Our engineering services include:

People Movers-Comprehensive Engineering Services

LM Transit has extensive design, engineering, and construction management experience on People Mover Systems.  Our experience includes planning, conceptual, preliminary and final design, detailed engineering, project and construction management, inspections, and testing/commissioning for all people mover subsystems. Our experience includes guideway foundations and structure, guideway switches, stations, integrated stations (into existing buildings), control centers, operations/maintenance facilities, power rail, power distribution, communications systems, passenger vehicles, maintenance and specialty vehicles, ergonomics and man/machine interfaces, and fixed/moving block/CBTC train control systems.  Many of our designs have been completed with three dimensional computer modeling, simulation, visualization, and animation.  Our firm has also worked on the research and development of transit technologies including mag-lev and people movers, with primary focus on vehicles, guideway, switches, winterization, and power rail design.  Our people mover experience includes airport systems, downtown people movers, monorails for convention centers and theme parks, corporate business parks, resort developments, colleges/universities, medical centers, and national parks. We have worked on 11 people mover systems which have been built or are under construction, as well as system planning and conceptual/preliminary designs for more than 45 additional people mover systems.  Our services include:

  • Master Planning, System Definition
  • Program Management
  • Technology Assessment & Selection
  • Procurement Support
  • Evaluation & Upgrades to existing People Movers
  • Feasibility Studies, Alternative Analysis
  • System Route / Alignment Planning
  • System Passenger Capacity Analysis
  • Value Engineering
  • System Life Cycle, Capital and Operations/Maintenance Cost Estimation
  • Failure Management Plans
  • 3D Modeling, Simulation, Animation, Renderings
  • Safety Planning, Security Planning
Research & Development
  • R&D Support for Manufacturers
  • Definition of Applicable Codes
  • Research of Existing Systems
  • System Design Criteria Development – Vehicles
  • System Design Criteria Development – All Subsystems
  • Component Vendor/Supplier Coordination
  • Sliding Contact/Power Rail System Velocity/Acceleration/Jerk Analysis
  • Guideway Heating Systems


Power Rail/Power Distribution
  • Power Rail/Substation Design
  • Power Cabling/Conduit
  • Power Isolation
  • Power Feeds, Expansion Connections
  • Automated Power Rail Software for Guideway Connections, Bending/Fabrication/Pre-Assembly
  • Specialized Tooling for Installation
  • Design Criteria Development
  • Vehicle Loading Analysis
  • Load Cases, Load Combinations
  • Fatigue Loading
  • Foundations
  • Columns
  • Guideway Structure
  • Reinforced Concrete and Steel Structure Design
  • Bolt Up and Welded Connections
  • Expansion Connections
  • Paint Systems
  • Anti-Corrosion Systems
  • Conduits, Cabling
  • Interfaces to power, control, vehicle systems
  • Guideway Winterization
  • Guideway Heating Systems
  • Guideway Switching Systems
  • Transfer Tables, Slide, Pivot, Rotary Switches
  • Hydraulic/Electrical Locking Systems


  • Facility planning and optimization
  • Station Buildings & Platforms, Ramps, Walkways, Queing Areas, Stairs, Operator/Equipment Rooms, Canopies
  • Reinforced Concrete and Steel Structure Design
  • PA systems, VMS, CCTV, Intercom, Telephones, Automated Fare Collection, Fire/Security Systems
  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Control Centers/Equipment Rooms
  • Central Control Hardware/Software
  • Raised Flooring Systems
  • Consoles, Ergonomics
  • Operator/Dispatch Workstations
  • Overview Displays
  • Display Projection Systems
  • Specialized Equipment Mounting
  • Maintenance Bays
  • Transfer Tables/Switching Yards
  • Maintenance Information Systems
Control/Communications Systems
  • Collision Avoidance Systems
  • Signal Rail, Cab/Wayside Signaling
  • Switch Interlockings
  • Communications Based Train Control
  • Local and Wide Area Networks
  • Vehicle Networks/Controls
  • Substation SCADA
  • Fire/Security Systems
  • CCTV Systems
  • Control Centers
  • Radio Systems – UHF/VHF, Trunked Radio, P25 Interoperable Radio
  • CAD/AVL Systems
  • Telephones, VOIP
  • Public Address/Intercom
  • Variable Message Signs
  • Passenger Information Systems
  • Automated Fare Collection
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Station/Wayside SCADA


