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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: 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)

 

Meet Our New Professional Engineers

1-21-2021

Earning a professional engineer’s license is a major career milestone. Recently, four employee-owners at Parametrix passed the exam to earn theirs. Congratulations to Chris Johnson, Brandon Moss, Marcus Vassey, and Scott Weirich! I asked them a few questions about their careers and their advice for others. Read their responses below.

 

Chris Johnson

Chris joined the Seattle Transportation group in 2018. He graduated from Washington State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Chris Johnson headshot

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I have always been interested in science, how things work, problem solving, and building things. Th... (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)

 

Parametrix Delivers First of its Kind Freight Mobility Enhancement Plan for Nevada Department of Transportation

12-21-2020

By Bardia Nezhati, PE, PTOE

Co-authored by Vern Keeslar, AICP and Jackie Kuechenmeister, AICP

The I-15 Corridor is a major transcontinental north-south highway in the western United States that extends more than 1,470 miles through the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Montana. It serves as the economic artery linking San Diego and the Inland Empire of California with the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada. An estimated 30 million tons of cargo are carried through the corridor each year.

Map showing I-15 freight mobility enhancement plan from las vegas to san diego

Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) in partnership with Caltrans (California’s Department of Transportation), was awarded a National Economic Partnerships grant by the Federa... (more)

 

Salt Lake City Partners with UDOT to Open Streets to Pedestrians, Bicyclists for Social Distancing

5-14-2020

From New York to Oakland, cities across the United States are closing lanes or entire roadways in order to expand bike lanes and pedestrian environments, giving people under stay-at-home orders more space to walk and bike safely in their neighborhoods.

Salt Lake City and the Utah Department of Transportation are no exception. The agencies responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with Parametrix and other partners, the team reviewed and synthesized traffic and active transportation data to better understand the implications of the pandemic. With this information, they were able to identify roadways most suitable for temporary lane conversion based on essential business proximity, housing density, and other factors.

One of those lanes, 900 South, was opened in April as a result of this partnership. Salt Lake City had initiated other street closures on smaller roadways starting with 500 North, but... (more)

 

Meet an Engineer: Harvin Flores

2-21-2020

We're wrapping up Engineers Week 2020 today by introducing you to Harvin Flores. Harvin is a transportation engineer based out of Boise. He has 17 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

Growing up, I had an uncle that was a civil engineer and he was definitely a big influence for me. Engineering seemed like a fun job and I liked the idea of designing a project and having the opportunity to be out there inspecting it.

What do you enjoy most about your career in engineering?

There are many things that I truly enjoy about engineering. I enjoy the team work and collaboration that goes into successfully completing a project. I also enjoy the interaction with the public and local agencies to come up with the best solution for everybody.

I also really like how engineering allows you a ce... (more)

 

Meet an Engineer: Sheng-Wen Seow

2-20-2020

To celebrate Engineers Week 2020, we're introducing you to several engineers at Parametrix. They'll be sharing what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering, what they enjoy most about their career, and their advice for up and coming engineers.

Today, meet Sheng-Wen Seow. He is a transportation engineer based out of Southwest Washington. He has over 20 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I’ve always been interested in figuring out how things worked since I was young.  When I was a kid, I dreamt of being either an inventor or a mad scientist. Now that I am older and wiser, I realize that while being an engineer may not be as “glamorous” as being an inventor or mad scientist, but it is a career that is realistic, suits my abilities, and serves the greater good.  However, if you have the aptitude to b... (more)

 

Meet an Engineer: Elizabeth Healy

2-20-2020

We continue the celebration of Engineers Week by introducing you to several engineers at Parametrix. They'll be sharing what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering, what they enjoy most about their career, and their advice for up and coming engineers.

Today, which also happens to be Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, we're excited to introduce you to Elizabeth Healy. Elizabeth is a transportation engineer based out of our Salt Lake City office. She has 5 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I wanted a career that was both rewarding and challenging. That, plus my LOVE of math made engineering seem like the perfect field to specialize in!

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Intelligent Mobility: Unleashing the Power of Technology to Transform Tomorrow’s Transportation Today

12-06-2019

By Bardia Nezhati, PE, PTOE

Intelligent mobility is a rapidly growing trend in urbanized areas to connect people, services and communities through the power of technology. It involves reimagining infrastructure-heavy approaches across all transportation modes and enabling the power of data and analytics, advanced technologies, and artificial intelligence. It has the potential to transform the way we move people and goods while saving lives, improving mobility, promoting su... (more)