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Arcadis lands NYCT post-Sandy work
Arcadis US has been awarded a $26 million "task order" contract by MTA New York City Transit to, essentially, weatherproof huge swaths of the city's subway system inundated by Superstorm…
La Jolla link next for San Diego Trolley
The San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors (SANDAG) has unanimously approved the final environmental impact report (FEIS) for extending the San Diego Trolley from Old Town to La…
Take a virtual cab ride on CTA’s Red Line
The Chicago Transit Authority has released two operator’s-view cab ride videos of its Red Line.
MTA Fulton Street Transit Center opens
As expected, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 officially opened its Fulton Street Transit Center, linking nine (eventually to be 11) subway lines and related facilities…
Skanska venture gets LA Purple Line contract
The Skanska joint venture including Traylor Brothers, Inc. and J.F. Shea Construction has been awarded a $1.6 billion design-build contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) to…
Parsons BART project earns ASME award
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Francisco Section has given Parsons the 2014 Construction Project of the Year award for the $361 million Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)…
LA Metro VYCON WESS system saving energy
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Red Line’s Wayside Energy Storage Substation (WESS) Project at the Westlake/MacArthur Park Subway station is producing a 20% savings in energy consumption,…
Los Angeles Metro taps Cubic for TAP upgrade
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems $9 million contract to upgrade its TAP universal fare collection system.
Toronto mayor-elect deemed transit-friendly
Toronto residents on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 elected John Tory as the 65th mayor of Canada's largest city, generating cautious optimism among rail industry observers. Tory, a former business executive,…
MTA: Fulton St. Center to open Nov. 10
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 that its new Fulton Street Transit Center, serving 11 subway lines and related facilities in lower Manhattan, will open to…
MTA taps NTSB for new safety czar
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has named National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director David L. Mayer as the agency’s new Chief Safety Officer.
"SEPTA Key" smart card to debut next year
Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) says its $130 million smart-card payment system, now dubbed "SEPTA Key," will be implemented on Philadelphia-area buses and subways beginning early next year, with implementation…
Fulton Transportation Center recognized in Brunel Awards
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction has received a Brunel Commendation for the Fulton Transportation Center. This was the only U.S. recognition out of 92 entries received from 14…
PB’s Tober inducted into APTA Hall of Fame
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has inducted Parsons Brinckerhoff Senior Advisor Ronald J. Tober into its Hall of Fame.
MBTA Fairmount Line to get DMUs
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other elected officials announced plans for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Fairmount Line, linking Boston's South Station with Boston's Readville neighborhood, to become a more efficient…
MassDOT taps China's CNR for MBTA cars
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and the state Department of Transportation were poised Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, to approve a $566.6 million contract for CNR Changchun to supply 284 rapid transit…
New York subways mark days of 6 million riders
As New York City’s subway ridership has improved, journalistic shorthand has routinely noted the system, easily the largest rapid transit system in the U.S., carries 5 million riders per weekday.…
William J. Ronan, 1913-2014
William J. Ronan, generally acknowledged as the architect of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and who served as its first chairman, died on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at his…
Siemens to equip Metrorrey Line 3
Siemens has been awarded a contract worth approximately €25 million (US$32 million) by the state government of Nuevo León (Secretaría de Obras Públicas del Estado de Nuevo León) to equip…
Should rail advocates never oppose a rail project?
Back about 30 months ago I explained why I, and a number of other rail transit supporters, were critical of a plan for "urban rail" then taking shape from the official planning process…
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