As part of the Obama
Administration's efforts to highlight the local impact of economic stimulus
programs, U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios met with Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at the
Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel construction site to highlight the use of
Build America Bonds in North Texas infrastructure projects. The Build America
Bonds program has provided $64 billion in low-cost borrowing to date for state
and local governments across the country, including almost $3 billion in North
Sound Transit commuter rail
service between Everett, Wash., and Seattle is shut down at least until the
evening of Jan. 21 because of a mudslide across the tracks, the Everett Herald
reports. The slide hit around 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in north Seattle, blocking the
tracks and forcing passengers on two of the four Sounder commuter trains to
disembark at Edmonds Station and ride buses the rest of the way to Seattle,
according to Sound Transit.
The City College of New
York (CCNY) said that a scholarship in honor of James L. Lammie, former Chief
Executive Officer and Chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. has been endowed by
Richard Ravitch, the Lieutenant Governor of New York.
The UTU, BLET, the
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, the Brotherhood of
Railroad Signalmen and the American Train Dispatchers Association have asked
the FRA to deny an Amtrak request to waive permanently the existing mandatory
and safety-critical functions governing passenger-platform snow removal outside
the Northeast Corridor.
Port Authority Trans-Hudson
Corporation (PATH) has placed an order worth $321 million with a consortium led
by Siemens Mobility for the design, manufacture and installation of a new
Communication-based Train Control System. Upgrading the PATH system to CBTC
will increase the system's throughput to meet future peak time demands, in
addition to increasing safety and reliability while reducing ongoing
maintenance costs. The project is due to be completed in 2017.
Alaska Assemblyman Hank
Bartos wants to move the railroad out of downtown Fairbanks and expand Pioneer
Park into a "winter wonderland" involving Ice Alaska, the railroad's unhappy
tenant, the Daily News Miner reports.
The federal government is
about to hand out a river of cash to states willing to build a network of
bullet trains, as the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress seek to
slowly ease the country's dependence on automobiles and airplanes to make short
trips between its biggest cities, the Dallas Morning News reports. It's the nation's
first major investment in true high-speed rail, and among its most significant
pushes to locate trains of any kind far from the East Coast.
Los Angeles Metro invites
people in the Century City, Calif., area to learn about plans to bring the
subway west and share views. This lunch time open house is intended to bring
Century City workers up to speed with progress on the proposed Westside Subway
Extension, discuss plans for a future Century City station, and solicit input.
Group appointed Russell Taylor president and CEO of its American subsidiary,
Imagemap, Inc., effective January 1, 2010. Taylor has more than 32 years of railroad
and mass transit experience, having started his career with the Canadian
Pacific Railway in 1977. He has worked in a variety of capacities including construction
and construction management, design and engineering, and sales and marketing.