Passenger/Support Vehicles
  • Module Frames/Chassis
  • Bogie/Suspension Systems
  • Passenger Capacity Analysis
  • Loading  Conditions Definition
  • FEA structure analysis
  • Human Factors, Ergonomics
  • ADA compliance, code compliance
  • Drive Control systems
  • Vehicle Control systems
  • Vehicle Computing System Networks
  • Smart Vehicles, Driver Consoles
  • Velocity, Acceleration, Jerk Profiles
  • Vehicle Tractive Effort Calculations
  • Motor Duty Cycle Modeling
  • Passenger Evacuation Systems
  • Tires, Brakes, Run Flat Systems
  • Drive Motors, Drive Train
  • Passenger Seating, Flooring
  • Module to Module Connections
  • HVAC, Windows
  • Exterior/Interior Panel Materials
  • Couplers, Connections
  • Emergency Response/Recovery, Passenger Evacuation Vehicles
  • Construction/Installation Vehicles

Rail Transit & Bus System - Communications

Our rail transit and bus experience includes light rail, commuter rail, heavy rail/subways, and city/regional bus systems. This experience includes primarily communications system planning, communications engineering, information systems/information technology services, and systems integration. We have worked on more than 20 transit systems and line extensions that have been built or are currently under construction.  We are a leader in implementing state of the art, open architecture, digital broadband data, audio and video communications systems. These systems utilize Gigabit Ethernet, Synchronous Optical Networks (SONET), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switches, fiber optic and wireless communications backbones, Ethernet enabled station and remote devices, Ethernet access for serial data devices, user friendly man-machine interfaces, and ergonomically friendly control centers. Our broad range of transit system experience gives our firm the unique ability to understand the interfaces to all transit subsystems in the field, and as part of central control software and the man/machine interface.  Our goal is to assist transit system operators in improving service to their customers by providing information to passengers and improving on time performance of transit systems.  Our communications engineering services include:

Communications Planning

  • Development of overall data/voice/video network topologies
  • System master planning
  • Assessment of communications technologies
  • Analyzing costs and benefits of communication system alternatives
  • Value engineering to determine the best price and performance for available communication system options
  • Preparation of implementation plans for phased construction and budgeting of communication systems
  • Coordination/Sharing fiber optic cable, innerduct and conduit
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services, Network Mapping
Passenger Information Systems
  • Public Address Systems
  • Visual Messaging Systems
  • Visual Message Signs
  • LCD Displays
  • Station control units
  • Passenger Internet Information Systems
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance

Communications Backbones

  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • ATM
  • Microwave
  • Routing & Switching
  • Firewalls
  • Fiber & innerduct
  • Shared use of public fiber, innerduct and conduit
  • Underground duct banks and conduit
  • Media converters, GBICs
  • Ethernet serial access servers
  • EIA 232/422/485 serial interfaces
SCADA Systems
  • Traction Power control and monitoring
  • Centralized Traffic Control
  • Fire & Security Systems
  • Station monitoring and control
  • PLCs/RTUs
  • Weather Stations
  • Blue light stations
  • Airport control panels
  • Station control panels
Intrusion Detection/Security
  • Closed Circuit Television Systems (CCTV)
  • Infrared Illuminators
  • Tunnel Portal Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Tunnel Security Systems
  • Wayside Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Facility Security Systems


