Secure Platform Plan Project

Overview

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.

A conceptual rendering of the Secure Platform Plan showing the Central West End Station with a controlled access system. This may not reflect the final design of the Secure Platform Plan.
This is a conceptual rendering and may not reflect the final design of the Secure Platform Plan. Metro Transit is currently in the process of contracting for project design services.

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.

Funding

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
A pie chart showing the Secure Platform Plan funding breakdown from BSD Capital, Bond Refinancing, Illinois Allocation and the Private Sector.

Milestones

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

August 2022

  • 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.

May 2022

  • 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.

April 2022

  • 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

March 2022

  • Regional vetting and corporate partnerships were established.
  • Funding sources were established.

February 2022

  • The independent cost estimate was established for the design and construction phases of the project.
    • Design Phase
    • Construction Phase

January 2022

  • 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.

December 2021

  • The secure platform concept and emergency egress (exiting the platform) studies were received by BSD for internal review and approval.

October 2021

  • 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

August 2021

  • 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

Procurement EventTimeline
Tentative
Proposal due date from supplierJune 3, 2022
Design review task force including the Procurement Agent (PA) complete reviewsJune 14, 2022
Documentation, negotiation and contract awardJuly 14, 2022
Design Contract Awarded to HNTBAugust 11, 2022

Design Scope of Work

Reference Standards

  • 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

Scope Deliverables

  • 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

Highlights

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

More Information

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.

Leadership Team

Photograph of Taulby Roach.

Taulby Roach

President and CEO
Bi-State Development

Photograph of Charles Stewart.

Charles A. Stewart

Executive Director
Metro Transit

Photograph of Kevin Scott.

Kevin Scott

Project Leader
General Manager of Security
Bi-State Development


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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