ESA last big push goes to Skanska

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Oct. 31 awarded its final major civil construction contract for the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access (ESA) project to Skanska USA Civil Northeast. The contract, valued at $60.2 million, includes two options that, if exercised, would bring the total value to $62.5 million. It’s among the final work needed to begin Long Island Rail Road service to Grand Central Terminal by year-end 2022.

Abrams to lead S. Florida RTA

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams was selected Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA).

WMATA CEO proposes expanded service, no fare hikes for FY2020

Washington’s Metro system wants to hold the line on fare hikes while proposing expanded rail service as part of a fiscal 2020 budget proposal.

Sander gives Bombardier new traction

Bombardier Transportation has appointed Elliot G. (Lee) Sander as President of its Americas Region, effective Nov. 19, 2018. In addition to ensuring that the company “delivers on its commitments in the region,” Sander will oversee all sales and business development activities for Bombardier Transportation in the Americas.

STV elevates Boyle to EVP

Martin Boyle, a member of STV’s Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Division, has been appointed to Executive Vice President of T&I, where he will oversee the division’s operations. He is succeeding William Matts, P.E., who is retiring at the end of the year after a 40-year career with STV.

Butler moves up to CFO at Sound Transit

Sound Transit has appointed Tracy Butler, a longtime executive of the Seattle agency, as chief financial officer.

Cuomo urges federal help on Hudson tunnel repairs

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured one of the two North (Hudson) River rail tunnels on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor linking New Jersey and New York to view corrosion and damage, and called on President Trump to support funding for repairs.

Batory to industry: “Seize the fourth quarter”

Federal Railroad Administrator Ron Batory on Oct. 17 completed a second series of meetings with senior leadership of Positive Train Control (PTC) system suppliers that are directly associated with the eight railroads FRA has identified as “most at risk of not meeting statutory requirements by the end of the year.”

Bentley acquires LEGION, launches OpenBuildings

The acquisition of a pedestrian simulation software provider and the launch of a new design application are helping Bentley Systems Inc. integrate comprehensive digital workflows into passenger railway station design.

Bentley integrates ProjectWise with Microsoft 365

Bentley Systems now offers integration between its ProjectWise 365 Services and Microsoft 365. “The collaboration capabilities of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Flow, alongside analytics from Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Power BI, can now be applied to mainstream automated digital workflows within ProjectWise,” the company said.

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