Peter Gyulavary, A.I.C.P., M.R.A.P.I.
Project Manager



Masters/1986/Urban Planning

Professional Registration:

1989/American Institute of Certified Planners/#6738
1991/Royal Australian Planning Institute/#3127


Trained in architecture and planning, Mr. Gyulavary has 18 years of experience in the management, planning, and engineering of transportation projects, working both in the private and public sectors of the transportation industry.  His technical skills stem from all phases of development:  planning, design, and construction.  He has performed feasibility studies, alternatives analysis processes, site selection studies, financial and economic development analyses, and cost estimates for light rail, bus, automated guideway, and commuter rail systems.  Mr. Gyulavary coordinated public involvement programs of varying size and scope in connection with these projects.  He has managed or participated in more than 40 planning and environmental studies consistent with federal, state, and municipal requirements in over a dozen states across the United States.  Internationally, his experience includes Australia, Britain, India, and Sri Lanka.


Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Waterfront Transit Line Major Investment Study; Cleveland, Ohio.  Project manager for a Major Investment Study (MIS) to extend the Waterfront Transit Line in downtown Cleveland.  The scope of services includes the identification and conceptual engineering of alternatives; the development of a public involvement program; the preparation of transit operating plans; the evaluation and comparison of transit strategies; the identification of economic development opportunities; the preparation of financial plans; and conducting an environmental analysis.  The MIS will lead to local consensus and federal approval of an effective downtown distribution system.

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Maglev Deployment Program; Various Locations in the United States.  Principal planning and environmental consultant.  In addition to being  responsible for preparing a guidance and criteria document to ensure uniform and consistent submittal of environmental analyses for each of the seven projects, he is directing the preparation of a report evaluating the conceptual feasibility of the seven projects to assist the FRA in selecting one or more projects for final deployment.  The projects are located in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Orlando.  The objective of this $1 billion program is to select one project applicant to design, construct, and operate the first commercially feasible Maglev high speed rail system traveling at 240 miles per hour.  Mr. Gyulavary is leading the consultant environmental review team which will monitor the progress of each applicant's environmental study through field visits and assessment of the environmental studies.

Federal Transit Administration Program Management Oversight; Tren Urbano in San Juan, Puerto Rico and LYNX in Orlando, Florida.  Program Management Oversight (PMO) consultant to the Federal Transit Authority on two assignments.  The Tren Urbano project in San Juan, Puerto Rico involves the construction of a new 11-mile, heavy rail, rapid transit system serving the most densely populated and heavily congested portions of the country's capital.  Ridership is expected to exceed 114,000 daily boardings.  The project is currently under construction at a cost of $1.1 billion and is one of the four Turnkey Demonstration Projects being funded by ISTEA.  The LYNX project in Orlando is in the planning stages.  The proposed Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) is a Minimum Operating Segment (MOS) 15 miles long to connect the attractions district along International Drive with downtown.  The MOS will cost $600 million and is scheduled to be in revenue service by year 2001.  For both projects, Mr. Gyulavary is responsible for evaluating the Project Management Plan implementation and reviewing all planning efforts for consistency with FTA guidelines and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Old Colony Railroad Rehabilitation Project, The Greenbush Line; Boston, Massachusetts.  Consultant responsible for performing an independent analysis of the permitting schedule, environmental impact statement, and proposed mitigation for the reactivation of commuter service on the Greenbush Line.  This project will alleviate increased levels of congestion and air pollution as a result of growth and development in the corridor.  However, the project will impact historic resources and wetlands, and has received close public and local political scrutiny.

Florida East Coast Railway Company (FEC), Beeline Rail Corridor; Broward and Orange Counties, Florida.  Consultant to the FEC in support of their proposal to lease part of the Beeline Expressway (State Route 528) right-of-way.  He reviewed proposed plans, analyzed ridership data, and evaluated the transportation and environmental impact of the proposal to implement both freight and commuter rail operations between Orlando International Airport and Cape Canaveral.

St. Louis MetroLink Extension Final Design; St. Louis, Missouri.  Mr. Gyulavary managed the completion of the MIS/DEIS for the $440 million, 26-mile extension of the MetroLink light rail systems in St. Louis and obtained a Record of Decision within 12 months.  As deputy project manager, he was responsible for acquiring all environment permits; preparing financial reports; summarizing capital and overhead/maintenance (O&M) costs; contract administration and budget control; station area planning and development; value engineering/peer review; and public relations.  He managed a staff consisting of in-house and subconsultant personnel to perform these activities. This work followed the successful completion of preliminary engineering and the award of a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for the extension.

