JULY 2010

Consultant Roundtable: Industry Remains On Edge, Sees Encouraging Future
By Alex Roman, Managing Editor

Even with no authorization bill in sight, consultants are finding many positives, including increased ridership, a new federal philosophy and exciting projects in the pipeline. Many are looking for high-speed rail to have the same nation-changing impact as the interstate highway system or the beginning of the space program.

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Consultant Achievements-Parsons Brinckerhoff

Founded by: William Barclay Parsons Year Founded: 1885 Employees: 14,000 (worldwide) Headquarters: New York City Head Executive: George J. Pierson, President/CEO Website: www.pbworld.com

Consultant Achievements-Gannett Fleming Inc.

Founded by: Farley Gannett and Theodore Seelye Year Founded: 1915 Employees: 2,100 Headquarters: Harrisburg, Pa. Head Executive: William M. Stout, PE, Chairman/ CEO Website: www.gannettfleming.com

Consultant Achievements-STV Incorporated

Founded by: Elwyn E. Seelye Year Founded: 1912 Employees: 1,700 Headquarters: New York City and Douglassville, Pa. Head Executives: Dominick M. Servedio, PE, Chairman/CEO; Milo Riverso, PhD, PE, President Website: www.stvinc.com

Consultant Achievements-InfraConsult LLC

Founded by: Michael I. Schneider, Alan C. Wulkan Year Founded: 2006 Employees: 35 Headquarters: Delaware Head Executives: Michael I. Schneider, Managing Partner; Alan C. Wulkan, Managing Partner; Simon Zweighaft, Managing Partner Website: www.InfraConsultLLC.com

How to Maximize Your Capital Investment Strategies

Many agencies have gone through the process of evaluating their current project lists or wish lists, identifying priority initiatives and where the dollars should be applied. This article looks at collaborative decision-making software applied by transit agencies to make the best possible decisions in capital planning and resource allocation.

Express Bus Service Drives New Rider Trends

Service reflects changes in rider choices for transportation to both work and recreational activities. Younger riders are drawn to the value in price and the ability to remain connected during the ride.

Contractors Provide Expertise, Flexibility

With long years of experience in providing transit services, contractors can offer public agencies improved efficiency and cost savings.


Nashville MTA restores services following rains, flooding

With the rain beginning on Saturday, May 1, and continuing "almost non-stop," MTA was forced to suspend service by mid-morning on Sunday and began focusing on getting all of its equipment to higher ground.

Tougher DBE program will correct long overdue problems

The DOT's DBE program is one of the most successful of all federal DBE programs. The changes being put into place should make it that much stronger, for businesses of all sizes.


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