On May 13, Florida Governor
Charlie Crist marked the Federal Railroad Administration's decision to approve
Florida's high-speed rail. The FRA, for the first time in the country's
history, issued a final Record of Decision for a major high-speed rail project,
the Orlando-Tampa segment of Florida's high-speed rail program.
RailPros, Inc., recently
opened a Downtown San Diego office to better serve San Diego area clients. The
office is headed by Mike Ruth, P.E., and Joe Aroyo, P.E., who are managing
projects for SANDAG, CCDC, NCTD and other major San Diego clients.
Construction will begin
soon on what can best be described as "bridges" over Tysons. One will
begin in May on the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) and cross over Route 123
to the northwest side of southbound Route 123. Another will cross I-495.
Another will be built in the median of Route 7 from just west of Route 123 and
into the median of the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road.
Members of a governor's
task force created to stop the abandonment of 233 miles of northern Maine
freight tracks expressed optimism in a meeting Wednesday about the chances of
keeping trains running on the tracks, the Bangor Daily News reports. Officials
said at the four-hour meeting that 20 private entities have expressed interest
in operating the railroad, but little else new was revealed, as the bulk of the
session took place in executive session.
Sound Transit contractors
plan to reopen the Olive Way exit ramp to Capitol Hill in Seattle from I-5
northbound the morning of May 13 at 5 a.m. as crews wrap up a major University
Link light rail contract on time and under budget.
Contractor crews will
begin working this fall on elements of the western three miles of the 11-mile
Central Corridor LRT Project. In September, they will begin prep work to
retrofit the Washington Avenue bridge to accommodate light-rail trains by reconstructing
the bridge piers. In December, they will start work to tie in the Central
Corridor line from the Hiawatha LRT line just west of the Cedar-Riverside
Station to Pleasant Street on the East Bank. The bulk of the Civil West contract
work, though, will start in spring 2011.
On May 17 at 11 a.m.
at the Puyallup Fair "Red Lot," Sound Transit will break ground on a
project to expand parking for commuters using the Sounder Puyallup, Wash.,
station. Developed in partnership with the City of Puyallup and the Puyallup
Fair & Events Center and funded by a combination of local and federal
monies, the project will create 219 permanent satellite park-and-ride spaces at
the lot located at 5th St. SW and 7th Ave SW.