Secure Platform Plan Project
The Secure Platform Plan (SPP) is part of a multi-tiered strategy to grow ridership on the Metro Transit system by creating a more secure transit environment. This state-of-the-art security plan will also enhance the customer transit experience by creating centralized, highly secure customer entrances at all 38 MetroLink stations.
Talking Transit: Secure Platform Plan
Learn more about the Secure Platform Plan with this special edition of Talking Transit, hosted by Citizens for Modern Transit on October 18, 2022. This video features a panel discussion with Kathy Osborn, President & CEO of the Regional Business Council; Mark Grossenbacher, Practice Leader at HNTB; and Kevin Scott, General Manager of Security at Bi-State Development, as they talk about safety and security on the transit system, next steps in the Secure Platform Plan and the impact of these investments to the community and regional businesses.
The total estimated cost is $52 million with the funding breakdown as follows:
- $17.25 million BSD capital & American Recovery Plan
- $12 million Bond refinancing proceeds dedicated to security
- $12 million Illinois allocation (federal stimulus)
- $10.75 million Private sector funding
In 2017, a System Barrier Study was completed by Jacobs Engineering. The study yielded a cost estimate for the design and implementation to retrofit barriers throughout the MetroLink system.
*BSD: Bi-State Development
- Project lead Kevin Scott provided an update to the Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners. Scott announced a phased rollout of the Secure Platform Plan. Phase one will focus on four platforms in Illinois.
- Progress continued on the initial design for all MetroLink stations. LiDAR surveying allows for the mapping of each site with minimal disruptions for Metro customers.
- Project leaders met regularly with HNTB to discuss considerations for selecting fare gates at each station. Security, maintenance, fare evasion and accessibility are among the factors being considered.
- The Real Time Camera Center (RTCC) was installed at Central Facility, providing access to 800 live cameras throughout the Metro Transit system. Through the Secure Platform Plan, 800 new cameras will be added to the transit system, with all 1,600 cameras accessible by the RTCC. Implementation of the RTCC is an essential part of the Secure Platform Plan.
- The Secure Platform Project Leadership Team met with the HNTB design team to review preliminary design concepts for all 38 MetroLink platforms. Feedback from this meeting will inform future design considerations.
- The Secure Platform Plan was presented to team members across multiple departments at Bi-State Development.
- The Board of Commissioners authorized awarding of contract to HNTB for professional engineering services related to the design of the MetroLink Secure Platform Plan (SPP) project. Read the Press Release.
- The design cost total was estimated to be $6,948,587.09, plus a five percent (5%) contingency.
- BSD provided a briefing to the Board of Commissioners for permission to proceed with a request for proposal for the secure platform project design services.
- Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in iSupplier.
- Kevin Scott was assigned as the project lead.
- A designer review task force was established.
- General Manager of Security, BSD
- Assistant Executive Director of Engineering Systems, Metro Transit
- Senior Director of Capital Projects, Metro Transit
- Chief Safety Officer, BSD
- Assistant Executive Director of Transit Assets, Metro Transit
- General Manager of MetroLink, Metro Transit
- Regional vetting and corporate partnerships were established.
- Funding sources were established.
- The independent cost estimate was established for the design and construction phases of the project.
- Design Phase
- Construction Phase
- WSP prepared a scope of work, project schedule and station sheet exhibits for the project.
- Internal BSD stakeholders reviewed and vetted the scope of work for approval.
- The secure platform concept and emergency egress (exiting the platform) studies were received by BSD for internal review and approval.
- The emergency egress (exiting the platform) study was contracted to WSP through BSD’s General on Call (GEC) Design firm, Jacobs Engineering.
- Total services yielded two task orders:
- Task Order 1-Concept
- Task Order 2-Egress
- The secure platform concept was contracted to WSP-USA Inc. through BSD’s General on Call (GEC) Design firm, Jacobs Engineering.
- The concept also identified the need for an additional emergency egress (exiting the platform) study.
