companies need to bury thousands of miles of fiber optic cable to meet their
customers' needs, the Casper, Wyo., Star-Tribune reports. They could approach
tens of thousands of landowners and hundreds of local governments for contracts
and permits, or even seek court-ordered condemnation of property, all of which
would take years and money with no guarantee of success. Instead, they used a
150-year-old industry in Wyoming: the railroads.
Construction projects are
affecting Rapid service June 4-6 on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit
Authority. On the East Side, from 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June
6, shuttle buses will replace trains between Shaker Square and Green Road
eastbound and westbound on the Green Line. Reconstruction of the Attleboro Road
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.