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State & Local

State of Maryland

Light Rail Control Center

OPS Consulting assisted the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) in upgrading the Baltimore Central Light Rail Operations Control Center to support the Central Light Rail Line (CLRL) double track expansion. Prior to starting this effort, the MTA required a Software Requirements Specification (SRS) to be written in accordance with IEEE-STD 830-1998 (IEEE Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specification). We delivered an SAS, conducted and prepared a Software Requirements Review, and prepared and submitted a Contract Specification Book (RFP) for use by the MTA.


OPS Consulting supported the MTA with System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) documentation and procurement planning support for the NEXT System. The NEXT System is expected to comprise a fully integrated Computer Aided Dispatch and Automated Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL) system for the Baltimore bus fleet and ITS applications such as next vehicle arrival signs, public announcement systems, and closed circuit video surveillance systems. Prior to commencement of the procurement effort, the MTA required a suite of Software Development Life Cycle documents (Concept Proposal, Project Management Charter, ITPR, System Boundary Document, Risk Management Plan, Project Management Plan).

MTA ERP Feasibility Study

OPS Consulting assisted the MTA in planning for a future upgrade of its payroll system. As part of the scope for this effort, we conducted a high-level requirements analysis of the MTA payroll system. This included interviews of domain experts, review of existing system documentation, and research at other transportation metropolitan agencies with similar operational systems. The payroll feasibility study addressed six basic issues: current environment, desired future environment, industry best practices and direction of ERP II systems, lessons learned from other agencies which have conducted similar upgrades, and a draft of the first four Software Development Life Cycle documents.