Many ENR readers have watched with interest the recent debate over the proposed Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles high-speed rail corridor running along Interstate 15. Long viewed as a potential maglev project, things got a little murky last month when U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) switched his support from maglev to conventional high-speed steel wheel technology. But what happened in Vegas is not staying there. With the advent of the Obama presidency, rail suddenly is a hot and potentially lucrative topic everywhere.
Canada’s SNC-Lavalin has taken pains to repair its scandal-tainted brand as it pushes market growth and global expansion. In a cost-cutting move, the engineer-constructor giant soon will sell its much-photographed corporate headquarters property.