Design Request for Proposal (RFP) Timeline
|Proposal due date from supplier||June 3, 2022|
|Design review task force including the Procurement Agent (PA) complete reviews||June 14, 2022|
|Documentation, negotiation and contract award||July 14, 2022|
|Design Contract Awarded to HNTB||August 11, 2022|
Design Scope of Work
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 130 Egress (exiting the platform) Requirements
- Metro Design Manual 2008 (System Wide Design Criteria)
- Metro’s Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Manual 2020
- ADA Accessibility Requirements
- Project Management Plan-Establishes Roles and Responsibilities
- Project Schedule
- Monthly Progress Reports
- Existing Conditions Evaluation Report
- Design Requirements Document
- Conceptual Plans – 10%, 50%, 90%, 100% with Design Narratives and Visual Aids
- Utility Coordination Requirements
- Technical Specifications
- Cost Estimate
- Construction Bidding Support Services
- Design Support During Construction
Each station will include:
- Fare collection gates
- New ticket/fare purchasing system with expanded mobile and payment solutions
- Card readers and Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs)
- Passenger Assist Telephones
- Facial recognition capabilities
- Additional fencing
- State-of-the-art security cameras monitored from a real-time camera center
The Secure Platform Plan (SPP) goes beyond the safety and security recommendations already implemented in the last few years and recognizes the call by area residents and elected officials for a more secure transit system. It signals that we are committed to rebuilding ridership and regaining the region’s confidence in this important regional asset.
SPP has received support and endorsement from each primary elected official in our three funding jurisdictions (St. Louis County and St. Louis City in Missouri, and St. Clair County in Illinois). SPP received approval from the Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners, as well as unprecedented financial support from the private sector.
This rare investment of private sector funding in our transit system emphasizes the importance of this project and reinforces how essential public transit is to the future success of our region.
- Provide Fare Collection Gates at Each Station
- Equipped with readers for cards, TVM tickets and mobile phone barcodes.
- SCADA System Integration-gate unlock feature
- Provide Ticket Vending Machines at Each Station
- Provide Passenger Assist Telephones at the Entrance of the New Gates and Ticket Vending Machines
- Provide Additional CCTV Cameras
- One Camera Per Gate on the Outbound Side (Facial Recognition Capable)
- One Camera Per Gate on the Inbound Side (Video Analytic Capable)
- One Camera for Overall Gate Viewing
- One Camera for Overall People Viewing
- One Camera per Ticket Vending Machine and Validator
- Provide Fare Gate Canopies for Each Array to Protect the Fare Devices
- Provide Fencing
- As Needed Station Area Fencing
- As Needed Alignment Fencing
President and CEO
Charles A. Stewart
General Manager of Security
Our core SPP team consists of eight people responsible for successfully completing the project:
- Project Leader
- Executive Liaison
- Executive Engineering Support
- Safety & Regulatory Compliance
- Lead BSD Engineer
- Program Oversight/Analytics
- Design Consultant
- Engineering Project Manager
The SPP team oversees the efforts of five separate working groups:
DESIGN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) REVIEW TASK FORCE
- Reviews RFPs and recommends the designer.
FARE COLLECTION, TICKET VENDING MACHINES (TVM) AND SCADA INTEGRATION TASK FORCE
- Integrates the Fare Collection System, TVMs and Gates with Metro’s SCADA system (Remote train monitoring and control system).
CONSTRUCTABILITY REVIEW TEAM
- Provides input and direction for all project construction related activities.
PEER REVIEW TEAM
- Reviews the conceptual reports (10%-100%) and addresses SCADA integration activities.
- Confirms all physical access control/Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) security camera system features.
SAFETY AND SECURITY CERTIFICATION REVIEW TEAM
- Determines maximized fencing and camera placement and video analytic needs.
- Recommends the fare gate type for maximum security.
- Conducts the Preliminary Hazard Analysis/Threat Vulnerability Assessment (PHA/TVA).
- Certifies the project for safety and security requirements
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