Fare Collection

  • Station and Central LANs
  • Central Servers
  • Smartcard Systems, Interface Devices
  • Fare Collection Machines
  • Windows 95 / 98 / ME / XP / NT / 2000 / 2003 and Unix, Servers and Clients
  • Development of software functional and detailed specifications
  • Programming/coding in Visual C++, Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Autolisp and Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Preparation of Software Requirements Specifications (SRS), Software Design Descriptions (SDD), and Software Validation and Verification Plans (SVV)
  • SCADA point database development
  • Control center graphics and software
  • Miser, Factory Link, and VDD
Vehicle Networks – Bus & Train
  • On board data acquisition systems
  • On board CCTV systems
  • Automatic Passenger Counting Systems
  • Vehicle to Wayside Wireless Networks
  • Passenger Internet Systems
  • Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Systems
Control Centers
  • Overview Displays
  • Projectors, LCD Displays
  • Control Center ergonomics design
  • Software & Graphics, Man/Machine Interface
  • Central control LANs
  • Console/Equipment integration


Train Control & Train Management
  • Centralized Traffic Control
  • Computer Aided Dispatch / Automatic Vehicle Location systems (CAD/AVL)
  • Communications Based Train Control
  • ATCS Data Radio

Radio Communications

  • UHF, VHF Radio
  • Trunked Radio Systems
  • Tunnel Radio Systems
  • ATCS Data Radio
  • Broadband, Narrowband DataInteroperability

Telephone systems

  • Voice Over IP Telephones
  • Voice Over IP Gateways
  • Service Telephones
  • Maintenance Telephones
  • Emergency/Fire Telephones
  • Blue Light Stations
  • Channel Banks
  • Push to Talk Telephones
  • Integration with Public Address Systems

Wireless Networks

  • WiFi/WiMax wireless networking
  • Wireless access points, repeaters, clients
  • Wireless routers and bridges
  • Remote solar powered sites


System Imtegraton

The combined experience of our staff covers all transit subsystems including Vehicles, Communications, Signals, Street Traffic Controllers, Global Positioning systems, Computer Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL), Overhead Contact Systems, Power Rail/Third Rail/Contact Rail, Traction Power Substations, Ticket Vending Equipment, Stations and Station equipment, Maintenance/Control Facilities, Underground Duct Banks, and Trackwork/Guideway. This experience makes our design and implementation of transit systems better, because we understand all subsystems, and the interfaces between subsystems.  Our systems integration experience includes:
  • Transit Subsystem Interface definition matrix
  • Determination of Vehicle Dynamic Envelopes, interfaces with guideway and stations.
  • Vehicle/Guideway dynamics, ride comfort for passengers
  • Vehicle structural loading, interfaces to Guideway.
  • Interface between the guideway and power distribution/control systems
  • Physical and electrical interfaces including enclosures, conduit, rack space, terminal strip, grounding interfaces
  • Subsystem contract interfaces and riser diagrams


  • Onboard Vehicle Control and Automation Systems, interface of drive/braking and ancillary systems with operator consoles/operator
  • Data Protocol Interfaces
  • Device interaction and sequence of operations, for all devices controlled and monitored remotely
  • SCADA point database, function and graphics definition, both wayside and onboard vehicles
  • Hydraulic/electrical actuators, interlockings at switching locations
  • Guideway heating/winterization
  • Interfaces to passengers, human factors studies
  • Applications of codes and standards to various subsystems and entire system


Construction Management

Our staff has extensive construction management experience on new transit projects, as well as retrofit and rehabilitation projects.  Our staff has the field experience and skills to successfully complete projects on time and in a cost effective manner.  Our Construction/Project Management experience includes:

  • Field Engineering Support
  • Construction Inspection
  • Construction Surveying
  • Contract Administration
  • Contract Management
  • Project Management
  • Contractor submittal review
  • Project controls, QA/QC
  • Project construction schedules
  • CPM scheduling
  • Cost Estimation, Value Engineering
  • Plan constructability reviews
  • Preparation of construction budgets
  • Bidding/procurement support
  • Bid evaluations
  • Preparation of testing procedures
  • Testing support
  • First article inspection, factory testing/commissioning
  • Integration testing and commissioning support
  • As-built surveys, preparation of as-built drawings
  • Construction layout and staking

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