Author: Carolina Worrell

TAP wearables are back for a limited time and are available at Metro Customer Centers.

Transit Briefs: LA Metro, BART, WMATA, East-West Rail, Santa Cruz RTC, NYMTA

LA Metro releases limited edition TAP wearables at Customer Centers. Also, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) approves developer for North Berkley Transit Oriented Development (TOD); a new transit station area plan for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Huntington Metro Station, which serves the Yellow Line in Northern Virginia, has been approved; the East-West Rail Commission plans first hearing on Boston-Springfield passenger service; the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) pursues concept report for electric rail; and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) a waiver for train safety at Grand Central Madison.

RailVision Founder and CEO Dev Jain. (Photo: Business Wire)
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RailVision Secures $4MM in Seed Funding

Canada-based RailVision Analytics, which was launched in 2020 with the objective of “helping the railway industry reduce its fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” announced Nov. 30 that it has closed a $4 million seed funding round from investors to be used for technical hiring, growing the company’s development team, and expanding its product line and customer base.

RTD Submits ‘Zero Fare for Better Air’ Final Report

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) on Nov. 30 announced that it has submitted a final report to the Colorado Energy Office detailing the outcomes of its inaugural Zero Fare for Better Air (ZFBA) period, which took place this past August, as a requirement of the Ozone Season Free Transit Grant Program created in the Colorado Senate Bill 22-180.

ACWR Seeks to Acquire NS’s Piedmont Subdivision

Class III rail carrier Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway Company (ACWR) has filed a verified notice of exemption to acquire from Norfolk Southern (NS) the approximate 104-mile Piedmont Subdivision, which, pursuant to a Lease and Option Purchase Agreement, ACWR has operated since 1989, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced on Dec. 1.

NYCT crews have completed deep cleaning at six out of the nine Bronx stations with the final three expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

Transit Briefs: NYCT, MBTA, Amtrak

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) announces launch of “Station ReNEWvation Program.” Also, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) South Coast Rail is on track for late 2023 start; and Amtrak releases Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) summary.

JAXPORT Announces New Trans-Atlantic Service

Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), which is served by 40 daily trains via CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS), as well as regional railroad Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), announced on Nov. 28 that it has partnered with U.K.-based Ellerman City Liners to offer direct container service to/from three destinations in Europe.

CN President and CEO Tracy Robinson (right) presents STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson (left) with a $100,000 donation for the non-profit.

Class I Briefs: CN, NS

CN announces $100,000 donation to Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS). Also, Norfolk Southern’s (NS) Atlanta headquarters wins U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Chrysalis Award in the “New Construction Transformation” category.

Garrett Eucalitto (left) will succeed Joseph Giulietti (right) as CTDOT Commissioner at the start of Gov. Lamont's second term.
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Gov. Lamont to Appoint Eucalitto CTDOT Commissioner

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on Nov. 21 announced that he is planning to appoint current Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Deputy Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto as Commissioner when he begins his second term in office next year. Eucalitto will succeed Joseph Giulietti, who “intends to leave state service at the conclusion of the governor’s first term.”