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Session No. 5D

Part 1: King of Prussia (KOP) Rail Extension — Preliminary Engineering

Session Description: KOP Rail is SEPTA’s proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) to King of Prussia, PA. The NHSL currently provides service between 69th Street Transportation Center and Norristown Transportation Center, serving the Main Line area in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, and Center City Philadelphia. A rail connection to King of Prussia is a critical need in our region’s transportation system. It will connect Center City, University City, and King of Prussia - Delaware Valley’s three largest employment centers - in 45 minutes, less than a typical trip on the Schuylkill Expressway. The extension has five planned stations, all of which will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Part 2: New Transit Construction In-Progress — An Update from the Purple Line

Session Description: The Purple Line is a 16-mile, 21-station light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George's County. It will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange Lines; at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, Amtrak, and local bus services. The Purple Line is owned by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA). In spring of 2016, MDOT MTA selected a private-sector partner, Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) to design, build, operate, and maintain the light rail system for 35 years. MDOT MTA is the project lead, with the support and close coordination of a team that includes the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), and local municipalities in the project area.

Moderator: Daniel Seery, P.E., HNTB

  • King of Prussia (KOP) Rail Extension — Preliminary Engineering, Liz Smith, P.E., PMP, Assistant Treasurer, Strategic Initiatives, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
  • King of Prussia (KOP) Rail Extension — Preliminary Engineering, Greg May, P.E., LEED® AP, Vice President, Pennsylvania Office Leader, HNTB
  • New Transit Construction In-Progress — An Update from the Purple Line, Amr El‑Sayed, Ph.D., Project Station Engineer, Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC): Fluor, Lane Construction, and Traylor Bros.
  • New Transit Construction In-Progress — An Update from the Purple Line, Geoff Pelletier, P.E., PMP, Associate Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Construction Services


Speaker Bios

Daniel J. Seery is a trackwork design engineer based out of Philadelphia. He has been involved with all phases of rail systems projects including special trackwork, construction phasing, infrastructure replacement, and multi-discipline integration. Seery graduated from Penn State and serves on the Penn State Rail Transportation Engineering Program Board.He majored in Civil Engineering with a minor in Engineering Leadership and Development. Seery is a member of several professional organizations including being a tech-chair of AREMA Committee 12 and presenting at the AREMA 2018 Conference. While a student at Penn State, Dan was active in student life including serving as an Executive Director of The Penn State Dance Marathon (THON).

Liz Smith is the Assistant Treasurer, Strategic Initiatives at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). In that role she oversees SEPTA’s planning and capital budget functions, with oversight of the Service Planning, Strategic Planning, and Capital Budget and Grant Development Departments. She is responsible for ensuring progress of several major initiatives, including the King of Prussia Rail project, the upcoming Comprehensive Bus Network Optimization, the Annual Capital Budget as well as the Annual Service Plan. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University. She is a registered Professional Engineer as well as a Certified Project Management Professional. Smith has been recognized by several organizations for her contributions including being named a 2018 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal, Member of the Year by WTS Philadelphia and a Top Transportation Demand Management Professional by GVFTMA. She serves as the Director of Public Agency Participation on the WTS Philadelphia Board, as well as an Advisor to SEPTA’s Women in Transit group.

Greg May, P.E., LEED AP, serves as HNTB Corporation’s Pennsylvania office leader and Vice President. May leads more than 160 multidisciplinary transportation professionals in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Allentown, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The team delivers highway, bridge, toll, transit, rail, and aviation projects, program and construction management and other services to clients across the region. May has more than 20 years of client service, leadership, operations management and technical experience in planning, design and program and construction management for transportation infrastructure across the country. May has served in progressively responsible leadership positions in the transportation industry throughout his career. He has served as an HNTB program manager leading planning, design and program management of major projects, such as SEPTA’s $1.2B King of Prussia rail extension project. A Pennsylvania native, May earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of New Haven. He also studied mechanical engineering at Villanova University and the University of Pittsburgh. May is a member of several professional industry associations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Transportation Association, the Project Management Institute and others. In 2017, Mass Transit magazine named him one of its Top 40 Under 40. He also was selected for the prestigious Leadership APTA executive leadership program in 2018.

Amr El-Sayed has 23 years of Civil engineering Teaching, Research, design and construction experience in wide range of projects. El-Sayed graduated from Virginia Tech University with a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering in 2006. He joined Lane Construction after working with Lane’s Joint Venture Company in Dubai (National Contracting & Transport Co.) for four years. El-Sayed exhibits proficiency in project management skills including cost estimation/control, project scheduling, Quality Control, and highway geometric design.

Geoff Pelletier is construction management professional with 17 years of experience in transportation and military projects. Pelletier has served in HNTB’s Mid-Atlantic construction services practice since 2009, with a specific focus on P3 and design-build delivery of large-scale projects such as the 495 and 95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. Pelletier currently serves as Quality Control Manager for the Purple Line design-build joint venture firm, where he is responsible for inspection, materials testing, and verification documentation throughout the project. He manages the project QC team on the $1.5B project that includes extensive civil, tunnel, track, systems, utilities, power, and corrosion control construction. Pelletier wrote the Concessionaire’s Construction Quality Plan that was approved by the Maryland Transit Administration in October 2016 and is currently in use project-wide. Pelletier also manages the project nonconformance, deficiency, and corrective action procedures, and he serves as the project quality representative on the Purple Line Systems Safety and Security Working Group.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Room 205

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