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Seminole County, Fla., approves VHB’s redevelopment plan along key transportation corridor

Orlando, Fla. — Seminole County, Fla. recently approved a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Oxford Road area identified as a key “catalyst” site for redevelopment and reinvestment along the U.S. 17-92 corridor. It is a catalyst site because of its pivotal position on the Seminole County transportation network. The plan was prepared by VHB, a national planning, design and engineering firm with its Southeast headquarters in Orlando.

Seven East Bay communities, municipal utility district to repair sewer systems, pay civil penalties

San Francisco — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Clean Water Act settlement requiring the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and seven East Bay communities to conduct extensive system repairs aimed at eliminating millions of gallons of sewage discharges into San Francisco Bay. Under the agreement, EBMUD and the communities will assess and upgrade their 1,500-mile-long sewer system infrastructure over a 21-year period. The work is expected to cost approximately $1.5 billion. The entities will pay civil penalties of $1.5 million for past sewage discharges that violated federal environmental law.

U.S. DOT celebrates opening of Silver Line Metrorail in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. — On July 26, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and other U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials celebrated the opening of the first phase of the Silver Line — the largest expansion of Metrorail service in 20 years — connecting the nation’s capital to Tysons Corner and the Reston area of Fairfax County.

U.S. DOT celebrates Tucson Streetcar opening

Tucson, Ariz. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) celebrated the grand opening of the Sun Link Streetcar line. The new line will significantly improve transit options for thousands of area residents and connect major activity centers in downtown Tucson with health care facilities, the University of Arizona and other regional attractions.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra to kick off 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

Washington, D.C. — The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) announced that General Motors CEO Mary Barra will kick off the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on Sunday, September 7 in Detroit, with an opening keynote speech that will address the changing transportation environment around the world as well as the rapidly evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles.

Complete Plastic Pipes Conference papers now online

North Yorkshire, U.K. — The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has a new website that will provide technical and commercial information for the plastic pipe industry worldwide. As of today, the association has published an online database that contains all of its papers since the first 1970 conference in Southampton, U.K.

EPA kicks off third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that engages college students in developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Through Campus RainWorks, teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, develop a proposed green infrastructure project for the campus, showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment.

Hatch Mott MacDonald to provide technical consultant services for Metrolinx

Iselin, N.J. — Metrolinx selected Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) to provide technical consultant services for the resignaling of the Union Station Rail Corridor and the provision of a new control system for the entire GO Transit rail network. GO Transit operates services over 264 route miles and 8 rail corridors. Approximately 70 percent are owned by GO Transit and dispatched by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway from respective control centers.

Illinois governor signs Clean Water Initiative

Chicago — Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn is expected to sign into law legislation that will help Illinois cities better prepare for the impacts of climate change. The legislation, known as the Clean Water Initiative, provides much needed financial support for communities in Illinois to improve their stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water infrastructure, while also helping make those essential systems better prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change.

HNTB Corporation adds multiple key rail transit experts to serve growing U.S. transit market

Kansas City, Mo. — Rail transit is quickly becoming an increasingly important transportation mode throughout the United States as highway congestion increases and the costs of owning and operating a vehicle rise. To meet the growing demand for multimodal transportation options, HNTB Corporation has expanded its rail transit practice over the last 12 months by adding 10 highly sought-after industry experts to its leadership team across the United States.

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