Feasibility Studies & Extensions

SYSTRA’s planners are experts in conducting transportation feasibility studies.  This first step in a potential transportation project is designed to study the “lay of the land” and determine whether or not a potential project should be advanced to a more detailed stage of planning and development.

Our renowned alternative development and screening process provides clients with incomparable planning level information.  Additionally, our focus on addressing issues early in the planning process avoids repeated analyses later in later stages.

SYSTRA is a leader in U.S. high speed rail development. Our planners are expert in assessing HSR feasibility and understand the requirements and incremental improvements necessary to implement this service in the U.S.  SYSTRA planners also offer expertise in very high speed rail projects operating at 220 mph and higher.

Representative Projects: 

Maine Department of Transportation Bangor to Trenton Transportation Alternatives Study
Phases I and II

During Phase I, SYSTRA assessed potential demand for alternatives to automobile travel between Bangor and Trenton, one of the corridors that leads to Mount Desert Island. Six transit alternatives were conceptually defined to consider different modes, routes, vehicle technology, improvements within existing right-of-way, and constriction of new right-of-way. A demand estimation model was developed and used to predict ridership. MDOT concluded that the ridership potential warranted a second phase, including engineering and environmental analysis.

Phase II was an alternatives analysis/environmental assessment that complied with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements for multimodal alternatives analysis. This included the following key elements for bus, bus rapid transit (BRT), and rail alternatives: an operations analysis, which developed routes, travel times, and other operating statistics; demand forecasting, which created a network model to forecast ridership and transportation system user benefits; conceptual engineering, which developed plans for alignments and components such as stations, service facilities, grade crossings, and highway/street treatments; station siting, which identified station requirements and evaluated alternative sites; an environmental analysis, which identified the corridor baseling and alternative-related impacts, complied with federal and state requirements, and produced baseline and impact mapping using GIS tools; and public involvement, through which SYSTRA conducted meetings with a Public Advisory Committee and the general public and maintained a project website and newsletter.
Operations Analysis
Civil Engineering