On January 24, 2019, SEPTA awarded HNTB a $7.2 million contract to complete 15% design for the KOP Rail project. This Preliminary Engineering (PE) phase will be completed concurrently with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The PE work will address alignment refinements of the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), confirm station locations, and opportunities to reduce or mitigate adverse impacts on the community and environment. This may include traffic, noise, and visual impacts. The designs that will be completed at the end of this phase are still preliminary, and will not be ready for construction. The contract also includes analysis of the requirements for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts Program.