Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:48

Rep. Hudson tours ACWR facility

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-08) joined representatives from the Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway (ACWR) and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association for a tour of ACWR's facility in Candor, N.C.

TriMet hired Dee Brookshire as executive director of finance and administration. Brookshire, who will start August 18, comes to TriMet from the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) where she has served as chief financial officer for the past seven years.

She will be responsible for directing the agency's financial services; providing oversight and directing procurement and contracts, financial analysis and grants. Brookshire will continue the work of the agency's five-year plan to ensure financial stability.

Brookshire has more than 20 years experience in public agency and private sector finance. Her background includes substantial debt restructuring and multiple bond issuances for public agencies. She has aided in successful labor negotiations for agencies with multiple bargaining units.

Brookshire lead efforts at RT in economic recovery, bringing back more efficient and cost-effective transportation services following the economic down turn. In addition to her financial experience in transit, she has worked for water and public utility districts, city government and as a public agency consultant.

Among her many community involvements, Brookshire has served on the finance committee for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Sacramento Business Services Center.

Dave Auxier, TriMet's current interim CFO will stay on full time through the end of August.


Denver's Regional Transportation District Board of Directors gave the go-ahead to move forward with the Southeast Rail Extension in Douglas County, authorizing a $207 million extension of the existing line farther south into Lone Tree.

As Congress considers legislation to avoid a shortfall of the Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and 11 of his predecessors wrote an open letter to Congress.

All Aboard Florida revealed designs for its new West Palm Beach station, planned and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in association with Zyscovich Architects.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit's (NYCT) Fix&Fortify Sandy recovery work is returning to the G Greenpoint Tube for five consecutive weeks, beginning July 25 and ending September 2.

The Connecticut State Bond Commission plans to approve $2.75 million for the Connecticut Department of Transportation to hire a consultant to complete the engineering, design and environmental permitting to develop the site of the new Barnum Train Station on Bridgeport's East Side.

Sound Transit's Link light-rail service in Seattle, Wash., celebrated its fifth anniversary July 18.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors authorized MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Richard Davey to execute an agreement to purchase the Berkshire Line from the Housatonic Railroad Company, a step toward delivering passenger rail service between New York City and the Berkshires.

President Obama spoke at the Port of Wilmington in Delaware on July 17 to announce a new executive action to create the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth by engaging with state and local governments and private sector investors to encourage collaboration, expand the market for public-private partnerships (PPPs) and put federal credit programs to greater use.

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