The Central Corridor
Project Office in the Twin Cities will recommend a contractor in June for the heavy
construction work for the line's eastern seven miles. The Metropolitan Council is
expected to make the award June 23.
At its May 24 meeting, the
Safford, Ariz., City Council unanimously voted to instruct city staff to
negotiate selling city land to the Arizona Eastern Railway so it can build a
rail spur to the Safford copper mine, the Eastern Arizona Courier reports.
Neil Lucey has been named a
senior vice president in the New York office of Parsons. In his new position, Lucey
will serve as area manager for PB's New York office, responsible for client
management and project performance of all New York operations.
Customers on the Port
Authority's PATH rail system now can simply "tap and go" with their credit
cards, under a regional six-month pilot program that began today. Eleven of
PATH's 13 stations (except the Christopher and 9th street stations) have been
equipped with special payment readers, allowing riders to tap a contactless
credit card or other device like a key fob to pay fares.
Last summer, the sagging
economy spurred Phoenix to indefinitely delay construction of the northwestern
extension of Metro light rail, The Arizona Republic reports. But to prepare for
future light-rail construction, work in the corridor continues, in July the
city plans to begin two projects that will beautify 19th Avenue frontage roads
near Bethany Home Road and Dunlap Avenue. Motorists will see road restrictions
for several weeks starting in August.
Transportation District General Manager Phillip Washington noted the completion
of recruitments for several key RTD positions. These recruitments have been
under way since February as part of GM Washington's reorganization and
restructuring of the agency, and will not require an increase in headcount.
Each weekend in June, there
will be major track work taking place to address Metro's priority of
maintaining a state of good repair on the Red, Blue and Green lines. In addition,
construction work on the extension of rail to Dulles will take place on the
Orange Line. All of June's weekend projects will impact travel times and cause
Union Pacific will improve
Nebraska's transportation infrastructure with a $5-million investment to
improve the rail line that runs from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Fremont, Neb. Work
on the more-than-33-mile stretch of railroad track began May 26 and is
scheduled to be completed by the end of July.
CN has awarded a contract
to Roche Ltd. Consulting Group of Quebec City to perform a comprehensive
engineering inspection of the Quebec Bridge, which spans the St. Lawrence River
between Quebec City and Levis.
Caltrain's plan to
electrify and modernize Peninsula commuter rail service received a critical and
historic approval from the federal government yesterday - clearance to run the
most modern equipment available in the world. The Federal Railroad
Administration issued a waiver of longstanding rules that prohibit what is
known as "mixed traffic" - operating standard American trains and lighter rail
equipment on the same tracks.