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USA: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors awarded a contract to KDG+DE Construction Support Services for $25.9 million to provide construction support for the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) 96th Street Transit Station project. This is the first time a female-led consultant group has been selected to work on a large Metro project. 

KDG+DE is a partnership of KDG Construction Consulting and Destination Enterprises. The AMC station will be built at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street and will serve Metro Rail and local bus lines. The station will also be the transfer point between local transit and the future Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) Automated People Mover that will provide quick rides to and from LAX passenger terminals.

Metro expects to begin heavy construction in mid-2020 with the station forecast to open in 2023, the same year as the LAX people mover is scheduled to debut. 

The AMC 96th Street Station is a design-bid-build project, meaning that all design plans and specifications will be completed by Metro’s design consultant prior to award of a construction contract.

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USA: The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has launched a new programme designed to provide state funding for transportation projects while also leveraging local and private funding.

The new Cost Share Program will provide funding to local entities for transportation projects that improve safety, support job retention and growth, improve access or mobility, relieve congestion and help areas across the state improve the transportation system.

Up to $50 million will be available in the program for fiscal year 2020. The on-going program, which has at least $11 million available, requires a minimum of 15% non-state cash match. Additional consideration will be given to project applications that commit more than the minimum required match amount. The funding above the base $11 million comes from a one-time, $50 million State General Fund transfer. A minimum 25% match is required for projects to qualify for the one-time funds.

The Cost Share Program is open to all transportation projects including roadway (on and off the state highway system), rail, airport, bicycle/pedestrian and public transit. Funds from the program can only be used for construction.

“Creating the Cost Share Program allows us to leverage both state and local dollars to help address important transportation needs across Kansas,” said Kansas Secretary Julie Lorenz. “We look forward to working with Kansas communities to build projects that improve safety and keep the Kansas economy moving.”

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis beginning 3 September 2019, and will be reviewed twice annually, in October and March. To be included in the first review period, applications must be submitted by 11 October 2019. Selection criteria will include consideration of projects that meet programme objectives, eligibility categories and requirements. Geographic distribution also will be considered during project selection. More details can be found here: http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/Headquarters/PDF_Files/pressrelease2019/Cost_Share_Program.pdf

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Spain's Ministry of Development has released a tender for a Feasibility Study build a new railway station at Alicante-Elche airport and link it to the existing route between Murcia and Alicante.

Currently the Alicante-Murcia railway service rund on a single electrified track bypassing the airport and has to make a reversal at the San Gabriel stop, which increased journey time and efficiency. The Feasibility Study will look at how to best connect the line with the airport and eliminate the reversal at San Gabriel.

The allocated funding for the work is EUR 489,566.00.

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UK: TSP Projects was released from the British Steel portfolio last week and has been acquired by international mass transit, mobility and infrastructure company SYSTRA. From now, TSP Projects will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SYSTRA Ltd.

TSP Projects’ extensive experience in the UK heavy rail sector creates an opportunity for SYSTRA to strengthen services in transportation solutions across all aspects of rail engineering, complex infrastructure and transport planning.

Pascal Mercier, SYSTRA Ltd CEO said: “As the signature team for transportation solutions, SYSTRA is committed to providing clients with truly specialist expertise, delivered locally. This acquisition is a game-changer for our UK & Ireland business, placing us among the leading UK consulting engineering firms. This is a good fit between two like-minded companies with a shared commitment to excellence, safety and innovation.”

With a large portfolio of ongoing works on the books TSP Projects are active on a number of large rail projects including Leeds Railway Station roof and concourse transformation, Gatwick Station, Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) and the East Coast Power Supply Upgrade (PSU).

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FRANCE – Alstom will supply 13 trains to the Hello Paris consortium, in charge of operating the CDG Express, the express train line which will link the centre of Paris with the Charles-de-Gaulle international airport. These new trains, which stem from the Coradia Polyvalent range, will be especially designed to the CDG Express line to cater for the airport passengers.

“Alstom is delighted to support the Hello Paris consortium as part of the CDG Express project. Manufactured in France, this train will be a showcase of French expertise, which millions of passengers will discover when arriving at and departing from Charles-de-Gaulle airport, and it is a source of great pride for all our employees,” explains Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, Senior Vice President France at Alstom.

The trains will be entirely designed and manufactured in France. Six of Alstom's 13 sites in France are involved in the project: Reichshoffen for the design and assembly, Ornans for the engines, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for the traction, Villeurbanne for the on-board computerised systems and Saint-Ouen for the design and safety equipment. In all, this project represents 400 direct jobs at Alstom and 1,200 indirect jobs in the French rail sector.

Hello Paris consortium formed by Keolis and RATP Dev will operate the CDG Express, a direct rail service between Paris Gare de l’Est (East Station) and Charles de Gaulle airport, which is due to open by the end of 2025.

The contract comprises a 6-year preparatory period (2019-2025), and a 15-year operating period (2025-2040).
With trains running every day and every 15 minutes from 5am until midnight, CDG Express will link Paris’ Gare de l’Est station to Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle airport. The 32km distance trip will only take 20 minutes.