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PMA/Spartan Solutions JV Announces Its FTA Contract Award to Provide Project Management Oversight
October 9, 2014
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently awarded PMA/Spartan Solutions, a Joint Venture (PMA/Spartan JV) a significant contract to provide project management oversight (PMO) services for some of the nation’s most important public rail transportation projects. Member firms include PMA Consultants, LLC, of Detroit, Michigan, and Spartan Solutions, LLC, of Washington, DC.
The FTA provides billions of dollars each year to communities nationwide to construct or improve public transportation systems, as well as to maintain and operate them effectively and efficiently. FTA PMO contractors represent the FTA on such projects while providing oversight to grantees toward achieving successful project outcomes and compliance.
Spartan’s Chairman and Cofounder, Mysore Nagaraja, PE, states, “The PMA/Spartan Solutions Joint Venture intends to add value and innovation to the FTA’s PMO process by leveraging our decades of experience leading significant FTA-funded projects, working in FTA leadership, and managing program and construction processes, from pre-design through project delivery and closeout. We understand transit project management from all perspectives.” Mr. Nagaraja has more than 30 years of experience in managing and directing FTA-funded transit capital programs at New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and he was a founding member of FTA’s Construction Roundtable. His experience with the FTA PMO processes at MTA provides him with specialized insight into the significant nuances, variables, and needs of both grantees and the FTA. Additionally, Spartan’s Sherry Little, former FTA Deputy and Acting Administrator, and Severn Miller, former FTA Chief Counsel, will advise the PMA/Spartan JV board.
PMA Executive Director and Program Manager for this contract, Bruce Stephan, comments, “After decades of helping local transportation agencies improve their organizational, planning, financial, and administrative controls, PMA/Spartan JV is pleased to have been selected by FTA to help continue to improve the probability of successful outcomes on transit projects.” Mr. Stephan has more than 35 years of experience providing program, project, and construction management; claims analysis; schedule management; technology solutions; and business process consulting on large public transit improvement programs. His diverse experience as an employee of NYC Transit, a general contractor, construction manager, and consultant will enhance the team’s ability to recognize potential issues and work collaboratively with all participants to resolve them.
PMA Mid-Atlantic region Managing Director Herschel Baxi, comments, “We are fortunate to be joined by CDM Smith and a group of very competent small businesses as our subconsultants. They bring invaluable depth and breadth to our team. We appreciate this unique opportunity and look forward to leveraging our expertise in supporting the FTA.” As a Task Order Manager for this assignment, Mr. Baxi brings 20 years of experience in capital planning and project delivery services, including project management and project controls, risk management, enterprise/portfolio management, and implementation of project management systems.
The total value of all awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts for this PMO work is a maximum of $750 million; transit projects to be monitored vary in size from $25 million to more than $10 billion.
Moderator:Nuria I. Fernandez, member, APTA Board of Directors; co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force; and chief operating officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY Panelist:Mysore L. Nagaraja, P.E., Partner & Co-founder, Spartan Solutions LLC
Topic: Big Transportation Infrastructure Projects Worldwide: Global Overview