Washington, D.C., Metro's
Board of Directors approved a $5-billion, six-year capital spending plan June
24 as part of its FY2011 capital budget, which was made possible as a result of
increased contributions from the jurisdictions that fund Metro, federal
stimulus dollars provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
and dedicated federal and local matching funds provided by the Passenger Rail
Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.
Local officials including
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are scheduled to take part in a groundbreaking
ceremony for the Metro Gold Line Foothills Extension Saturday morning, June 26,
in Newcastle Park in Arcadia, Calif.
The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority (VTA) received notification that the Federal Transit
Administration issued a Record of Decision for the first 10-mile phase of BART
Silicon Valley. This milestone signifies that VTA satisfied the requirements of
the National Environmental Policy Act, thereby issuing environmental impact
approval for the $2.1-billion Berryessa Extension.
After years of using a
concrete slab as the Amtrak train station, the city of Beaumont, Texas, will
see a new station constructed in coming months, the Examiner reports. Amtrak
received more than $1.1 million in federal funding through the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was allotted for the construction of a new
station in Beaumont.
President Jim Hoffa called on Congress to stress road and bridge repair and
public transit expansion in the next federal highway bill.
MAX Red Line trains will
not run between Gateway Transit Center and Portland, Ore., International
Airport Saturday, June 26-27 due to track maintenance. Crews are installing
rail expansion joints to reinforce the track and help trains maintain normal
speeds when outside temperatures rise and the rails expand and flex.
ENSCO, Inc., made
significant changes to its executive leadership team. Gregory B. Young has
assumed the role of ENSCO's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective
June 17. Young leads strategic direction and all company operations including
financial management and performance, business planning and execution, research
and development, and corporate and operating division oversight. He brings
significant experience to his position through a 29-year association with the
company. Young served as ENSCO's president from 1994-2006 and as a member of
the Board of Directors.
U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood announced members of the Transit Rail Advisory
Committee for Safety (TRACS), a newly-formed advisory committee that will
assist the Federal Transit Administration with developing national safety
standards for rail transit.
As part of BART's
system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, in July the agency will begin
strengthening structures at the El Cerrito Plaza Station to withstand future
earthquakes. While this work is going on, there will be times that we will need
to change pedestrian access and traffic flow to the station.