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APR 2018

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P U B L I S H E R ' S M E S S A G E 4 P U B L I S H E R / E D I T O R James W. Rush jrush@benjaminmedia.com C O N T R I B U T I N G S TA F F E D I T O R S Sharon M. Bueno Brad Kramer Andrew Farr Mike Kezdi S A L E S + M A R K E T I N G Director of Marketing: Kelly Dadich kdadich@benjaminmedia.com Regional Sales Representative: Maura Dugan mdugan@benjaminmedia.com Regional Sales Representative: Todd Miller tmiller@benjaminmedia.com Event Sales Manager: Brittany Cline bcline@benjaminmedia.com P R O D U C T I O N + F U L F I L L M E N T Production Manager: Chris Slogar cslogar@benjaminmedia.com Graphic Designer: Deborah R. McManus dmcmanus@benjaminmedia.com Director of Web and Audience Development: Mark Gorman mgorman@benjaminmedia.com Audience Development/Sustainability Coordinator: Cayla Poteete cpoteete@benjaminmedia.com E D I T O R I A L C O U N C I L Gary Brierley, P.E - Dr. Mole Inc. Randy Essex, P.E. - Mott MacDonald Dr. Levent Ozdemir, P.E. - Ozdemir Engineering Inc. William W. Edgerton - McMillen Jacobs Associates Joe Gildner - Sound Transit Paul Roy - AECOM David Caiden - Arup Chief Executive Officer: Bernard P. Krzys bkrzys@benjaminmedia.com President: Robert Krzys robk@benjaminmedia.com Controller: Marianne Saykes msaykes@benjaminmedia.com 10050 Brecksville Rd. Brecksville, OH 44141 USA Ph: 330.467.7588 - Fax: 330.468.2289 www.tunnelingonline.com e-mail: info@benjaminmedia.com Reprint Information: Wright's Media Ph: 877.652.5295. - Fax: 916.983.6762 In compiling the cover story for this issue – a focus on the trans- portation work underway and upcoming in the Los Angeles met- ropolitan area – it was amazing and encouraging to see the level of support that citizens have shown in improving the network of roads, busses, trains and walkways/bikeways. LA voters famously passed two separate sales tax increases – e than 70 percent approval!) – that provide billions of dollars worth of trans- portation improvements that, in turn, will have a direct benefit on their quality of lives. As noted in the article, the Los Angeles area is consistently ranked among the most congested cities. In fact, it took the top spot on U eport's most recent list of the world's most congested cities. Transit investments have demonstrated positive impacts to the community. Transit saves fuel, reduces congestion and reduces pollution. Transit promotes business development along its corri- dors, resulting in job growth and increased property values. Tran- sit reduces the amount of surface space needed for cars – both on the road and used for parking – thus freeing up space within the urban area. Transit frees up time; in addition to less congestion public transit users are free to read or work while traveling. Tran- sit users are linked to a healthier lifestyle. Often times, the decision whether to invest in transit and trans- portation is a financial one. But again, the investment seems to pay off. According to the American Public Transportation Asso- ciation, every $10 million in capital investment in public trans- portation yields $30 million in increased business sales, while ev- ery $10 million in operating investment in public transportation yields $32 million in increased business sales. Additionally, every $1 billion in federal investment in transportation supports and creates 47,500 jobs. While support for the transit is growing across the country – a record number of 49 transit-funding initiatives were on the ember 2016 ballot, of which about 70 percent passed – we still have a long wa y transit systems are faced with mounting needs stemming from chronic underinvestment – particularly maintenance and repair, and a backlog of needed improvements. Other areas, unfortunately, still simply lack suf- ficient access to public transportation entirely. The growing trend toward private investment could help bridge the gap in building out our transit system. In LA, in fact, o is evaluating P3 proposals for two upcoming rail extension proje e has been talk of private investment helping to pay for new tunnels under the Hudson River and into Penn Station. There are a number of positive developments taking place across the country (and around the world) in improving our pub- lic transportation network. Let's hope it continues! Investing in Transit Jim Rush E D I T O R / P U B L I S H E R TUNNELINGONLINE.COM TBM: TUNNEL BUSINESS MAGAZINE // APRIL 2018

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