Hatch Mott MacDonald recently hired key, high-level
staff members at several of its U.S. office locations. Frank Facciolo joins
Hatch Mott MacDonald's New York City office as a senior project manager for
rail/transit projects and has 21 years of experience in infrastructure,
transportation, and design-build projects in the N.Y. Metropolitan area and in
California. John Cross joins HMM's Tallahassee, Fla., office as a senior project
manager with more than 30 years of professional engineering experience in both
the private and public sectors.
A Pioneer Railcorp
representative left no uncertainty about the railroad's position regarding a
proposed toll increase for the use of Keokuk's swing-span railroad bridge, the
Daily Gate City reports. Keokuk Junction Railway, which runs the trains on the
bridge, is a subsidiary of Pioneer Railcorp.
(PST), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Union Pacific Corporation, has added a 3-D simulation-training
program to its capabilities. The program produces realistic 3-D simulation
training solutions for a variety of industries including railroad,
construction, mining and shipping. For example, railroad-specific simulations
for conductors, locomotive engineers and remote-control locomotive operators
are used in certification training to enhance railroad safety and improve
operating efficiency. Implementing this program accelerates and expands
employee-training opportunities previously constrained by equipment
availability and travel.
The Federal Transit
Administration has committed to a 50-percent share for the Portland-Milwaukie
Light Rail Project in Oregon. TriMet had requested a 60 percent federal share,
since all previous light rail projects were funded by at least a 60 percent
federal share. The 50-percent federal share would be capped at a maximum of
plans to buy a strip of land from Fordham University in order to widen and
improve the outbound platform at the Fordham Station, where each morning almost
6,000 people board northbound trains to get to jobs in Westchester and
Connecticut. After Harlem-125th Street, Fordham is the busiest station for
reverse commutation, that is for people going north in the AM peak instead of
into Manhattan. Over all, Fordham is Metro-North's third busiest outlying
station, after Stamford and White Plains.
Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi
Rell is set to call for one of the state's biggest bond issues in recent memory
when she proposes selling $260 million in bonds to make improvements to the New
Haven-to-Springfield rail line, the Hartford Courant reports. The money is
intended to attract an additional $220 million in federal aid to begin building
a high-speed train line linking Springfield and Hartford to Amtrak's busy
Boston-to-Washington route along the shoreline.
The announcement by the
National Transportation Safety Board on July 27 on the likely cause of the June
2009 Washington, D.C., Metro crash might have major safety and financial
implications for transit systems nationwide, the Washington Post reports. Federal
investigators have focused on the failure of Metro's automatic train-control
system in the accident, in which one train slammed into the back of another
that was stopped north of the Fort Totten Metro station in Northeast
Washington. The accident killed a train operator and eight passengers, injured
scores of others and caused $25 million in damage.
It has to start with small
steps by city leaders in Las Cruces and El Paso, but the goal is to someday
provide commuter rail service between the cities, the Sun-News reports. Officials
met the week of July 19 with representatives of BNSF and Las Cruces Mayor Ken
Miyagishima came away with two definite opinions: The cost to start commuter
rail service won't come cheap and he's excited the service has the potential to
become a reality.
Funding has fallen through
on a $15-million project to rebuild an abandoned freight-rail line from
Plymouth to Sheboygan Falls, Wis., and Sheboygan County officials now are
working to secure federal dollars to get the stalled plan moving again, the
Sheboygan Press reports. The project, which proponents say will spur new
development along the approximately 15-mile rail corridor, looked like a done
deal last fall after the state agreed to pitch in $12 million toward the
The Board and staff of
the NEW METRO in Houston expressed their appreciation to U.S.
Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn for their strong
support and significant efforts to secure another $150 million for the
North and Southeast Corridor light- rail lines, as the Senate
Appropriations Committee approved the FY2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban
Development Appropriations bill July 22.