(Rendering Courtesy of the CHSRA)

Arup Awarded CHSRA Contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has selected Arup as sustainability program manager for its planned 500-mile Phase 1 system from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim.

The new Bramalea GO Station building opened in 2021. (Metrolinx photo)

Transit Briefs: APTA, Amtrak F+B Working Group, Arup, Metrolinx, NJ Transit/UITP/Rutgers CAIT

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) “strongly urges” public transit agencies to obligate remaining COVID-19 funds as soon as possible. Also, the Amtrak Food & Beverage Working Group sends recommendations to Congress after year-long analysis of Amtrak onboard service; Arup supports Metrolinx plans to electrify Canada’s largest commuter rail network; construction is now complete at Metrolinx’s Bramalea GO Station; and registration is now open for first courses at the International Association of Public Transport’s (UITP) North American Regional Training Center hosted by NJ Transit and Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT).

CentrePort President and CEO Carly Edmundson (left) and Arup Principal and New York Practice Leader Jon Cicconi (right).
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People News: CentrePort Canada Inc., Arup, Alstom

CentrePort Canada Inc. (CentrePort) welcomes new President and CEO Carly Edmundson. Also, Jon Cicconi joins Arup as Principal and New York Architecture Practice Leader; and Alstom CFO Laurent Martinez announces his resignation.

Preliminary conceptual rendering of Fresno Station. (CHRSA)

CHSRA Awards Central Valley Stations Design Contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (CHRSA) Board of Directors on Oct. 20 announced that it has awarded an approximately $35 million contract to Foster + Partners and Arup (F+P Arup) for design and support services for the Merced, Fresno, Kings/Tulare and Bakersfield stations that will serve passengers on the California high-speed rail project’s initial 171-mile segment.

Arup-Led Consortium Awarded PSNY Contract

Amtrak, in partnership with NJ Transit and in coordination with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has entered into a $73 million, two-year contract with a team led by global engineering, consulting and design firm Arup to begin designing options for Gateway Program extensions and additions to the existing tracks, platforms and concourses in Penn Station New York. These facilities will be the first new ones since the original Pennsylvania Railroad New York Improvements Program in the early 20th century.

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Creating a Pathway For Others

It’s not easy being a trailblazer. First born. First in the office. First woman. First black woman. I would be lying if I said I’d not seen and faced bias during my 25-year career working as an engineer and asset manager. However, despite these barriers, I succeeded. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean others will. These barriers mean that many of our talented and driven Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) peers are still finding it difficult to make it, both finding a way “in” and climbing to the top.