Local firm says it should get streetcar construction contract instead of out-of-town company – KansasCity.com

Kiewit-Clarkson Infrastructure Co. has filed a formal challenge to Kansas City’s decision to give an out-of-town company the job of building the downtown streetcar line.

Locally based Kiewit-Clarkson came in second in the bidding to become construction manager. But the company, a joint venture of Kiewit Corp. of Omaha, Neb., and Clarkson Construction Co. of Kansas City, claims the bidding process was flawed.

via Local firm says it should get streetcar construction contract instead of out-of-town company – KansasCity.com.

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BIG BROTHER’S LISTENING – The Daily

The era of private conversations on city buses — and even on San Francisco’s iconic streetcars — may be coming to an end.  Government officials are quietly installing sophisticated audio surveillance systems on public buses across the country to eavesdrop on passengers, according to documents obtained by The Daily. Plans to implement the technology are under way in cities from San Francisco to Hartford, Conn., and Eugene, Ore., to Columbus, Ohio.Linked to video cameras already in wide use, the microphones will offer a formidable new tool for security and law enforcement. With the new systems, experts say, transit officials can effectively send an invisible police officer to transcribe the individual conversations of every passenger riding on a public bus.

 

via BIG BROTHER’S LISTENING – The Daily.

Jessica Lubken, 26, Dies After Being Dragged Under RTD Light Rail Train

Jessica Lubken, 26, Dies After Being Dragged Under RTD Light Rail Train.

This is very sad and unfortunate. A promising prospect of high speed rail in dense city streets can turn deadly on a dime, without warning or expectation. As planners, architects, engineers and civic stakeholders consider and develop smart urban design solutions, safety must be top-of-mind. How individuals behave becomes of utmost importance. The human element, the predictability of peoples’ behavior, for better or worse, must not become a casualty as more powerful technology solutions barrel through our city streets. Conceptual theory yielding ultra-optimist positions must be tempered with a thorough questioning of possible and highly improbably scenarios that cannot be predicted.