Feasibility Studies

In one of our nation’s earliest examples of a transit feasibility study, LTK was enlisted in 1935 to develop a plan for the Philadelphia to Camden, NJ rapid transit line.  That plan was the genesis of the highly successful PATCO High Speed Line.  Since then, the firm has participated in numerous transit planning evaluations, feasibility studies and alternatives analyses for a wide range of clients.

Because LTK’s experience covers all phases of project development, from preliminary planning through revenue operation, we can begin the planning process with a broad overview of the situation and then quickly focus on practical alternatives.  In doing so, we are able to work with and understand the needs of both public sector planners and private sector developers.  We recognize that a successful project must be:

  • Politically acceptable (to the community)
  • Financially affordable
  • Technically feasible and compatible with available rights-of-way,
  • Safe and reliable
  • Operationally capable of serving real markets as part of a total transportation system

Throughout the planning stages for both large and small transit systems, these proven principles are applied.  LTK experts are capable of completing feasibility level engineering for a variety of technologies and for fixed facilities, vehicles and support systems.  We prepare operating and maintenance plans and develop estimates of capital and operating costs.

LTK has accumulated a wealth of experience in rail rolling stock maintenance requirements and operations strategies.  Our clients draw on this experience to provide practical and economic solutions to their multi-modal transportation planning needs.

Our approach in implementing feasibility studies is to emphasize workable solutions recognizing the on-going technology and institutional changes taking place in the transit and railroad industries.  Based on our many years of involvement in urban and intercity transportation, we know that good transit systems grow from good planning.  Our practical background, experience and first hand knowledge of the environment in which rail vehicles must operate provide a valuable resource for our clients.