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Senior Vice President - Engineeri...

Local Address: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Metro St. Louis

Employment History

  • Senior Vice President, Engineering and New Systems Development
  • Project Director
  • Project Manager
  • Project Director
    Cross County MetroLink
  • Senior Vice President, Engineering and New Systems Development
    Moving Transit Forward
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Web References
Chris Poehler, ..., 24 Mar 2012 [cached]
Chris Poehler, Metro's senior vice president for engineering and new systems development, said the price increases were largely anticipated and included the cost of purchasing additional ticket vending machines - particularly at bus transfer centers - to make the system more accessible.
"Almost all of these issues are the exercising of options," said Chris Poehler, Metro's senior vice president for engineering and new systems development. "This is not uncommon. We anticipated we were going to have these types of things, but obviously we didn't know to what extent."
Poehler said the agency learned that it would need the additional equipment and warranties by studying other transit agencies with similar fare systems.
Metro is paying for the automated fare system with the assistance of federal grants.
Commissioner Richard Labore quizzed Poehler about the cost increases and whether they represent uncontrolled "creep," a term used to describe public projects that gradually increase in price.
"That's correct," Poehler answered. "We think we've identified everything. Once we start rolling the system out, I can't say things aren't going to pop up. We've tried to be very diligent and identify everything."
Poehler said the launch of the new smart card system was expected within the next two years.
STLtoday - News - St. Louis City / County, 25 Aug 2006 [cached]
At about $95 million, it is the most expensive part of the $678 million extension, said Chris Poehler, Metro's project director for the extension.
Chris Poehler, a project ..., 1 Oct 2007 [cached]
Chris Poehler, a project manager for Metro, said the proposed light-rail line would be separate from the existing system, using vehicles that would be slightly different from the existing trains.
Swindler Transit New Articles for the ERA [cached]
Chris Poehler, P.E, project director for Cross County MetroLink, says the new extension is the most challenging of all the MetroLink segments. "I've worked on all four of them, and this one is very different and more challenging because of the corridor," he says. "Part of the alignment is on abandoned rail right-of-way, but the first half of the extension - the east-west part - is not. It is situated in a tight corridor and construction is taking place very near people's homes, so the main issue is coordination with people in the various communities."
Cross County MetroLink features a significant amount of below grade construction. "We have small tunnels on the existing MetroLink alignment, but nothing compares to the large tunnels we have on this project," Poehler says.
Poehler adds, "There are a lot of community issues we've had to address while working so close to houses.
"Plus, there are six more contracts that all relate to station finishes," Poehler says. "We have broken up the contracts in an attempt to get lots of participation by small, local firms, and minority- and women-owned businesses."
Currently, approximately 650 workers are involved with the project. "There is a lot of activity," Poehler says.
"Siemens made all the original cars for us, and this is our fourth purchase from them," Poehler says.
According to Poehler, MetroLink has come a long way since its beginnings. "Building the first segment was the toughest part - there was a lot of opposition to it," he says. "A lot of people said light rail was never going to fly in St. Louis, and it took a lot of effort to get it done. But we have exceeded ridership projections and MetroLink has been a great success."
"What really makes our light rail system standout from other cities is that in addition to good commuter ridership we have a lot of special event ridership for all the activities downtown - baseball, hockey, football, concerts, etc.," Poehler explains.
Christopher ..., 23 Nov 2010 [cached]
Christopher Poehler Senior Vice President Engineering and New Systems Development
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