Southern California's Metrolink Board of Directors us initiating a public outreach process for a potential system-wide fare increase to help close an existing $13 million funding gap for Fiscal Year 12-13 budget and Metrolink's proposed Title VI Service Delivery Policy. The public will be asked to give feedback regarding an average system-wide fare increase between five and nine percent to go into effect on or after July 1, 2012.
Modjeski and Masters, a bridge engineering firm, has named David Petermeier, PE, SE vice president. In this role, Petermeier will help guide strategy for Modjeski and Masters, while continuing to oversee operations throughout the Mid-America region.
The Federal Railroad Administration strengthened its positive train control team by naming Mark Hartong senior scientific technical adviser for railroad electronic systems within the FRA's Office of Safety.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a new mobile "Go Metro Los Angeles" smartphone app that will make it easier for the public to navigate L.A. County's extensive and growing bus and rail system utilizing their mobile devices.
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which owns and operates the San Fransisco Bay area's Caltrain, unanimously approved a regional agreement to fully fund the electrification of the railroad.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board certified the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Merced to Fresno section of the high-speed project, allowing the Authority to take additional steps toward starting construction in late 2012 or early 2013. The Authority also chose a north-south route and station locations for Merced and Fresno.
Lilee Systems, provider of communication systems designed exclusively for the railroad industry, has achieved Red Hat Hardware Certification for the company's WMS-2000 wayside messaging server, making it the first wayside messaging server with internal 3G, GPS and IP KVM options to achieve Red Hat certification. Now, Lilee says customers deploying WMS-2000 with embedded Red Hat Enterprise Linux are offered proven performance and reliability.
Ahmed El-Aassar, Ph.D., INCE, ASA, a vice president with Environmental Acoustics, Inc., an affiliate firm of Gannett Fleming specializing in noise and air quality, has been recognized by CSX Transportation with an Outstanding Service Award in the Environmental Services Category. Based in the firm's Lemoyne, Pa., office, El-Aassar serves as a project manager for noise and air quality projects.
HDR, Inc., has acquired the business of Stetson Engineering, Inc., a Wyoming-based firm with offices in Gillette and Riverton. Stetson Engineering, Inc., specializes in design, engineering and consulting services related to water, sewer, storm sewer, hydrology and transportation.
Osmose Holdings, Inc., manufacturer of wood preservation chemistry and technology, has closed an agreement to be acquired by certain investment funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. of Los Angeles, Calif.