St. Louis MetroLink LRT Extension Preliminary Engineering; St. Louis, Missouri.  Deputy project manager responsible for completion of five of the thirteen tasks as part of the preliminary engineering effort.  These tasks included completing the MIS/DEIS with a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS); implementing a public involvement program; studying joint development opportunities; preparing a financial report that summarizes capital and O&M Costs; and preparing patronage forecasts.  The project involved extending the existing MetroLink service an additional 26 miles from East St. Louis to the newly constructed Mid-America Airport.  Twelve new stations are planned for the extension.

Newark International Airport Ground Access Monorail - NEC Connection; Newark, New Jersey.  Project manager responsible for preparation of a $250 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) EIS consistent with FAA order 5050.4A for the extension of the Monorail from Newark International Airport to the Northeast Railroad Corridor.  He coordinated the analysis developed by a multi disciplinary team of environmental specialists covering 22 impact areas.  The project addressed the acquisition of right-of-way for the monorail alignment which would require an amendment to the airport layout plan.  Due to the induced demand of additional enplanements, the FEIS also evaluated the airside impacts including noise, air quality, and waste management.  His participation also included developing the methodology for identifying a preferred alignment alternative from six options.

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) East Side Access MIS/DEIS; Manhattan and Queens, New York.  Manager for the planning and environmental technical studies for this major investment study (MIS) project which included defining the impact methodologies, coordinating the work of a multi disciplinary team, and ensuring that the Federal Transit Administration's MIS guidelines were being met.  The estimated $3 billion project involved providing LIRR access to the East Side of Manhattan and a terminus at either the historic Grand Central Terminal or at Third Avenue.  The LIRR would access Manhattan via the 63rd Street Tunnel under the East River from Queens.

Worcester Development Authority Union Station Redevelopment MIS; Worcester, Massachusetts.  Planning consultant responsible for advising on the scope of work for the preparation of the Major Investment Study (MIS) and providing peer review support for developing the alternatives analysis study.

Waterborne Transportation System Feasibility Study; New York City, New York.  Project manager of a site selection and evaluation study for ferry docking sites in the five boroughs of New York City to facilitate the waterborne transport of inmates, staff, and visitors between Riker's Island and the surrounding boroughs.  The objective of the study was to determine the feasibility of providing an alternate means of access to Riker's Island.  An inventory of waterfront sites was identified for areas within a 15-minute drive to borough courts and within a 10-minute walk to public transportation in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Metro-North Railroad Upper Harlem Line Improvements; Westchester County, New York.  Manager and coordinator for the historic preservation activities related to the proposed removal and dismantling of a historic freight structure determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in the Village of Pawling, New York.  Activities included compiling visual and documentary evidence to justify the relocation or demolition of this structure to satisfy Section 106 Requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  Working closely with a historic preservation specialist, he was also involved in developing a strategy for Metro-North to negotiate the disposition of the structure with the local municipality.

Metro-North Railroad Rail Upper Hudson Line Station Environmental Assessment; Dutchess and Westchester Counties, New York.  Manager for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment pursuant to an FTA directive.  The project involved planned improvements for nine stations on Metro-North's Upper Hudson line and included the decommissioning of two stations, upgrading of six stations, and development of a new station.  The historic preservation concerns associated with the modification of the older stations were a major issue.  All construction had to comply with the U.S. Department of Interior architectural guidelines.

LIRR Rail Station Parking Study; Long Island, New York.  Planning consultant providing technical guidance in inventorying and surveying the utilization and condition of parking lots at over 100 rail stations, comprising almost all the stations of the Long Island Rail Road.  The results of the survey were used in prioritizing a station improvement program.

LIRR Parking Rehabilitation and Expansion Program; Long Island, New York.  Consultant to the LIRR on the need to prepare environmental studies and analyses consistent with SEQRA in order to meet its obligation as the Lead Agency.  Along with the filing of SEQRA Environmental Assessment Forms (EAS), a Preliminary Environmental Assessment Matrix was developed to determine if significant impacts would occur at those parking lots where rehabilitation consisted of only minor improvements.

Trans-Hudson Passenger Time Series Analysis; New Jersey and New York.  He prepared an analysis of Trans-Hudson commuter patterns from 1967 to 1985 by automobile, train, and bus during the a.m. and p.m. peak periods. The study discussed the changes in commuter patterns by mode, and cross referenced these changes to demographic trends. The analysis required manipulating trip data in both PC and mainframe computer environments.  The purpose of the study was to aid the Port Authority in long term planning of capital projects and in generating trip-making forecasts.

LIRR Station Hub Study and Concept Development; Farmingdale, New York.  Planning consultant providing technical guidance in developing real estate marketing data and analyzing land use characteristics to support the conceptualization of alternative options for an intermodal transportation hub. The objective of the study was to demonstrate the feasibility of reducing automobile commuting to the Route 110 Office Corridor by establishing an intermodal rail station facility.

