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MBTA Accessible Transit Infrastructure Wins ACEC/MA Award

Boston – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named STV and Geonetics as a winner of their 2020 Bronze Engineering Excellence Award for their joint work on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Plan for Accessible Transit Infrastructure (PATI) report for proposed improvements.

The 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards were recently announced and will be celebrated at the 2021 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. The awards celebrate innovation, ingenuity, and excellence in engineering achievement.

As part of an ongoing effort to provide barrier-free access to bus and rail passengers, the MBTA selected STV and Geonetics to develop a comprehensive Plan for Accessible Transit Infrastructure (PATI), to increase accessibility for disabled passengers. Geonetics created an intuitive software program that was used across the city’s intricate bus and rail systems. STV then used the data gathered to build a framework that prioritized the upgrades in the MBTA’s 20-year improvement plan. The (PATI) report included proposed improvements – from removing barriers to adding ADA-compliant support and refurbishing existing stations. The findings detailed in the PATI report, completed under budget, will facilitate accessibility upgrades that address transportation barriers faced by Boston’s disabled passengers.

Founded more than 100 years ago, STV provides architectural, engineering, planning, environmental, and construction management services for transportation systems, infrastructure, buildings, energy, and other facilities.

Geonetics is a 20-year-old boutique custom software development firm based in Boston. Core competencies include enterprise software, GIS integration, and legacy system and data integration.