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LAND DEVELOPMENT - REAL Multimodal Facility Civil Engineering 2

The Rural Economic Assistance League (REAL) currently provides bus service encompassing the counties of Aransas, Jim Wells, Brooks, Live Oak, Duval, Refugio, San Patricio, and Bee in South Texas. Real has a ridership of over 200,000 passengers per year, with a fleet of 66 vehicles. Current facilities are udated, and with the continued growth, they have become out of capacity. REAL is planning a new Multimodal Facility in Alice, TX, replacing the current one.

Parra & Co, after a successful completion of the project’s Phase 1 (Proposed Masterplan review), was engaged by Able City once more to provide Civil Engineering services for Phase 2 of the project, as now the funds for the facility have been secured.

The proposed facility includes a 16,964 sq ft Administration Building and a 11,589 sq ft Maintenance Building. The facility will include parking for 120 vehicles, 82 busses, and 22 bicycles.

Parra & Co received the Conceptual Design for the Proposed Facility from the Architect (Able City), and prepared the Site Civil Construction Documents, Stormwater Management Plan, and a Hydrology Report, including the detention basin design. For the Utility Plan, Parra & Co is designing a water line extension.

TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Tiger Grant 1
TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Tiger Grant 2

Parra & Co was engaged by the City of Laredo to prepare a TIGER Grant Application ($12.75M) to be used towards the development of the new Operations & Maintenance Facility of El Metro ($25.7M), located at the intersection of Jacaman and Barlett. Our team prepared a Conceptual Phasing Plan, dividing the proposed facility into 2 phases, as well as potential Cost Reduction and created a Phasing Plan for the overall facility in order to lower costs of phase 1. Using the data provided by El Metro, we obtained a projected cost estimate for the following year. (2017)

Parra & Co wrote the TIGER application on behalf of the City of Laredo and El Metro and tied the application into the City’s comprehensive plan and its coming updates. While this application was not funded, the package was re-purposed and submitted under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5339(b) Discretionary Grant Program in FY16. This submission yielded a $9,875,083 FTA grant award for the construction of the new facility.

As the City was concerned the cash from the grant award may not be readily available, a revised facility plan needed to be considered in order to accommodate a reduced total project budget. The Parra & Co team prepared a scope of work to assist the City in the execution of the grant within the TrAMS system to include concurrence from FTA Region VI in a manner that projected all local investment in the project and maximized the use of the federal funding available.

This project allowed the adjustment of the City’s application according to the reduced amount received by the FTA, the potential land value increase for the facility, and the available matching funds from the City to obtain preliminary approval from FTA to move forward.

TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Google 1
TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Google 3
TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Google 4

Parra & Co provided Project Management and direction between the City of Laredo, El Metro Transit, Google, and the sub-consultant team. Along with the team, Parra & Co provided data creation and formatting services to prepare the GTFS files submitted to Google. Formatting was provided in accordance with Google’s GTFS specifications.

El Metro Transit provides bus service in the City of Laredo, TX. The goal was to have all 22 El Metro Transit Laredo routes schedules available in Google Transit. (Google maps and navigation apps.)

For final delivery, Parra & Co visited with El Metro Transit staff to collect current routes/stops, prepared the schedule, and stops data (GTFS format), and assisted in communications and submittal to Google.

Ongoing | R.E.A.L. Multimodal Transit Facility - Civil Eng. & Drainage

The Rural Economic Assistance League (R.E.A.L.) is planning a new Multimodal Facility in Alice, TX to replace their current one, as it is dated and out-of-capacity. The new facility includes a 16,964 sq ft Administration Building, an 11,589 sq ft Maintenance Building, and parking for 120 vehicles, 82 buses, and 22 bicycles.

After a successful completion of Phase 1 – Proposed Master Plan Review, Parra & Co  (engaged by the architect – Able City) is providing Civil Engineering Services for Phase 2 of the project. Once we received the Conceptual Design for the Proposed Facility from the architect, our team started preparing the Site Civil Construction Documents, Stormwater Management Plan, a Hydrology Report including the detention basin design, and a LEED Feasibility Report. For the Utility Plan, Parra & Co is designing a water line extension.

The biggest challenge for this site was that the county does not currently have a stormwater network in the area, but one is planned to be in place within the next five years. Our client’s development will be ready two years before that, for which our team planned a combination of temporal and permanent strategies so when the network is finalized the site can be connected to it.

