The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) hired Frank Vacca, chief engineer of Amtrak, as its chief program manager. Vacca has more than 35 years of experience in commuter, intercity and high-speed passenger rail systems.
Watco Western Australia Rail (WWAR) hired Grant Thompson as vice president commercial and Watco Transportation Services promoted Cory Smith to general manager for the Louisiana Southern Railroad (LAS).
The Kansas City streetcar proposal has received funds from the Mid-America Regional Council's (MARC) Board of Directors totaling $ 17.7 million.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Dakota Southern Railway Company are wrapping up a two-year, $28-million rehabilitation project on the state-owned, shortline rail system between Mitchell and Chamberlain.
Seattle, Wash., has secured funding to plan and design the First Hill Streetcar line's Broadway Extension.
A Kansas State University-led research project is helping high-speed rail systems handle the stress of freezing and thawing weather conditions.
On November 27, Ohio's Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will begin work on restoration of the Red Line rail tunnel under Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and CH2M HILL, in a joint venture, received a seven-year, $75.5 million contract from Sound Transit of Seattle, Wash. for the Northgate Link Extension Project.
Another early works construction contract for the Evergreen Line in British Columbia, Canada, has been awarded to Surrey, B.C.-based Hans Demolition and Excavating.
United Transportation Union-represented yardmen, hostlers and yardmasters employed by Gary Railway and members of UTU Local 1383 have ratified separate six-year agreements.