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Parsons Brinckerhoff is expanding its operations in Canada and will co-locate with Balfour Beatty Capital, which opened its Balfour Beatty Capital-Canada office in 2009 in Toronto. Both companies are part of Balfour Beatty plc. Parsons Brinckerhoff, founded in New York City in 1885, is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty. Balfour Beatty Capital, headquartered in Pennsylvania, is a developer, sponsor and operator of public infrastructure projects.

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Gary Newgard and Mary Schofield Nowee have been named senior supervising architects in the San Francisco office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization.

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The Sound Transit Board's Capital Committee reached consensus on a recommendation to the full Sound Transit Board to modify the East Link preferred alternative alignment. East Link is the 14-mile light rail extension between East King County and Seattle. Stations are planned for Rainier Avenue in Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Overlake in Redmond with service starting in 2020/2021.

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12 April 2010

Of railroad bondage

A bond issue, which must be approved by voters, isn't the best way to keep a railroad in business, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News. But given that the railroad owners have threatened to abandon the northern Maine line and that lawmakers are set to end their annual session, agreeing on a bond package that includes funds for the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway is the best readily available way to preserve the transportation link.

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Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Maintenance of Way Employees Division (TCRC-MWED) and Canadian Pacific reached a tentative three-year contract. The Memorandum of Settlement will be sent to the union membership for ratification.


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The city of Spokane Valley, Wash., is using state grant money to protect a handful of drivers from their own impatience, The Spokesman-Review reports. Too many drivers have been weaving around railroad crossing arms after they've been lowered at Park Road just south of Trent Avenue. The result is a dangerous situation for them and for train crews.

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Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is an overwhelmingly popular rail initiative in Northern California, according to an article in The American Surveyor. Measure Q had an amazing 70-percent support of the two-county (Sonoma-Marin) SMART District.

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It wasn't a good day for Caine Hlavaty, who was ticketed for trying to beat the crossing gates -- and an oncoming train -- while riding his bike across the tracks in Elmhurst, the Chicago Tribune reports. Now he was complaining he had missed his bus for work.

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A wall collapsed around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lee Road Station on the Blue Line of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The track was not damaged, but pedestrians cannot board there. The station was shut down immediately, and the Blue Line ceased operation. On Saturday and Sunday, RTA operated shuttle buses on the Blue Line, from Shaker Square to the end of the line at the Warrensville-Van Aken Station.

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Work to reconstruct the pavement and track at the Villa Terrace crossing in San Mateo will begin April 16. The crossing will be closed from 8:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 20.

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