HNTB names Gertler a senior vice president






February 14, 2001

HNTB
Corporation and HNTB Holdings Ltd. named Peter Gertler a senior vice president.
Gertler, who leads the firm’s high-speed rail services group, is located in the
firm’s Oakland, Calif., office. Gertler has 23 years of experience in public
transportation and program management, including conventional and high-speed
rail across the United States and around the world.

Amtrak to perform high-speed rail improvement study in Michigan






February 14, 2001

Stressing the importance of
its intercity passenger rail service in Michigan, Amtrak said it will perform a
high-speed rail improvement study that will focus on determining what
infrastructure upgrades are needed to provide 110 mph train service on the
Norfolk Southern-owned rail corridor between Kalamazoo and Detroit.

System would save lives on rail tracks






February 14, 2001

A McMaster University researcher
says the chance to save lives is a powerful motivation to develop a new safety
system for rail transit workers, the Hamilton, Ont., Spectator reports. The
university and Bombardier Transportation are working together on a C$1.4-million
project to develop an automated system that could warn track workers and
on-board personnel of possible danger while there is still time to avoid
accidents.

Rail plan tops city leaders’ priorities for Washington trip






February 14, 2001

Supporters of consolidating
Springfield, Ill., rail traffic on the 10th Street corridor plan to take a wish
list of overpass construction, track relocation and other design improvements
on an annual trip to Washington D.C. next month, The State Journal-Register reports.
The list will exceed the $26.5 million sought for the same project last year,
Gary Plummer, president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce,
said Friday.

MTA LIRR Stony Brook Station renovations now under way






February 14, 2001

The MTA Long Island Rail
Road’s Stony Brook Station, on the Port Jefferson Branch, will undergo a $2.7-million
renovation project starting February 1. A temporary trailer will serve as a
waiting room during part of the work. Nine parking spaces will be temporarily
out of service in order to stage materials and the trailer.

VRE express train coming; high-speed rail improvements to begin






February 14, 2001

A new express train on
the Fredericksburg, Va., line is one way Virginia Railway Express Board Chair
Paul Milde says the commuter railroad is working to fix the region’s
transportation problems, according to Inside NoVA.com. An 11-mile stretch of
tracks to be built thanks to federal stimulus money from Powell’s Creek near
Dumfries into Stafford County will aid future VRE express trains, the agency
says, and will spur the growth of passenger rail service in the state.

P&L gets initial approval on tax incentives






February 14, 2001

The state of Kentucky has
given preliminary approval to $400,000 in tax incentives for the Paducah &
Louisville Railway to build a new "green" headquarters. The Paducah
Sun
reported that the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave
initial go-ahead for the tax credits, which will go toward a $4.2-million
headquarters and end the company’s search for a new home.

Chromite mine prospects stirring excitement






February 14, 2001

With the formal
acquisition this week of one of the key chromite deposits among the remote Ring
of Fire properties northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont., Canada, U.S. iron-ore giant
Cliffs Resources positioned itself as the most likely company to build the mine
everyone‘s been talking about, The Chronicle Journal reports. But while the
euphoria associated with the development of what could the largest chromite
mine in the world is understandable, the company says many details still have
to be hammered out.

LA Metro Blue Line to be delayed by Expo Line connection work






February 14, 2001

Metro Blue Line
passengers will experience travel delays of up to 30 minutes on three
consecutive weekends beginning Friday night, Feb 5, due to construction of the
Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown
Los Angeles. Work will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday nights and continue until the
close of rail service on Sunday night for the weekends of Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14,
and Feb. 19-21.

Construction authority issues bid packages for next phase of LA Metro Gold Line






At its
January 28, Board meeting, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction
Authority Board of Directors issued the following two bid packages, seeking
design-build-finance teams to construct Phase 2A (Pasadena to Azusa):  (1) the Request for Proposals (RFP) for
the Iconic Freeway Structure project and (2) the Request for Qualifications
(RFQ) for the Phase 2A Alignment project. These actions keep the Foothill
Extension on schedule to break ground in June 2010 and be completed to Azusa in
2013.

NJ Transit hires new executive director






NJ Transit board members
approved the appointment and contract of former Transportation Commissioner
James Weinstein as the state commuter agency’s new executive director Jan. 28,
the Asbury Park Press reports. Weinstein was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie
earlier this month. The contract is effective Jan. 30. Former executive
director Richard Sarles is retiring.


HRT board appoints Philip Shucet President/CEO






The
governing board of Hampton Roads Transit has selected Philip A. Shucet as HRT’s
president and CEO. One of Virginia’s leading transportation administrators,
Shucet is the former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation,
where he imposed a series of reforms that greatly improved the agency’s on-time
and on-budget performance.

AAR: High-speed rail grants recognize rail’s vital role in economy






(The following is a
statement from Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R.
Hamberger in response to President Barack Obama’s award of $8 billion in
federal grants to 31 states around the U.S. for high-speed and intercity
passenger rail projects.)

"Moving more people and
goods by rail is good for America. The Obama Administration’s announcement recognizes
the vital importance of rail to our nation’s economic recovery.

Amtrak to benefit from federal investment in high-speed rail






The
Amtrak national route network is a significant beneficiary of President Obama’s
historic federal investment in intercity passenger rail as approximately $4.5 billion
of the $8 billion awarded in grants are for state projects that support
improvements to current or future Amtrak routes.

Ayer, Mass., commuter line debated






The latest meeting
between state authorities, local officials and concerned citizens regarding the
possible construction of a parking structure in downtown Ayer, Mass., revealed
not only that the groups were miles apart about the type of structure that
could be built, but that one of the key sources of funding for the project
might not be available, the Ayer Public Spirit reports.

Paper company seeks grant for track repair






Irving Tissue is seeking
state funding for a $1 million project that would repair 4,200 feet of railroad
tracks leading to its Fort Edward, N.Y., plant, the Glens Falls Post Star
reports. The repairs to the tracks are needed to accommodate the expected
increase in train traffic to the plant when a new paper machine comes online in
the fall, Fort Edward town Supervisor Mitch Suprenant said.

CTA Orange Line trains to reroute on Loop Elevated Tracks






Chicago Transit Authority Orange
Line trains in the Loop will be temporarily rerouted to operate on the Brown
Line tracks from approximately 5:50 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 31 due
to track work. Orange Line trains will be rerouted from the inner track to the
outer Loop track, and travel counterclockwise.