Transshipment and Storage Siting Option Study; Brooklyn and Queens, New York.  Responsible for developing a study to identify options for the siting of a transshipment facility to serve as a transmodal facility for storing and moving sludge products between processing site markets.  The study focused on the under utilized freight line - the Bayridge Line - that transverses Brooklyn and Queens, linking the waterfront with the inland truck routes.

New York City Sludge Management Plan Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP); New York City, New York.  Project manager responsible for the preparation of ULURP applications for several sites located throughout the five boroughs of the city as part of the permitting and acquisition of sludge processing sites.  Revisions to the city charter required that the applications include a detailed response to the "fair share" criteria, calling for the fair and equitable distribution of city facilities among the boroughs and community districts.  The response to the criteria was precedent setting in that the sludge management plan was the first citywide program subject to the new procedures and requirements.  The ULURP process included several public meetings where Mr. Gyulavary supervised the preparation of presentation materials, information packages, providing expert testimony, and documenting the proceedings in responsiveness summaries.

Sludge Management Facilities Siting Alternatives; New York.  Project manager for the search for appropriate sludge management facility sites for the New York City Sludge Management Plan.  Over a dozen previous studies were reviewed, and many hundreds of sites screened throughout the city.  A hierarchical approach was used whereby the entire city was mapped into a geographic information system (GIS) displaying several layers of information.  The siting study was expanded into the entire state of New York, where several hundred acre sites were screened in a two-phased process by inventorying the natural resources of seven counties within a two-day truck trip to New York City.  Environmental Assessments were performed at 26 urban sites in New York City and 12 rural/suburban areas in New York State to narrow alternatives and select final sites.

New York City Department of Sanitation Geographic Coordinate Database; New York City, New York.  Planning consultant for the preparation of a geographic database as input into air quality models by extracting x, y, and z coordinates from United States Geologic Survey pre-digitized maps.  This effort was undertaken as part of the Department of Sanitation's ongoing efforts to better understand dispersion characteristics of air pollutant sources in the city.

New York City Department of Environment Protection; New York City, New York.  Planning consultant responsible for preparing and supervising land use, socioeconomic, transportation, cultural resources, coastal zone management, infrastructure, and visual resource elements of two major environmental impact statements (consistent with CEQRA) covering the dewatering and processing phases of the city's sludge management plan, and including the evaluation of over 20 sites in all the five boroughs.  He was also responsible for advice and interpretation on zoning related issues as they relate to proposals to construct dewatering and processing facilities with an array of performances standards including air quality, noise, odors, and hazardous waste.  In addition, he was responsible for managing the preparation of environmental assessments for six wastewater treatment plants and coordinating the technical inputs of a multi disciplinary team.

College of Staten Island Environmental Impact Statement; Staten Island, New York.  Planning consultant to review the proposed transportation routes for the development of a new city college campus on Staten Island, to ascertain impacts to the local street network and advise on mitigation measures.

Cogeneration Facility Environmental Impact Statement; Long Island, New York.  Project manager for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) for the proposed construction of a cogeneration facility at the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center located in a wooded suburban area of Long Island. The management of the impact statement involved compiling inputs from two co-developers and a multi disciplinary team.

Navy Housing Environmental Impact Study; Staten Island, New York.  Deputy project manager for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the development of over 2,000 housing units at four locations throughout Staten Island.  The housing was a mixture of high and low density along with detached residences to provide habitation for navy personnel assigned to the planned Surface Action Group Homeport.  Development proposals had to consider the natural resource preservation requirements of special district zoning overlays.

Central Delaware Airport Environmental Assessment; Delaware.  Manager for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment as part of the airport's site selection and master plan study consistent with FAA order 5050.4A.  One of the sites evaluated consisted of farmland and forest; airport development would have displaced a number of farm residences.

Kalu Ganga Multipurpose Project; Sri Lanka.  GIS specialist for development and installation of hardware for GIS and CAD as part of an integrated database.  He formulated the modeling of 6,000 miles of land area to provide inputs into hydraulic models and ascertain agricultural suitability.  He trained Sri Lankan counterparts in digitizing, use of ARC/INFO GIS software, and plotting.  He also developed policy with respect to data input.

Land filling Siting Alternatives, Design and Permitting; New York City, New York.  GIS specialist developing a thematic map overlay analysis (GIS) of environmental constraints for a number of disciplines in a 200-mile radius of New York City to establish potential sites for major waste disposal landfills meeting the state regulations for landfills.  The project involved review of master plans and zoning ordinances of several municipalities in upstate New York.

Resource Recovery Facility Assessment; Albany, New York.  Analyzed land use and aesthetic constraints to the siting of facility for a private sponsor in accordance with state and local municipality requirements.

