WINNER: Under Budget – Medium Project
By 2004, Baltimore Metro’s 14-mile heavy rail system, with eight underground stations and six surface stations, was more than 20 years old and some of its mechanical and control systems were losing reliability and replacement parts were difficult to obtain. In response, the Maryland Transit Administration efficiently and cost-effectively developed and executed a $65 million project to refurbish or replace the equipment associated with the Metro Fire and Security Management System. Work began in April 2008 and was completed in December 2010, six months ahead of schedule.
“This is the largest and most complex systems renovation and replacement project completed on any of our rail systems,” said MTA Administrator Ralign Wells. “We used imaginative methods to execute a very complex project around an operating Metro rail system without disruption to train service or patrons; and it executed all of this ahead of schedule and under budget.”