FTA PMO Region IX - Omnitrans/RCTC/Caltrain/AC Transit

FTA Region IX serves 141 grantees and oversees billions in federal funding distributed across more than 800 active grants for transit projects and initiatives. KKCS has provided Project Management Oversight Contractor (PMOC) services for FTA and has overseen projects for the following Region IX grantees:

  • Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit)
  • Caltrain
  • Omnitrans
  • Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC)
  • Sacramento Regional Transit District
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

AC Transit – East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Project

The East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is a 17-mile route extending from downtown Berkeley through downtown Oakland into San Leandro. The $234.6 million project features traffic lanes converted for exclusive BRT use and Intelligent Transportation System projects related to signal treatments and signal coordination throughout the BRT alignment. The project includes the design and construction of 49 BRT stations and is projected to service approximately 24,400 boardings a day when completed.

As the PMOC, KKCS is providing oversight support for project execution on behalf of FTA. This role covers contract and program support, project management reviews, as well as technical reviews related to the Environmental, Advanced Preliminary Engineering, and Final Design phases; implementation of value engineering and peer review recommendations; third party agreement status; Caltrans interface; real estate acquisitions; utility relocations; construction packaging and procurement; grantee technical capacity and capability to enter construction; status of the Project Management Plan and related documents; an Annual New Starts submittal; and design quality assessments.

Caltrain – Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program. The PCEP will convert diesel propulsion to electric propulsion with electricity delivered to the trains through overhead wires from San Francisco’s 4th and King Caltrain Station to approximately the Tamien Caltrain Station. Service will increase up to six Caltrain trains per peak hour per direction. The primary purpose of the project is to improve Caltrain system performance; reduce long-term environmental impacts through noise, greenhouse gas emission, and air pollution reduction; and provide system compatibility for eventual blended service with the planned High-Speed Rail system.

KKCS evaluated the PCEP to ensure the reasonableness, quality, completeness, and reliability of the project scope, cost, and schedule as well as the technical capacity and capability of the Joint Powers Board to execute the project. Services included the evaluation of various project components to ensure compliance with FTA guidelines.

Omnitrans – “E” Street Corridor BRT (sbX)

Omnitrans' sbX is the first BRT project to service California’s Inland Empire. This $191 million project consists of 15.7 miles of combined mixed-use and dedicated BRT lanes, 16 stations, four park-and-ride facilities, as well as 14 articulated, five-door, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. The project reduced vehicle congestion and now provides the public with an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost-effective, and time efficient.

KKCS provided oversight and technical assistance from preliminary engineering through construction and project completion. Oversight tasks included conducting structured assessments of Omnitrans’ technical capacity and capability to complete the project as well as monitoring design, value engineering, Buy America compliance, vehicle procurement, the community outreach process, cost and schedule controls, quality management, construction management, and safety/security.

RCTC – Perris Valley Commuter Rail Extension

The $248.3 million project extended Metrolink commuter rail service approximately 24 miles to the southeast on the San Jacinto Branch Line rail corridor. The project included four stations in the Riverside Hunter Park business area, Moreno Valley/March Field, Downtown Perris, and South Perris.

As the PMOC for FTA, KKCS performed oversight tasks such as conducting a Grant Agreement Readiness Review, reviewing project management plans and their implementation, monitoring RCTC’s coordination with Metrolink's Positive Train Control component, assessing the technical capacity and capability of RCTC, as well as monitoring project development, pre-construction, and construction activities.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)


Program Value
$2.2 billion

Services Provided
Program/Project Management Oversight