The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) in Denton County, TX, has selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as part of a joint venture to provide professional support services for its 21-mile passenger rail project known as the A-Train. Once built along the east side of I-35 E, the A-Train will carry passengers from Denton to Carrollton. Five stations will be situated along the corridor. The A-Train will be completed simultaneously with Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s completion of its Green Line to Carrollton. This will enable passengers on the A-train to transfer to light rail to travel to downtown Dallas and other transit points in the North Texas region.
LAN will be responsible for program administration, design constructability reviews, project controls, procurement support, public relations/communications, construction management, and systems integration. The project has an estimated cost of $315 million, including purchase of the rail vehicles. Construction is expected to start in early 2009, with revenue service anticipated to begin in late 2010.