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4/17/2013



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Central Texas officials tab HNTB's Keahey to lead 'Urban Rail' effort


Capital Metro, city of Austin and Lone Star Rail District officials recently announced that Kyle Keahey, a 30-year veteran of transportation projects, will lead the effort to manage planning, funding and future implementation of transit rail in central Texas.

Keahey is vice president and transit sector market leader for HNTB's Central Division. He will remain an HNTB employee while serving in a consultant role for the three central Texas regional transportation agencies, officials said in a joint press release.

Keahey's experience is "precisely what central Texas needs now at a pivotal time for the urban rail initiative," said Capital Metro President and Chief Executive Officer Linda Watson. "His background in system planning, alternatives analysis, project development and the federal funding process makes him uniquely qualified for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead."

In his five years at HNTB, Keahey led multi-modal projects in Aspen, Colo., and San Antonio, Texas. Prior to joining the firm, he was project manager and environmental task leader for two of the Regional Transportation District's light-rail extensions in Denver. He also served 10 years as the project manager and environmental impact study task leader for multiple Dallas Area Rapid Transit light-rail projects.

Later this month, the Austin City Council, Capital Metro's board and Lone Star Rail District's executive committee will consider a joint agreement to formalize a unified approach to the management and oversight of future regional rail investments. All three regional transportation partners are operating or pursuing potential development investments in passenger-rail infrastructure in central Texas.

The formal agreement between the three entities would further establish an open and transparent record of planning and resource sharing, which began in 2011 under the Project Connect partnership.

The agreement also would establish a joint executive committee that would include three members appointed by the chief executive of each agency and be chaired by Watson.


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