On April 22, Seattle's
Sound Transit Board announced its preference for an East Link light rail route
that runs on 112th Avenue between Downtown and Bellevue Way. While the Bellevue
City Council prefers an alternate route (B7, next to I-405), the 112th Avenue
alignment could be Sound Transit's final choice.
John E. Barrett, P.E., S.E., vice chairman of
Bowman, Barrett & Associates (BB&A), was honored with the John Parmer
Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI). The award
is presented each year to a structural engineer in recognition of outstanding
contributions in the field of structural engineering whose distinguished career
is acknowledged by peers to be an example of excellence.
The Canadian federal
government will contribute C$600 million to transform Ottawa's transit system,
making a switch from buses to light rail with a downtown tunnel through the
city's core and 12.5 kilometers (7.75 miles) of light rail between Blair Road
and Tunney's Pasture, local media report. Transport Minister John Baird made
the long-awaited announcement June 8, matching the funding already promised by
the Ontario government.
Transportation Authority said that MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder appointed Susan
G. Metzger as senior policy advisor, effective immediately. Dr. Metzger, who is
a member of the MTA Board, will advise the MTA on cost-effective ways to
improve mobility within and to Orange and Rockland Counties.
Massachusetts and Worcester, Mass.,
officials have reached a tentative agreement with CSX Corp. on a $23-million
traffic improvement and neighborhood mitigation package that would accompany
expansion of the company's freight yards between Shrewsbury and Franklin
streets, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports.
The Maryland Transit
Administration (MTA) is seeking community partners to design future Red Line
stations. Station Area Advisory Committees will begin meeting this fall to
provide input on key aspects of Red Line station design and station area
planning. Interested community stakeholders such as station area residents,
businesses, churches, organizations and institutions may nominate themselves to
serve on a committee.
(The following editorial
appeared on the Knoxville News Sentinel Website.) Railroads hold a unique
position in the American psyche, blending the symbolism of uniting the country
and the romanticism of a bygone era.
(The following editorial,
"Keeping the train on track," appeared in the Clackamas, Ore., Review.)
We support the Oregon Department of Transportation's efforts to increase the
speed and efficiency of passenger rail along the I-5 corridor, a move that
could boost ridership and offset traffic congestion as the population grows in
University of California
San Diego has built a prototype laser to search for cracks inside rail lines,
the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. UC San Diego engineers are preparing to
test an experimental laser that looks for the kind of cracks inside railway
lines that are responsible for many of the 130 or so derailments that occur
nationwide each year.