The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee voted to approve the nomination of Thelma Drake as Federal Transit Administrator.
Canada has committed C$1.53 billion (US$1.19 billion) in funding for Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Project, the largest-ever infrastructure investment made by Ottawa in the province of Alberta.
Los Angeles-area transit and rail freight transportation projects just got a generous public funding boost.
Ensuring that rail and transit systems are maintained in a state of good repair (SGR) “is critical to providing efficient, reliable, and safe service,” says Bentley Solutions Executive-Rail and Transit Andrew Smith, host of a webinar on “well-maintained, reliable transit infrastructure—track, signal systems, bridges, tunnels, vehicles and stations.”
New Jersey Transit, which not so long ago was called a “national disgrace” by then-Governor-elect Phil Murphy, has been named to the Forbes annual America’s Best Employers 2018 list. So much for politicians.
The past few years have admittedly been tough for Bombardier Transportation in North America. Changing dynamics—in particular, China’s entrance into the vehicle market—combined with delivery and quality problems and highly public squabbles with key Canadian and U.S. customers—have impacted the company’s business as well as its reputation. Now, however, Bombardier’s fortunes appear to be turning around.
Mosaic Transit Group has signed a contract worth C$2.5 billion ($1.9 billion) to design, build, finance and maintain the Finch West Light Rail Transit project.
RATP Dev USA has launched Orbyt, described as “an innovative technology platform that keeps passengers in motion, adapting to the different demands and disruption of the transit industry.”
Alstom Canada has leased a large industrial building in Brampton, Ontario, northwest of Toronto, for the assembly of its Citadis Spirit LRVs. Debro Steel formerly occupied the building, located on the south side of CN’s east-west access line that serves MacMillan Yard, Toronto’s main classification yard.
HNTB served as construction management consultant for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s LYNX Blue Line Extension. All photos by David Murphy, courtesy of HNTB.