The Puget Sound region's
largest public agencies will host a Regional Contracting Forum on March 30 at
the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. Each year, more
than 1,000 people attend this annual networking and information-gathering
event. This year the Forum will include one-on-one interactive sessions between
prime and subcontractors for construction and architectural and engineering
services, and agency buyers and vendors. The Forum also serves as a
"one-stop" location for business owners seeking to do business with
government agencies to ask questions that will help them navigate the public
competitive bidding process successfully.
Construction work at
several sites, including the new Puritas Rapid
station, will affect
West Side rail service, say officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit
Authority. On Feb. 20-21, all West Side Red Line
train service between
Tower City and Hopkins International Airport will be replaced with shuttle
As part of the
Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to building a more customer-friendly
transportation system, Massachusetts Governor Patrick said that real-time
arrival information will be available on MBTA's Fitchburg Commuter Rail line
beginning February 11.
For a dollar a year,
Lyndhurst, N.J., officials said the two dilapidated train stations in town will
soon be reverted to the town's control. It could lead to refurbishment of the
stations and allow the leasing of space in them. Officials said the move would
augment mass transit ridership, give individuals with disabilities greater
access to the trains and bring more traffic to Lyndhurst's business districts,
the Bergen Record reports.
Construction of a rail
line from Clarksville-Montgomery Business Park in Tennessee to Commerce Park
across Guthrie Highway is part of the infrastructure for the Hemlock
Semiconductor plant is being built there, the Leaf Chronicle reports. As the
project progressed, it became clear that construction would require a wider
right-of-way in some sections because more slope was needed to the new rail bed
and work continued without consent from the new property owner, FWJR Partnership.
officials say they've taken new steps to resolve the potential abandonment of about
240 miles of railroad track in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, after the
track's owner indicated it plans to file a notice of abandonment in about the
next two weeks, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
The Obama administration's
recent decision to award $38.5 million in high speed rail funds to New Jersey
is the first step towards a stronger, faster rail system that will reduce
congestion, oil use, and carbon emissions, but there is much still to be done, local
media report. That was the message that New Brunswick's Mayor Jim Cahill and
New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Program Associate Rebecca Alper made
clear when they gathered at New Brunswick Train Station to release "The Right
Track," a new research report from NJPIRG.
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver met
with Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo in an effort to
get funding for Iowa rail projects back on track, especially a proposed
passenger rail routes from Chicago to Iowa City and Chicago to Dubuque, the Mason
City Globe Gazette reports.
The Jackson County, Miss.,
Port Authority will provide $35,000 for a study on creating a rail line linking
east-central Mississippi to coastal ports, the Hattiesburg American reports. The
Regional Railroad Authority of East Mississippi would oversee about 45 miles of
track from Waynesboro to Lucedale, where existing lines serve port facilities
in Pascagoula and Mobile.
Isanti, Minn., is
moving forward with the Isanti Rail Industrial Park development process, the Isanti
County News reports. During a recent Isanti City Council meeting, it authorized
city engineer Bolton & Menk, Inc. to provide professional engineering
services for the preparation of a conceptual layout and facility plan for the
Isanti Rail Industrial Park.