J.L. Patterson &
Associates, Inc., a transportation-engineering firm providing engineering
design, construction management and staff augmentation to public and private
sector clientele, as a sub-consultant to David Evans and Associates, Inc., will
be providing engineering design management, track design and structures design
services for the Oregon Department of Transportation's High Speed Intercity
Passenger Rail Project. The scope of work includes National Environmental
Policy Act and Preliminary Engineering Services.
BNSF plans to spend $84
million on track improvements in Wyoming this year, the Casper Star-Tribune
reports. Major projects will include rail, tie and surfacing work, BNSF
spokesman Gus Melonas said.
Houston METRO President
& CEO Frank J. Wilson has resigned. The METRO Board of Directors accepted
his resignation at a Special Board meeting, May 7. As part of the resignation,
the Board authorized Chairman Gilbert Garcia to sign a Mutual Termination and
General Release agreement with Wilson. This agreement is posted on METRO's Web
Multinational railway signaling
and train control provider Invensys Rail has appointed former Network Rail
director Nick Crossfield as its new managing director for its Northern Europe
division. He takes the helm of the division in June and succeeds Mark Wild who
has been acting managing director since November 2009.
According to a notice
published in the May 10 Federal Register, the Federal Railroad Administration
is proposing to amend the Track Safety Standards and Passenger Equipment Safety
Standards applicable to high-speed and high- cant-deficiency train operations
in order to promote the safe interaction of rail vehicles with the track over
which they operate.
The Sonoma-Marin Area
Rail Transit (SMART) is an initiative in Northern California to provide a new
passenger rail service along 70 miles of an existing Northwestern Pacific
corridor. With the corridor having been out of service since 1994, the lead
designer, HDR Engineering, required a high precision, as-built track geometry
survey of the existing infrastructure.
The industrial city within
a city is taking shape on the south end of Joliet. Ill., the Herald-News
reports. CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet -- a 4,000-acre, $2-billion
project that is changing the landscape of a once rural edge of the city -- will
begin to become a working industrial center in the coming months.
San Bernardino County, Calif.,
transportation officials met a state deadline May 7 to keep a $202-million
railroad overpass project on track, according to officials who negotiated the
hastily finalized deal, The Press-Enterprise reports.
A planned $100-million
expansion of CSX Transportation's freight rail facilities near Franklin Street
in Worcester, Mass., has been heralded by state and local officials as a major
boon for economic development, the Worcester Business Journal reports. But just
how many jobs the expansion will create, and what the impact on the local
neighborhood will be, remains to be seen.
The federal stimulus may
be pumping greenbacks into the economy but it's also making a part of Woodside,
N.Y., distinctly less green, the New York Daily News reports. Locals are
steamed over Amtrak's brush-clearing effort that recently chopped down more
than a hundred mature trees along rails running parallel to Northern Blvd.