Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has proposed a Fiscal Year 2014 Budget that will preserve existing transit service and avoid a previously projected 25-cent fare increase as part of a five-year strategy to stabilize the agency's finances, improve the overall customer experience and build employee morale.

As part of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Capital Program, an $8.6-million effort is underway to stabilize a portion of Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line where tracks sit on a thin ledge near the river.

In Washington state, Sound Transit began extending Link light rail to a new station 1.6 miles south of Sea-Tac International Airport.

CSX was named to DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies list and ranked number one on the list of Top 10 Companies for Veterans.

J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP), hired James Faber, PE, as director of technical services and business development.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has obligated a $2.2-million grant for the city of Tavares, Fla., to help with upgrades along a 57-mile stretch of Florida Central Railroad (FCEN) track between Orlando and Umatilla.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has issued a Notice of Recommended Award to Capital Rail Constructors for the major design-build portion of Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

Federal funding for Honolulu's rail transit project remains on track according to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

In Washington state, the Sound Transit Board has unanimously approved refinements to the alignment for the East Link light-rail extension in Bellvue. The city previously approved the cost-savings plan, as reported by RT&S on April 24, 2013.

California's Caltrain is holding a community meeting to discuss the upcoming bridge replacement project planned for the city of San Mateo. The meeting will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on May 2.

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