Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Monday, 30 July 2012 13:07

DART Orange Line service begins

In Dallas, Texas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit's long-anticipated Orange Line to Irving opened on July 30.

New York City Transit's intense maintenance and clean-up program, FASTRACK, wrapped up a weeklong stint along the Sixth Avenue B, D, F and M lines. Once again, hundreds of transit workers inspected, repaired, maintained, cleaned and painted subway infrastructure in stations and tunnels between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and West 4th Street.

Dr. Allan M. Zarembski accepted a position as research professor and director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program, Department of Civil Engineering, at the University of Delaware.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that up to $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects across the country would be available as a result of the recently enacted surface transportation bill.

Bay Area Rapid Transit in the San Francisco Bay area is looking to give small businesses a boost by increasing contracting opportunities within the transit district. At a recent board of directors meeting, BART's Office of Civil Rights outlined a comprehensive strategy to change the agency's processes in awarding contracts to small businesses, especially socially and economically disadvantaged businesses and those who employ disabled veterans. The plan was met with enthusiasm from the community during the meeting with one observer calling it a model for the Bay Area and even the nation.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority was honored by the American Public Transportation Association with the 2012 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award for efforts to enhance service, efficiencies and overall effectiveness.

Union Pacific Corporation elected John Koraleski to the company's board of directors, effective immediately. Koraleski serves as president and chief executive officer of Union Pacific Corporation, as well as president and CEO of Union Pacific Railroad Company. All Union Pacific Corporation board members serve concurrently on the railroad's board of directors.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that on Monday, Molina, the tunnel boring machine digging the last of the four East Side Access tunnels in Queens, came to a halt six feet underneath the Long Island Rail Road mainline in Long Island City, completing its run. The milestone marks the end of tunnel boring for the East Side Access project and all MTA megaprojects.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with the CEO of CSX Michael Ward to discuss improving rail safety. Durbin asked the Association of American Railroads to conduct a comprehensive review of railroad industry plans and practices to ensure trains can move safely and efficiently throughout the country during extreme weather events. Durbin also requested that the findings of this review be made available to the public.

Phoenix Arizona's Valley Metro received regional approval from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) on the route and transit mode for the Phoenix West extension. Light rail will be extended 11 miles from downtown Phoenix, through the State Capitol area, to approximately 79th Avenue and the I-10 West freeway. This is Valley Metro's first freeway corridor project, providing the growing West Valley with a higher-capacity and more efficient transit option by 2023.

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