WSP USA

(Photograph Courtesy of L.B. Foster)
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People News: L.B. Foster, WSP USA

Pittsburgh, Pa.-based L.B. Foster Company has appointed a new Board Chairman. Also, WSP USA has selected a leader for its Asset Management and Business Advisory group.

David S. Kim, National Transportation Policy and Multimodal Strategy Principal, WSP USA
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Kim Joins WSP USA

Former California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) Secretary David S. Kim has been named National Transportation Policy and Multimodal Strategy Principal for WSP USA.

For WSP, a New ‘Body’

WSP USA has named Christopher Body as Vice President and Senior Business Development Director Mobility Operations, with responsibility for development and pursuit of tolling, traffic management center, transit, rail and other programs in North America. He will collaborate with other WSP business sectors, as well as with regional and national leadership, “to position the firm as a preferred and trusted choice for transportation projects.”

Karen Hedlund at a June 24 preliminary Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on her nomination to the STB, along with three other Biden nominees to other government posts.

Hedlund Joins STB

Democrat Karen J. Hedlund on Jan. 3 was sworn in as the newest member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), succeeding Republican Ann D. Begeman.

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People News: Railroad Software, Savage, HDR, WSP

Railroad Software hired a short line railroad veteran as Vice President of Business Development. In addition, a former Mexican Ambassador to the United States joined the Savage Board of Directors; HDR made two executive appointments; and WSP USA named a National Transit and Rail Deputy Market Sector Leader.

Transit Briefs: Metro-North, Santa Clara VTA, APTA/WSP USA

MTA Metro-North Railroad has expanded its rider seat availability tracker to Google Maps. In addition, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has scheduled pilot testing of autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle routes in 2022 and 2023; and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has selected WSP USA’s Jannet Walker-Ford to serve on its Executive Committee.

Chicago Cooperation=More Midwest Trains?

In an unusual twist of circumstances, there are three events ongoing at this writing that have a lot to say about Amtrak corridors and trains in the Midwest. All were scheduled to take place within a three-day span.

INRD is Railway Age’s 2012 and 2018 Regional Railroad of the Year. (INRD photo from 2018 Award Feature)
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People News: Indiana Rail Road; Caltrax; WSP USA

The Indiana Rail Road Co. (INRD) has elevated three employees to Assistant Vice President positions. In addition, Caltrax, an independent railcar repair servicer, has hired a Sales and Business Development Director; and a WSP USA Vice President has received the Latino Leadership Conference award.