Metrolinx Rapid Transit Program
Highly ambitious transit expansion program transforming the way people travel in Greater Toronto.
Jeff Rankin is CH2M’s Operations Lead for Transit Services and Senior Project Manager for Vehicles on the Metrolinx Rail Transit Program in Toronto. Jeff leads a team of Metrolinx and consultant staff working in a collaborative environment to advance unique and innovative technologies in transit design. For example, when his Metrolinx client asked for a standardized rail vehicle to operate on a variety of new transit lines (including an elevated structure, tunnels and on street medians), he worked closely with the vehicle builder, client staff and his CH2M colleagues to develop the specification. Innovations in design included a level boarding system so that entry onto the vehicle is safe and accessible to everyone.
Says Jeff, "We solve complex problems together - sitting side by side with Metrolinx and other consultant staff every day, working as an integrated team. We are so embedded that we forget that different organizations sign our paychecks."
Jeff is passionate about researching emerging technologies and exploring different approaches that will help him meet his clients’ goals. For the Toronto Transportation Commission, he supported the development of the specifications and the procurement process for one of the largest light rail vehicle procurements in North America. Jeff also spent eight years in Boston and worked with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority where he researched and helped implement environmental technologies that drastically reduced the MBTA’s vehicle emissions.
Jeff has been with CH2M for 18 years and says he loves the range of opportunities he’s been given, from working on large multi-year projects that transform transit to small focused studies that support crucial client decisions.