King County Metro and the City of Seattle are coordinating on the design and delivery of multiple new RapidRide corridors. To aid in the close coordination between Metro and Seattle and their programmatic approach for coordinated project delivery, Forman Consulting Services is assisting Metro with support services. Stephanie is providing project management support, FTA coordination and documentation support, design coordination and review, and construction sequencing, installation and delivery coordination.
Stephanie serves as the Lead Civil Engineer for this multidisciplinary engineering, planning, and design project for King County Metro. This Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route is over 16 miles long and services the cities of Renton, Kent, and Auburn. Approximately 40% of the corridor also is located on State Routes requiring coordination and documentation with WSDOT. This project includes full planning and alternatives analysis, environmental documentation, right of way services and civil engineering coupled with RapidRide branded coaches and passenger amenities to improve speed and reliability in the corridor. Approximately 80 transit stations will be designed for this route as well as additional transit lanes, business access and transit (BAT) lanes, queue jumps, bypass lanes, transit signal priority, and curb space management.
Stephanie manages the preliminary design for the J Line RapidRide project (formerly known as Roosevelt RapidRide) which will provide a high-quality bus rapid transit service. This route totals over 7 miles in length, connecting Downtown Seattle with the neighborhoods to the north: South Lake Union, Eastlake, University District, Roosevelt and Ravenna. SDOT partnered with King County Metro (among other stakeholders) to enhance the transit connections and upgrade existing routes by improving transit speed and reliability, adding more buses at off-peak times, upgrading stop amenities (including the addition of real-time arrival information), repaving sections of the corridor, adding protected bicycle lanes or two-way cycle tracks, and upgrading pedestrian facilities to meet full ADA guidelines. Stephanie manages the preliminary design of the J Line RapidRide Corridor and a large team including 6 different design firms from around the northwest region. In Fall of 2017, 2018 and 2019, she also supported the submission of FTA’s Small Starts Grant Application and has an ongoing support role in the efforts for environmental documentation and public outreach.
Stephanie was the lead design engineer for the passenger facilities and transit improvements of this highly visible project connecting Ballard to downtown Seattle. Stephanie’s work included leading the civil engineering for more than twenty Metro bus zones throughout the D-Line corridor. Stephanie’s work includes upgrades for American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, paving, grading, signing, striping, and demolition plans. Stephanie coordinated with property owners and business owners along the corridor to obtain approvals and discuss issues related to the proposed improvements. Her work also included coordinating with King County Metro as well as proactively coordinating multi-disciplinary issues across various departments within the City of Seattle including the pedestrian and bicycle group, Urban Forestry, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, and Signal Design and Traffic, and Street Use. Each of these bus zones were delivered independently of each other to accelerate the construction by Merlino Construction. To accelerate the construction Stephanie’s work also included designing the temporary traffic control plans as well as applying for and coordinated the street use permitting with the City of Seattle.
Client: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Role: Civil Engineer | CH2M
Dates: July 2010 to February 2011
Stephanie served as the civil transportation design engineer for the preliminary plans and estimates for this Santa Clara VTA project. This complex public infrastructure project included 21 new stations, pedestrians walkways, mixed-use lanes, dedicated bus lanes, and median station configurations. The BRT design included build-outs for bus stops with shortened pedestrian crossings and raised platforms. The design applied the latest safety design innovations, using safety design concepts from street-running light projects. Station architecture included iconic branding, solar-powered station lighting, CCTV cameras, Real Time Information Systems (RTIS) and emergency telephones. The project also included a continuous fiber-optic communication system and transit signal priority. Stephanie’s project designs included median bus way designs along a major arterial including side-running and median BRT station designs in the City of San Jose. These design led to the construction of roadway improvements including ADA compliance and multimodal designs. Stephanie’s design work included preliminary station civil design and pavement delineation per the City of San Jose and Caltrans standards.