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High school students this summer will shadow CTA’s construction management team and document the 5.6-mile Red Line Extension project. (Project Rendering Courtesy of CTA)

Transit Briefs: CTA, Minn. Met Council, NJT, SEPTA, Metrolinx

This summer, Chicago will see CTA’s Red Line Extension project through the eyes of three high school students. Also, Minnesota’s Metropolitan (Met) Council and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) prepare an environmental report for the Metro Blue Line extension project; New Jersey Transit (NJT) hosts a workshop on transportation and security planning ahead of large-scale events like the FIFA World Cup 2026; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in May exceeds 70% of pre-COVID ridership for the first time; and Ontario’s Metrolinx awards a rail program advisory contract to Jacobs.

Lake State Railway was Railway Age’s 2021 Regional Railroad of the Year. (Kevin Burkholder Photograph)

For LSRC, Changes at the Top

Michigan-based Lake State Railway (LSRC) on June 18 reported that Mike Stickel, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), will transition to President and CEO, succeeding John Rickoff, who will

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RSI’s Patty Long Featured at Rail Insights

RSI President Patty Long will discuss “Supplier Opportunities for Growth in Freight and Passenger Rail” at Railway Age’s 2024 virtual Rail Insights conference, June 20. Long and Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C.

Aerial view of Pier B, courtesy of Port of Long Beach.

POLB Sets $760MM Budget for FY 2025

The Long Beach (Calif.) Board of Harbor Commissioners has signed off on a $760 million budget for the Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) 2025 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2024, according

Image Courtesy of RTD

Triunity Tapped for Denver RTD PM Contract

Triunity, a Lochner Company, has been selected by Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) for the Project Management Support Consultant contract, overseeing design, construction, repair, renovation and replacement projects for transit infrastructure throughout the Denver Metro area.

Transit Briefs: TTC, LA Metro, HART

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) announces the return of streetcar service on St. Clair Avenue. Also, LA Metro ridership growth continues for the 18th consecutive month; and the third rail for the second operating segment of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s (HART) Skyline rail system is now energized.

(Map Courtesy Cincinnati Eastern Railroad/CCET)

3i/Regional Rail Acquiring CCET

Cincinnati Eastern Railroad (CCET) later this month will be added to the portfolio of Regional Rail, a Kennett Square, Pa.-based short line holding company backed by 3i. Class III CCET leases approximately 69.45 miles

(Photographs Courtesy of CN, left, and CPKC, right)

Canadian Class I’s, TCRC Bargaining Update

Separate negotiations with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have been under way at intervals for CN and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), with the assistance of federal conciliators.

Amtrak has released its 10th Sustainability Report, disclosing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities during FY 2023, from Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023 (Photograph by Mike Armstrong for Amtrak)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, MARTA, MBTA

Amtrak issues a Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Sustainability Report, detailing its progress to Net-Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. Also, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) adopts FY 2025 operating and capital budgets; and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) delays the launch of South Coast Rail.

“Looking ahead, I anticipate a moderate increase in cargo as we move into summer and we recapture business by delivering the top-notch customer service that makes us the Port of Choice,” POLB CEO Mario Cordero reported June 13. (POLB Photograph)

Intermodal Briefs: POLB, Port NOLA, Georgia Ports, Ports of Indiana

Cargo was down in May at California’s Port of Long Beach (POLB) due to “[s]hifting trade routes and canceled voyages.” Also, intermodal rail volumes at the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) rose more than 15% year-to-date, when comparing January through May; Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in May logged a 22% increase in container volume over the same month last year; and Ports of Indiana seeks to develop multiple international container terminals in the state.