Exxon Natural Resource Inventory; Bedminster, New Jersey.  Developed a computerized GIS for displaying and integrating an array of environmental data as a tool for designing a master plan for the expansion of Exxon's major research facility located in New Jersey.  The analysis included the use of photogrammetric data as input to slope zone analysis software.

Melrose Commons Environmental Impact Statement; Bronx, New York.  Planner responsible for preparing land use, socioeconomic, open space, and infrastructure portions of the environmental impact statement pursuant to CEQRA and for the proposed replacement of a blighted central city area with low to moderate income housing for Melrose Commons, located in the Bronx.  The analysis included a detailed business survey to evaluate the types and size of  businesses in the area and forecast trends for the future.

Mount Hope Hydroelectric Environmental Impact Statement; Mount Hope, New Jersey.  Planner responsible for preparing public participation materials for the Mount Hope, New Jersey project EIS.  These materials included color aerial and oblique rendered visual simulations of the proposed project, before and after construction.

Dayton Manor Housing Environmental Assessment, Naval Facilities Engineering Command; Brooklyn, New York.  Project manager for the preparation of an environmental assessment pursuant to NEPA.  The project involved the development of 120 housing units at a vacant apartment complex in Brooklyn to house senior Navy personnel.

Mill Basin Waterfront Special District Environmental Impact Statement; Brooklyn, New York.  Planner responsible for preparing land use, socioeconomic, open space, waterfront revitalization, and infrastructure portions of the environmental impact statement pursuant to CEQRA for the proposed development of luxury housing in a vacant waterfront formerly industrialized and located in the Mill Basin section of Brooklyn.  He also developed alternative build-out scenarios with a variety of urban design and density constraints.

Mayor's Transitional Housing Program Environmental Impact Statement; Queens, New York.  Planner responsible for the preparation of land use and socioeconomic aspects of the environmental impact statement for the development of a residence center in Queens to house 100 homeless families as part of the mayor's transitional housing program.

Hackensack Meadowlands Wetland Mitigation Plans; Secaucas, New Jersey.  Planner responsible for preparation of site plans delineating environmental resources for alternative wetland mitigation schemes by inventorying, quantifying, and analyzing natural resource data.

Somerset County Landfill Siting; Montgomery, New Jersey.  Planner responsible for evaluating Somerset County's solid waste siting study, and exploring alternatives to the prime candidate site which was being supported by the local township as a low income housing site.

Bellmead Development Corporation Natural Resource Inventory; Bellmead, New Jersey.  Planner responsible for evaluating environmental constraints to the development of a 40-acre site for a shopping mall.

Broadway Triangle Industrial Park Street Closing Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and Environmental Impact Statement; Brooklyn, New York.  Planner responsible for preparing a ULURP application that included integrating a site plan, project description, zoning computations, a tax map, and an infrastructure survey, as part of the consolidation of vacant city blocks into super blocks for the proposed Broadway Triangle Industrial Park in the Williamsburg and Bushwick sections of Brooklyn.  He also prepared the land use, socioeconomic, and infrastructure sections of the environmental impact statement for this urban renewal project.

Mill Creek Mall Hazardous Materials Site History; Secaucas, New Jersey.  Planner responsible for the preparation of a land use history for the Mill Creek Mall site located in the Hackensack Meadowlands, as part of a wider investigation of sewage discharges and related conditions at the site.  The land use history required researching century-old insurance maps (by Sanborn, Hopkins and Brush); reviewing historical topographical surveys, reports, and aerial photography; compiling a composite historic development map; as well as developing oral histories.Induced Development/Quality Housing Rezoning Environmental Impact Statement; New York City, New York.  Planner responsible for preparation of a market feasibility analysis of 30 neighborhoods throughout the New York City area where the maximum building envelope (the floor area ratio) was under utilized.  The analysis required surveying building permit activity, certificates of occupancy, housing census data, and production of housing market projections through 1996.

Westchester County Suburban Housing Construction; Westchester County, New York.  He prepared plans and supervised on-site construction of new residential housing in Westchester County.

Westchester County Historic Residential Survey; Westchester County, New York.  He performed a study of vernacular American housing throughout Westchester County.  The study involved identifying the major geometric forms (like saltbox and mansard) and selecting a dozen for more detailed study.  Measured drawings and photographs were used to document the architecture.

Architectural and Corporate Graphics; Melbourne, Australia.  Designer of graphic systems for multistory downtown office buildings located in Melbourne, Australia.  He coordinated fabrication and supervised on-site installation.  He also developed and implemented a marketing program.

Vijayanagara Historic Site; Vijayanagara, India.  He participated in the initial expedition to a remote Indian agricultural district to begin a ten-year study of site planning and architectural aspects of the 15th century capital of India.

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