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11/30/2000



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Wilson named interim director for Link light-rail project


Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) Nov. 28 named Lyndon "Tuck" Wilson Jr. interim director for its Link light rail department, succeeding Paul Bay who resigned Nov. 17.

From 1990 to 1998, Wilson served Portland, Ore.’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (Tri-Met) as design and construction project manager for its 18-mile, $1 billion Westside MAX light-rail extension. Part of that project included construction of a three-mile, twin bore tunnel.

Wilson’s tunnel experience likely will come in handy: Sound Transit’s board Nov. 16 suspended negotiations with contractor-elect Modern Transit Constructor after learning the firm’s lowest cost estimate for tunnel construction was $228 million more than the agency had budgeted. Sound Transit’s staff now is detailing cost-reduction options and has been directed to present findings at the next board meeting Dec. 14.

Wilson will be employed under a 60-day consultant contract with a 60-day extension option and will be compensated $180 per hour, plus expenses.


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