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CSX Selects Design Firm for 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project

April 3, 2019


CSX has selected Parsons team that includes TranSmart to provide professional design services for two of four projects that comprise the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th St. CIP), the Forest Hill Junction Flyover (P3) and the 71st Street Grade Separation (GS19). The GS19 project is an integral component of the P3 project; therefore, there are design efficiencies to design the projects together.

These projects will separate freight and passenger rail lines in the West Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Ashburn and Chicago Lawn neighborhoods that currently intersect and create significant delays, train idling and congestion.

The CREATE partners' commitment to creating economic opportunities in the surrounding neighborhoods is reflected in both the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal (30%) for this work, as well as the number and size of project elements in the Request for Proposals (RFP). The Parsons team includes eight DBE firms.

1. ABNA Engineering - track, structures, drainage support design services
2. TranSmart/EJM - roadway, drainage and lighting design services
3. Site Design Group - landscape architect and streetscape services
4. American Surveying & Engineering Inc. - surveying services
5. Trinal Inc. - community relations
6. Wang Engineering - geotechnical services
7. DB Sterlin - utilities, structural and roadway engineering
8. Atlas Engineering Group - track, drainage and structures engineering

In addition to meeting the DBE requirements, the team includes Workforce Development Strategies Group (WFDS) LLC. This group specializes in developing and delivering a workforce reflective of a project's surrounding communities. WFDS will identify employment and small businesses opportunities that support local hiring and diversity objectives for the 75th St. CIP by providing a "one stop shop" that identifies qualified candidates, provides training and matches and connects employees and employers via a workforce development portal. The CREATE partners are excited to access these services.

The design of Forest Hill Junction Flyover (P3) and the 71st Street Grade Separation (GS19) is anticipated to begin this year with the first stages of construction beginning in 2020 and completion in 2025. A public meeting is anticipated later in 2019 to discuss design and project elements.

Connie Li, PhD, PE Receives the NAMC Golden Champion Award for Leadership in Minority Business Development in Wisconsin

April 24, 2019

TranSmart Technologies Inc.’s President and CEO Connie Li, PhD, PE is one the chosen few to receive this year’s National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) Golden Champion Award for Leadership in Minority Business Development in Wisconsin Construction Industry.  This prestigious award recognizes individuals for their leadership in Minority Business Development in the industry and those who embody the principles that are instrumental to the progress and success of the DBE program. The awarding took place at the 33rd DBE Workshop & Secretary’s Golden Shovel Awards last February 14 in Pewaukee, WI.

Dr. Li specializes in traffic engineering, highway engineering, transportation planning, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), and traffic modeling and simulations. She has more than 28 years of experience in the advanced technology areas in transportation engineering industry and served as project manager on major transportation engineering projects. TranSmart Technologies, which was found in 1996, acquired EJM Engineering, a Chicago based women-owned company in 2017. This acquisition made TranSmart/EJM one of the largest women-owned companies in the region that provides multi-disciplinary, full service consulting in civil/electrical/structural/traffic engineering, ITS, transit, and construction engineering services.