R.E.A.L. currently has a ridership of 200,000+ passengers per year, and provides bus service encompassing the counties of Aransas, Jim Wells, Brooks, Live Oak, Duval, Refugio, San Patricio, and Bee in South Texas, with a fleet of 66 vehicles. 

*Rendering courtesy of Able City

Ongoing | El Metro New Headquarters - Civil Engineering

The City of Laredo is in the process of bringing to life the new Headquarters for El Metro Transit. The design for this project was completed in 2013, however due to lack of funding the project came to a halt. In 2023 the City of Laredo decided to move forward with the project after having secured the funds for Phase 1. The project is set to be completed in three phases.

Phase 1, already underway, includes the programming, planning, design and construction of a wash bay, gas station, a large parking lot area and both driveways for the new transit facility on 25-acres of the site. The new site/facilities were designed to support and house 50 CNG buses. The design is in process and construction is on schedule to be completed by Q4 2024. Parra & Co, engaged by Able City as part of the original project team, is leading the Civil Engineering for the project.

The City of Laredo is currently working on securing the funds for Phase 2, which includes the programming, planning, design and construction of a 21,000 sq ft Administration & Bus Operations Building; a 38,711 sq ft Bus Maintenance Facility; 43,560 sq ft Parking and Infrastructure and 10 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Finally, Phase 3 of the project will include 154,281 sq ft Commercial Buildings with their respective parking lots.

*Images via Able City

Ongoing | VIA Metropolitan Transit Eastside Mobility Hub - Civil Eng.

The Eastside Mobility Hub will provide an end-of-line facility for two frequent bus routes – 25 Bus and 26 Bus – as well as facilitate transfers between fixed-route services and potential micro-mobility (mobility-on-demand) and Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) routes. The site will have the capacity to serve two 60‐foot buses, three 40‐foot buses, MOD, and VIAtrans  passenger  pick  up/drop  off  activity. 

Parra & Co, as a sub-consultant to Able City, has been an integral part of the Eastside Mobility Hub project since its inception. In the initial “T1 – Due Diligence” phase, we diligently investigated two potential sites for VIA Metropolitan Transit’s new transit facility. Our team meticulously reviewed site conditions, conducted a comprehensive traffic impact analysis, and performed a LEED analysis to assess environmental sustainability. We prioritized the safety and convenience of pedestrians by conducting a thorough sidewalk survey. This ensured that residents, students from nearby schools, and local businesses could easily access the bus stops and facility centers without any hindrances.

Moving forward to the “T2 – Concept Design” phase, our team took charge of developing detailed civil plans such as Existing Conditions Plan, Site Dimension Control Plan, and Utility Plan. We also conducted a preliminary drainage analysis and estimated the probable construction cost to ensure effective project planning.

We are thrilled to announce that we recently received preliminary approvals from TxDOT for the conceptual design of the VIA Eastside Mobility Hub. As we progress into the third phase, “T3 – Construction Documents,” we are eagerly looking forward to facilitating the permitting and construction administration processes. Parra & Co remains committed to delivering exceptional expertise and contributing to the successful realization of this significant project.

2017 | El Metro Transit TIGER Grant & Intergovernmental Coordination Assistance

Parra & Co was engaged by the City of Laredo to prepare a TIGER Grant Application ($12.75M) to be used towards the development of the new Operations & Maintenance Facility of El Metro ($25.7M), located at the intersection of Jacaman and Barlett. Our team prepared a Conceptual Phasing Plan, dividing the proposed facility into 2 phases, as well as potential Cost Reduction and created a Phasing Plan for the overall facility in order to lower costs of phase 1. Using the data provided by El Metro, we obtained a projected cost estimate for the following year. (2017)

Parra & Co wrote the TIGER application on behalf of the City of Laredo and El Metro and tied the application into the City’s comprehensive plan and its coming updates. While this application was not funded, the package was re-purposed and submitted under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5339(b) Discretionary Grant Program in FY16. This submission yielded a $9,875,083 FTA grant award for the construction of the new facility.

As the City was concerned the cash from the grant award may not be readily available, a revised facility plan needed to be considered in order to accommodate a reduced total project budget. The Parra & Co team prepared a scope of work to assist the City in the execution of the grant within the TrAMS system to include concurrence from FTA Region VI in a manner that projected all local investment in the project and maximized the use of the federal funding available.

This project allowed the adjustment of the City’s application according to the reduced amount received by the FTA, the potential land value increase for the facility, and the available matching funds from the City to obtain preliminary approval from FTA to move forward.

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