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Second Avenue Subway open for business New Year’s Day, 2017: Nearly 88 years after the first bond issue was floated to finance construction of a subway under Second Avenue on New York City’s East Side, the first MTA New York City Transit Q Trains began rolling between 63rd and 96th Streets on the Second Avenue Subway. Thousands attended the inauguration of service.

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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff announced Jan. 12 that it will assume the WSP name effective May 2017. The firm has operated as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff since the acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff by WSP in October 2014. “We are adopting a single...
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New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, Railway Age’s 54th Railroader of the Year, leads the world's largest agency of its kind. In this wide-ranging interview with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono, Prendergast reflects on his...
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Jeff Popovich has joined transit industry executive search firm KL2 Connects LLC  as the firm’s fifth principal. Jeff has more than 20 years of consulting and IT management experience, most recently as Chief Information Officer for the American Public Transportation Association....
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Siemens announced on January 4 that it will provide traction power supply equipment for the first 9km (5.6-mile) section of metro Line 1 in Lima. Graña y Montero awarded the €25m ($27m) contract in December 2016 and design works began immediately. Provisional...
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Fitch Ratings has assigned an “A” rating to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) approximately $200 million in series 2017A (Climate Bond Certified) transportation revenue bonds, and an “F1” rating to the MTA’s series 2017A transportation revenue bond anticipation...

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Babu Veeregowda, P.E., P.T.O.E., A.V.S., has joined HNTB Corp.’s Northeast Division as chief transportation/traffic engineer and vice president. He is based in the firm’s New York City office. With more than 28 years of experience, Veeregowda “has significant expertise providing traffic...
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Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Jan. 9 a $1 billion funding agreement for the first phase of the Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM). The Full-Funding Grant Agreement with the FTA is the final step...
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Kurt W. Krauss has been named chief projects officer for the U.S. Advisory Services group at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Mr. Krauss leads infrastructure and transportation projects for the firm’s U.S. Advisory Services practice, which provides strategic...
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The Port Authority New York/New Jersey Board of Commissioners announced Jan. 6 that it issued a $32 billion draft 2017-2026 Capital Plan for public comment and review. The Board unanimously passed a resolution that requires the draft 10-year Capital Plan to...
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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has awarded a $223.3 million contract to L.K. Comstock & Company Inc. to upgrade the New York City Transit Queens Boulevard Line (QBL) signaling system and install communications-based train control (CBTC). The line is...