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Michael Schabas

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Lead roles developing urban transport systems in Britain, Canada and the USA.


Lagos Metro Blue Line Since 2008, Michael Schabas has been providing technical and commercial leadership to Eko Rail which is developing the first metro line in Lagos, under a 25 year PPP concession.

Tyne & Wear Metro Advised the Metro Management in 2009 on their bid to retain responsibility for operation of the metro system serving greater Newcastle.

London Crossrail  In 1994, Michael Schabas was retained by the Department for Transport to review the Crossrail project. From 2003 to 2009, he has led Superlink, a group of senior railway managers proposing "A Better Crossrail" for London. 

Channel Tunnel Rail Link  On behalf of the London Borough of Newham, he conceived and developed a plan to use St Pancras. He was subsequently retained as an advisor to Union Railways which adopted the proposal. St Pancras International Terminal opened in 2007.  

London Docklands Light Railway  On behalf of Olympia & York, the developers of  Canary Wharf, Michael Schabas identified requirements and solutions for upgrading the railway. He then formed the Brown & Root/Booz Allen Joint Venture which won a £100m contract to re-engineer the DLR for higher capacity and reliability.

Jubilee Line Extension  As Vice President, Transport Planning (1988-1991) for the Canary Wharf developers, Michael Schabas conceived and promoted the Jubilee Line Extension. He subsequently advised the European Investment Bank which funded the initial £100m private sector contribution.

Ankara Metro Project  As Manager, International Projects at the Urban Transportation Development Corporation, Michael Schabas identified the opportunity to equip Ankara’s first metro line and secured Government trade-aid finance for feasibility study. UTDC subsequently won the contract to supply the initial 96 cars.

Vancouver Skytrain  Michael Schabas was Design Coordinator (1981-1983) and responsible for final route definition for a 22km elevated automated mini-metro system. Vancouver Skytrain project was completed within a demanding four year schedule. He returned to Vancouver in 2003 to advise a consortium bidding for the Richmond-Airport line.


  1. Expert Witness: House of Commons Committee on the Crossrail Bill, 2006. Crossrail Business Case Review.pdf

  2. UK Commission for Integrated Transport: Study of Bus and Rail Costs, 2006.

  3. Transport for London (TfL): Advice on expansion of the Oyster Smartcard system, 2004.

  4. Edinburgh Airport Rail Link: Peer Review panel, 2004.

  5. Sage Realty, New York: Supported interface changes to Grand Central Terminal expansion in New York City, 2003-2006.

  6. Bristol City Council: Reviewing light rail scheme and funding options, 1996. 

  7. Expert Witness: Public Enquiry on the East London Line Extension, 1996.

  8. London Airports Surface Access Study for UK Department of Transport, 1995-1996.

  9. Member: Technology Foresight Panel, Cabinet Office (UK), November 1995-1998.

  10. Crossrail: Review for UK Department of Transport, 1994. Crossrail Cost Effectiveness Final Report.pdf

  11. East London Line: Advisor to a consortium of property developer Grand Metropolitan Plc and five London boroughs which successfully promoted extensions to the East London Line, now being built, 1991-1994.

  12. London Underground Limited: Development of options for the Northern Line, 1992.

  13. BAA Plc: Reviewing revenue forecasts for the Heathrow Express, 1992.  

  14. Midland Metro: Bid Manager for AEG/Norwest Holst consortium for the Design-Build-Operate concession for Birmingham-Wolverhampton light rail, 1991-1993.

  15. Witness: House of Lords Committee on the Kings Cross Railways Bill, 1992. Kings Cross Bill Report.pdf.  

  16. Juror: Docklands "Decade of Achievement" Awards, July 1991.

  17. Evidence to House of Commons Select Committee on Light Rail Transport, 1990.  

  18. Chief of Rapid Transit Planning for the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii, responsible for planning a 40km system, 1986-1988.

  19. Manager, Strategic Marketing for the Urban Transportation Development Corporation (UTDC). Promoted the Skytrain technology in Bangkok, Taipei, and Ankara, 1983-1986.

  20. Citizen Appointee and Chairman, Cycling Committee, Toronto City Council, 1975-1977.


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