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Spotlight on Transit: Alicia McIntire

9-09-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Alicia McIntire. Alicia is a Senior Planner based out of Seattle, WA. She has 25 years of experience in transit, including transit system planning and multimodal, pedestrian, and bicycle plans.

How did you become interested in transit and transportation?

I have loved transit ever since I ... (more)

 

Spotlight on Transit: Joel Theodore, PE

9-07-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Joel Theodore, PE. Joel is a Senior Consultant based out of Seattle, WA. He has over 20 years of experience and has been with Parametrix for over 3 years. He provides design, project management, and project controls services for major transportation projects with a specialization in transit.

How did you beco... (more)

 

Spotlight on Transit: Darby Watson, AICP

8-27-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Darby Watson, AICP. Darby leads our Puget Sound Transportation and Community Building divisions as Vice President. She has been with Parametrix for two years and has a total of 25 years of industry experience.

How did you get interested in transit and transportation?

I actually started out... (more)

 

Mukilteo Ferry Terminal Opens to Passengers

1-08-2021

The Mukilteo multimodal ferry terminal opened to passengers on the evening of December 29. This is Washington State Ferries’ first new terminal in 40 years.

The facility includes a new terminal as well as new streets, roadways, sidewalks, a transit center, and improved links to the nearby Sound Transit Sounder commuter rail station.

Parametrix has been involved in this complex, collaborative project since 2010 when we began the traffic analysis and the NEPA/SEPA review. Federal Transit Administration requirements were met to relocate the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal to the site of a former Air Force/Navy jet fuel tank farm and munitions loading pier.

a gray, cloud sky overlooking the Puget Sound from the ferry

While the traffic and environmental analysis wrapped up by 2014, Parametrix conti... (more)

 

Defining Smart & Connected Communities: Addressing Equity, Privacy, and More

12-11-2019

By Darby Watson

Smart and Connected Communities use the internet of things and data collection to manage assets and resources efficiently to improve people's lives. While cities and communities rise to embrace new technologies, they must also make sure that the results are equitable and provide for a more sustainable and inclusive future.

At the Future of the Profession event, hosted by Parametrix in Seattle on November 19, 2019, we invited leaders from across the industry to discuss what smart and connected communities mean for the future of cities. Panelists included Bryan Nace of GHZ Communications, Nico Larco, AIA of University of Oregon, and Steve Marshall of City of Bellevue.

Smart and Connected Communities Panel

The session began with each panelist introducing their are... (more)

 

Building a Zero-Emission Fleet: Parametrix Partners with King County Metro

11-21-2019

Eastgate P&R Rapid Charger Station

By Steve Olling, PE, PMP, ENV SP 

The concept of a zero-emission bus fleet isn’t as far off as you might think. In fact, transit agency King County Metro has been using zero-emission trolley coaches in Seattle for nearly 80 years. The agency has also been recognized as a national leader in early adoption of diesel-electric hybrid buses.

King County Metro is well on their way to meeting their goal to have a zero-emission fleet by 2040. The agency has begun using battery electric coaches, along with continuing to use and modernize their electric trolley fleet. This meets around 11% of their goal already. Starting in 2020, Metro plans to only purchase zero-emission buses as older buses retire and to increase fleet size to meet growing service needs.

The agency will transition to a fleet of all-electric trolley and battery-electric buses ... (more)

 

Building Sustainable Communities: Downtown Redmond Link Extension

10-30-2019

Rendering courtesy of Hewitt Architects, Inc.

By Brad Phillips

 

Each year, Parametrix selects a Project of the Year that exemplifies our core values, mission, and vision. At the Employee-Ownership Celebration on October 12, the Downtown Redmond Link Extension project was named the 2019 Parametrix Project of the Year. Read about the project below.

Sound Transit is extending light rail 3.4 miles from the future Redmond Technology Center station to Downtown Redmond, WA. The project includes two new stations and a 1,400-stall park-and-ride garage.

Parametrix was selected as the prime consultant for the planning, preliminary engineering, environmental clearance, permitting, public involvement, multi-agency concurrence, and design-build procurement packaging. This includes managing over twenty subconsultants across multiple disciplines, with 15% small or dis... (more)