Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo joined Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and other state and local officials June 24 for the groundbreaking of the new passenger rail station in Tukwila, Wash.

In California, Metrolink, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) and the Bob Hope Airport held started construction on the Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station June 21.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) celebrated the opening of the Littleton commuter rail station June 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Eight potential routes have been identified as part of Sound Transit's Ballard to downtown High Capacity Transit study, which will help inform updates to the city of Seattle's Transit Master Plan and Sound Transit's Long Range Plan.

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (T) in Texas awarded a three-year contract to the Urban Engineers' team to provide professional engineering services as part of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is marking 10 years of service on the SFO extension, which has served more than 30 million passengers since opening June 22, 2003.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) plans to conduct a Blue Line Forest Park Branch Feasibility/Vision Study to assess future needs for the entire branch between the Clinton and Forest Park stations.

Thomas Prendergast has been named chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) by the New York State Senate.

Canadian Pacific (CP) has hired Robert Johnson as vice president U.S. operations.

Pacific Imperial Railroad, Inc. (PIR), has entered into a Services Agreement with J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc., (JLP).

Under the agreement, JLP will provide a bridge management program, inspect 57 bridges, inspect 17 tunnels and provide a track inspection of the Desert Line. Additionally, JLP will provide oversight during the test train operations in compliance with PIR's agreement with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

Ernie Dahlman, CEO of PIR, stated, "Once these inspections are implemented, we are prepared to immediately commence reconstruction activities on the Desert Line."

 

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