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Parsons Transportation Group to Take Long Island Railroad Into Grand Central Terminal.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 13, 1999--

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) selected Parsons Transportation Group Inc. (Parsons), New York City, as its Systems Engineering Consultant (SEC) for the East Side Access project.

In its long-term objective to better serve rail passengers in the area, MTA is taking a major step in integrating the historic rail service territories of Manhattan. The East Side Access project, with construction estimated at $3.2 billion, is already underway and, by 2009, will give LIRR passengers direct access to Grand Central Terminal, in addition to LIRR's existing Penn Station terminus.

As SEC, Parsons Transportation Group's responsibilities will include integrating a state-of-the-art train control design with existing systems for the nation's busiest commuter railroad. Parsons Transportation Group received Notice to Proceed on July 6, 1999.

Robert S. O'Neil, president of Parsons Transportation Group, said: "East Side Access is one of the most ambitious transportation projects in New York City since the days of Robert Moses. We are extremely proud to be part of the MTA team."

LIRR trains will access Grand Central Terminal from Queens via the nearly completed 63rd Street Tunnel under the East River. Under the $103 million SEC contract, Parsons will provide systemwide planning and final design for the railroad's track, power, signal, and communication systems from Sunnyside Yard in Queens to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, including interlocking improvement to support operations at LIRR's Harold and proposed new interlocking facilities.

Parsons Transportation Group will also be responsible for design of the new LIRR station within Grand Central Terminal, modifications to NYC Transit's Lexington Avenue IRT Station, and operational improvements and support facilities at Sunnyside Yard.

Having successfully managed the award-winning Washington Metrorail system as the General Engineering Consultant, Parsons Transportation Group is recognized as a world leader in rail engineering. The 106-mile Metrorail program was recently designated by the International Tunneling Association as the most outstanding underground planning, design, and construction achievement in the United States during the last 25 years.

Parsons Transportation Group is a global business unit of the Parsons Corp. It is founded on the outstanding accomplishments of its core engineering firms of DeLeuw Cather, Steinman, and Barton-Aschman.

Parsons Transportation Group has contributed to major tunneling and rail programs in the United States and abroad, including the Boston Central Artery, the English Channel Tunnel, the Washington Metrorail, the Kuala Lumpur Light Rail, and the Tunnel and Reservoir Project in Chicago.

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