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FRA develops first multi-state planning study for high-performance rail

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published its first multi-state plan for a comprehensive, high-performing passenger rail network that will support rail planning in six Southwestern states over the next 35 years. This is the first multi-state rail planning effort FRA has embarked upon, making it a model for future regional planning efforts.

New ACI committees announced

Farmington Hills, Mich. — At the 2014 ACI Technical Activities Committee Summer Meeting, in Waimea, Hawaii, two new ACI technical committees were formed — Committee 240, Natural Pozzolans, and Committee 241, Nanotechnology of Concrete.

IES publishes Recommended Practice for Roadway Lighting, RP-8-14

New York — The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) published Recommended Practice for Roadway Lighting, RP-8-14, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved standard. The IES, as an accredited ANSI standards developer, revised RP-8-14 in accordance with ANSI consensus-based procedures. The primary purpose of this Recommended Practice is to serve as the basis for design of fixed lighting for roadways and streets, including pedestrian and adjacent bikeways when associated with the public right-of-way.

CH2M HILL named Outstanding Employer of the Year by TSPE

Denver — CH2M HILL was recognized by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) as its Outstanding Employer of the Year for 2014. This award is given to companies that make outstanding contributions in advancing and improving the engineering profession through its employment policies and practices.

AECOM completes acquisition of URS Corporation

Los Angeles — AECOM Technology Corporation said it completed its acquisition of URS Corporation with broad support from stakeholders following approval of the merger agreement by URS’ stockholders and the stock issuance proposal by AECOM’s stockholders at each company’s respective special stockholder meetings held on Oct. 16, 2014.

PTI announces 2015-2016 leadership and board of directors

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) elected and announced the 2015-2016 officers and additions to the board of directors during the Oct. 3, 2014, board of directors meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 PTI Committee Days, Oct. 3-5, in Cancun, Mexico.

Green Building Initiative celebrates a decade of growth and influence

Portland, Ore. — The Green Building Initiative (GBI) celebrates 10 years of promoting green building during October 2014. GBI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for commercial construction.

Study exposes bias in transportation system design

Denver — America’s streets are designed and evaluated with a an inherent bias toward the needs of motor vehicles, ignoring those of bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users, according to a new study co-authored by Wesley Marshall of the University of Colorado Denver.

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