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Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit

New Jersey<br style='line-height:2px'>New Jersey Transit

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit is a vital light rail connection that links the growing cities of the Hudson River Waterfront. It is the first public transit project in the nation to use the design-build-operate-maintain construction methodology. 

Prior to joining HAKS, Francisco Ruela, AIA, LEED AP, served as Project Design Manager for final architectural designs of 15 stations and systemwide landscape and urban design for the $550 million, 9.5-mile initial operating segment, which runs through Bayonne and Jersey City, for NJ Transit. The work included preparation of final design documents for various system elements, including canopies, plazas, ticket vending machines, and systemwide signage. The 34th Street Station includes a 140-foot pedestrian bridge over the active trackwork and a lighted tower that illuminates the pedestrian plaza.

Mr. Ruela also served as Principal Design Manager for final architectural design of six stations and systemwide landscaping design for the subsequent operating segment of the line, which runs from Jersey City to Weehawken and Union City. This segment included design for station platforms, a 133-foot elevator tower at the 9th Street Station and a tensile structure at the Port Imperial Station. He was also responsible for associated plazas, park-and-ride lots and streetscape design. Landscaping included irrigation systems, station plazas, and coordination with artists as part of the Arts-in-Transit program.