Efren Alcala has been named
a supervising engineer in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In
his new position, Alcala will initially be responsible for the design of
plumbing and fire protection systems for the East Side Access project, which is
extending The Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal.
The Village of Leipsic,
Ohio, was awarded a $3.5-million grant to assist in developing its 244-acre
industrial site served by three railroads, the Putnam County Sentinel reports.
a Leipsic Council meeting, Leipsic Mayor Kevin Benton and village administrator
Kevin Lammon informed council members that the village has been selected to
receive this grant.
As Fresno's population
grows, so does its traffic congestion, especially in bustling areas such as
downtown, the Fresno Business Journal reports. For many, it is apparent that a
streetcar system, reminiscent of the one Fresno residents used up until the
late 1930s, will be the key to curbing the flow of traffic in the future while
bringing visitors and economic stimulation to the city's core.
Joliet's new CenterPoint
Intermodal opened the week of August 2, a milestone for a project that will
make Will County, Ill., a major port for consumer goods coming in and out of
the Midwest, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Beneath a 115-year-old
SEPTA bridge, Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell on August 3 renewed his call for more
money to fix roads and bridges, kicking off a four-day statewide tour to try to
prod the General Assembly to action, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Rendell also sent a letter
to legislators day, asking them to reconvene in Harrisburg on Aug. 23 to come
up with at least $472 million more for transportation.
The best and safest way for
fast-speed rail service to roll into downtown Raleigh is to hop onto tracks
being used by Norfolk Southern, both a citizen advisory task force and city
staff told Raleigh's City Council, the News Observer reports.
Following a productive
meeting late the week of July 26, Amtrak and the Lancaster County Planning
Commission (LCPC) said that issues surrounding the renovation of the Lancaster
Station have been resolved and the project is moving forward as planned. As a
result of the meeting, it was determined that no additional funds beyond Amtrak's
estimate of $1.7 million provided to the LCPC in 2008 will be needed for Amtrak's
A Website for the 75th
Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) in the Chicago area has been launched that provides study
information and links to environmental documents, newsletters, project schedule
and upcoming public events.
Santa Cruz County, Calif.,
residents who have been following the local attempt to buy a 32-mile railroad
branch may have a sense of déjà vu, The Post reports. The Regional
Transportation Commission is expected to vote again on issues surrounding a
state grant of $10.2 million on Aug. 5. For some commissioners and members of
the public, the required votes are just a formality, confirming actions already
taken this spring.
MTA Metro-North Railroad
and the New York Transit Museum are looking for objects related to Grand
Central Terminal for an exhibit commemorating the centennial of this landmark