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7/6/2004



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Cement association honors concrete-based public transit projects


The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recently announced winners of its third Concrete in Transit Awards, which recognize the design and construction of public transit facilities.

To be nominated for the award, projects must use concrete either as a system-wide feature or principal material, and be completed in 2002 or 2003. Entries were judged on creativity, transferability, aesthetics, economics and functionality.

Winners included:
• Indianapolis People Mover, a 1.5-mile, double-tracked system running between Methodist Hospital and the Indiana University Medical Center campus. Three-car automated trains began service in June 2003. The guideway foundations and columns are cast-in-place concrete and the beams are made of precast concrete;
• AirTrain JFK light-rail system, a 6.3-mile single-track and 3.2-mile double-track elevated guideway structure running between JFK International Airport, and MTA Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station and MTA New York City Transit’s Howard Beach station. The system — which began operating in December — features concrete guideways; and
• Meadowview Station, Sacramento Regional Transit District’s light rail/bus transfer station on the South Sacramento extension. The agency used concrete on the columns because of its durability and resistance to vandalism.

Representing cement companies in the United States and Canada, PCA conducts market development, engineering, research, education and public affairs programs.


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