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URS To Provide Design Services For LRT Project

September 28, 2006

URS Corporation recently announced that the Company, under a subcontract with Parsons Brinckerhoff, will provide final design services to the Hampton Roads Transit Authority for the Norfolk light rail transit project in Norfolk, Virginia. The contract includes a three-year base period and an additional two-year option period. The five-year contract has a maximum value of $10 million to URS.

The new Norfolk LRT system will encompass a 7.4 mile alignment beginning at a western terminus near the Eastern Virginia Medical Center and ending at a terminus at Newtown and Kempsville Road at the border of the City of Virginia Beach. Project elements will include 11 stations with an initial fleet of 9 LRT vehicles. The LRT alignment utilizes a combination of an exclusive double-track guideway following an old Norfolk Southern Railroad right-of-way and dedicated LRT right-of-way along downtown Norfolk City streets. An LRT vehicle storage and maintenance facility along with four park-and-rides would also be constructed as part of the project.

Construction on the initial segment of the LRT system is scheduled to begin in mid 2007, with completion slated for December 2009. Upon commencement of the construction and procurement contracts, URS and PB will provide engineering support services for construction, fabrication and installation of the rail system as well as construction inspection services.

Editors Note: The design services for the Norfolk LRT project is headed by Parsons Brinckerhoff with URS as its leading subconsultant. The previous news release posted on 9-28-06 did not correctly name Parsons Brinckerhoff as the leading consultant. The two firms have been working together throughout the planning, conceptual engineering and environmental clearance for this project for the last 6 years. We regret the error.

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