Digest: Honolulu council may withdraw financial support for rail project

News Wire Digest second section for Oct. 8: MTA to begin subway work on Queens Boulevard Line; CSX appoints new board member
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More Thursday morning rail news:

Honolulu council begins process of revoking financial support for rail project

The Honolulu City Council has begun the process of revoking its financial commitment toward construction of the city’s new rail system, following an earlier decision to withdraw from its part in the public-private partnership that would award the project’s last major construction contract. Honolulu Civil Beat reports the council voted unanimously to withdraw its remaining $144 million of financial report for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation project in the first of three readings required to pass the bill. The moves reflect what one councilman called an “alarming’ level of disarray in the project, which is now seven years behind schedule.

MTA to begin Queens Boulevard subway project on Friday
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin work Friday to install communications-based train control on its Queens Boulevard Line, along with track maintenance, power and lighting upgrades, and improvements to the pump system in the 53rd Street Tube. The agency is advancing the timing of this work to take advantage of the lower-than-normal ridership that continues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The work will result in changes to E train service beginning this weekend, and changes on several lines over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and into December. More details on the project and service changes are available here.

CSX appoints former head of Army Corps of Engineers to board
CSX Corp. announced it has appointed retired Lt. General Thomas Bostick to its board of directors, effective immediately. Bostick servied in the U.S. Army for 38 years, serving as chief of engineers and commanding general for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After his retirement, he was chief operating officer of Intrexon and president of Intexron Bioengineering. He is also a member of the boards of Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc., HireVue, and Streamside Systems.



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