia Transit Center consisting of 6 miles of double track with 5 stations and a service and inspection maintenance facility.

 

Key certification tasks accomplished:

  • Safety and Security Design Criteria Conformance Checklist verification
  • Construction specification conformance checklists verification for the civil, systems, and integrated testing for the remaining corridors
  • Issued interim and/or final certification certificates for the following:
    • North Corridor; civil, stations, and systems
    • East Corridor; civil, stations, and systems
    • Southeast Corridor; civil, stations, and systems
    • Downtown Corridor; civil, stations, and systems
    • Storage and Inspections (S&I) maintenance facility and rail yard
    • Vehicle storage yard with administrative building
    • The new Rail Operational Center (ROC) at Transtar
    • Partial certification of Segment 1 on the East Corridor
  • Active Safety and Security Certification Review Committee (SSCRC)
  • Certification close-out year.

 

2013 – 2014

Key certification tasks accomplished:

  • Issued interim safety and security certification certificates for the following:
    • North Corridor; civil, stations, and systems
    • Storage and Inspections (S&I) maintenance facility and rail yard
    • Vehicle storage yard with administrative building
  • Issued the final Safety and Security Certification Certificate for the ROC maintenance facility modification
  • Active Safety and Security Certification Review Committee (SSCRC)

 

2010 – 2012

1:  Safety and Security Certification of the METRO HRT Light Rail Corridor Projects

 

Key certification tasks accomplished:

  • Draft Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHAs) review and approval
  • Safety and Security Design Criteria Conformance Checklist verification, 12,966-line items of verification
  • Final Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) approval
  • Construction specification conformance checklists development
  • Safety and Security Certification Review Committee (SSCRC)
  • Fire Life Safety Review Committee
  • Certification Training to Construction Managers