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LOS ANGELES RAIL PROJECTS NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL RECOGNITION

 LOS ANGELES, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles is the only city nationwide to have two local projects nominated to receive the highest honor a civil engineering project in the United States can get -- the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) "Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement." The Metro Red Line, L.A.'s first modern subway, and Metrolink, the new commuter rail system are two of 13 finalists.
 The finalists pool includes a new airport, two bridges, a science center, a waste-treatment plant component, an off-shore sulfur mine, a pier and an auto-assembly plant.
 Established in 1960, the award recognizes the project that demonstrates the greatest engineering skills, and represents the greatest contribution to civil engineering progress and to society.
 The winning project must meet the following criteria: contribution to the well-being of people and communities; resourcefulness in planning and in the solution of design problems; pioneering in use of materials and methods; innovations in construction; impact on physical environment, and unusual aspects and aesthetic values.
 "We are honored to be nominated. Both these projects will help us to increase mobility and improve air quality. Our Metro System is reshaping Los Angeles into an efficient and productive city," said Richard Alatorre, chairman of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
 "Building America's second largest rail transit system through the core of the nation's second largest city, has required a tremendous commitment of professional talent, energy and resources. I am very proud that the Red Line is being considered for this award," said Ed McSpedon, chief executive officer and president of the MTA's building subsidiary, the Rail Construction Corp.
 "Metro Link's creative method of using existing freight railroad tracks for a new commuter train service results in an attractive alternative to our well-known, gridlocked freeways," said Richard Stanger, executive director of Metrolink's Southern California Regional Rail Authority.
 The ASCE will announce the winner next month.
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 /CONTACT: Roberta Tinajero, 213-244-6565, or Stephanie Brady, 213-244-6792, both MTA Transportation News Bureau/


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