Parsons Brinckerhoff was awarded two contracts covering design of railway systems, one of which is for the United Kingdom's second high-speed rail line, which will run between London Euston and Birmingham in the West Midlands.
Transportation Technology Center, Inc.'s Board of Directors approved three organizational changes. Firdausi Irani was elected to the position of vice president of business development and officer of TTCI, Robert Florom was elected to the position of vice president of engineering and quality services and officer of TTCI and Michael Sherer was elected to the position of vice president of operations and officer of TTCI.
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association hired Ashley Bosch as its operations manager.
Fred Green, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Pacific has stepped down, effective immediately. Green leaves the company following 34 years of dedicated service. In addition, Green has resigned as a director and will not stand for re-election at the company's shareholder meeting.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission, authorizing Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway to install flashing lights and gates at the County Road 35A (001-913V) grade crossing in Wyandot County.
The North Carolina Railroad Company, the Charlotte Area Transit System and Norfolk Southern signed lease, construction and operating agreements for the LYNX Blue Line Extension light-rail project along the North Carolina Railroad corridor. The 2.7-mile section begins near East 12th Street and ends a half mile east of Eastway Drive in Charlotte, N.C.
Trimet in Portland, Ore., has been awarded $85 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help complete the Portland to Milwaukie light-rail line.
Hawaii's Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation received the green light from the Federal Transit Administration to move forward with $21.8 million in work that includes a precasting yard that will create the concrete guideway for Oahu's rail system.
The Regional Transportation Commission for Santa Cruz County in Southern California authorized the selection of Iowa Pacific Holdings to operate on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line. The RTC will enter into an administration, coordination and license agreement with Iowa Pacific to conduct freight and passenger rail service, as well as maintain the line and provide general commercial insurance.
BNSF plans to invest an estimated $30 million on maintenance and rail capacity improvement projects in South Dakota this year.