On Sept. 11, the first two of 72 Kawasaki-built rapid transit cars for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s PATH system arrived at Port Newark via a Ro-ro vessel originating in Japan. (Credit: PANYNJ)

Transit Briefs: CA, CTrail, MARTA, NJT, NYCT, PATH, SacRt, TTC

Wellness centers will be deployed at all California transit agencies. Also, a new CTrail- and Amtrak-served train station and roadway safety and track improvement project is under way in Windsor Locks, Conn.; Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) outlines Streetcar East Extension project; New Jersey Transit (NJT) teams with BetMGM on rail line naming rights; MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) graduates subway train operators; PATH’s first two new Kawasaki-built rapid transit cars arrive from Japan; Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) offers a ride-free week in celebration of California Clean Air Day; and Toronto Transit Commission will recognize Canada’s National Day of Mourning.

Artist’s rendering showing an aerial view of Ontario Line’s Exhibition Station on Toronto’s west side. (Image Courtesy of Metrolinx)

Preferred Proponent Teams Selected for Ontario Line South, RSSOM Contracts

Canada’s Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on Sept. 14 announced the preferred proponent teams to deliver the South Civil, Stations and Tunnel (South) and Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance (RSSOM) contracts for the 9.7-mile (15.6-kilometer) Ontario Line, a planned Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) rapid transit line linking the Ontario Science Center and Exhibition/Ontario Place.

Rail Group On Air: 2022 Top Projects, Part 2

RT&S Editor in Chief Bill Wilson talks to Railroad Construction Company, Inc., about the Way Interlocking and Subway Structure Rehabilitation.

MBTA on Sept. 13 reported that 82% of work on the 30-day m/w blitz along the Orange Line is complete. (Photo Courtesy of MBTA)

Transit Briefs: MBTA, MARTA, Amtrak

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s MBTA Orange Line maintenance-of-way (M/W) blitz is 82% complete. Also, the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority (MARTA) launches art campaign to address pandemic, racial reckoning; and Amtrak celebrates ribbon-cutting of Longview Station ADA upgrades.

Sany Zein (pictured) has been appointed President and General Manager of BC Rapid Transit Company, effective Oct. 3.

People News: TransLink, STV

TransLink announces Sany Zein as President and General Manager for BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC). Also, STV welcomes Jacqueline Opal as Chief People Officer.

MBTA on Sept. 9 reported that 69% of work on the 30-day m/w blitz along the Orange Line is complete and approximately 60 new railcars (10 six-car trainsets) are slated to be available when service resumes Sept. 19. (Photograph Courtesy of MBTA)

Transit Briefs: MDOT MTA, MBTA, NYMTA

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is seeking public comment on preliminary transit alternatives for the North-South Corridor between Towson and downtown Baltimore. Also, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Orange Line maintenance-of-way blitz is 69% complete; and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has launched a newsletter to inform riders of major rail service changes planned for weekends.

Daniel Deusser jumped three clear rounds to win the $3 million CP International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Alberta. (Photograph Courtesy of CP; (c) Spruce Meadows Media/Jack Cusano.)

Class I Briefs: CP, CSX

Canadian Pacific (CP) has donated $124,000 to support heart health in Alberta through its Clear Rounds for Heart initiative. Also, CSX and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have earned an engineering excellence award from the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).

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Nominations Open for 2022 Women in Rail Awards

Do you know a visionary woman in the rail industry? Nominate a colleague or yourself for the sixth annual Railway Age Women in Rail awards.

MassDOT on Sept. 8 tweeted: “Rail and Transit Administrator Slesinger joined @MassLtGov Polito [Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito] in #NewBedford today to announce 3Mil in Industrial Rail Access (IRAP) Grants. These grants will help boost industrial rail freight access, jobs, and expand rail service.” (Photograph Courtesy of MassDOT via Twitter)

MassDOT Awards $3MM in Industrial Rail Access Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Rail and Transit Division is distributing $3 million to seven industrial rail access projects that will help reduce truck traffic in the state.

Transit Briefs: MARTA, MBTA, Metra, Muni, NYMTA, TransLink, UTA

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) supports National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 20). Also, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) issues a Student Edition of its Rider’s Guide; Chicago’s Metra extends its $100 flat-rate monthly pass through year-end; San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) remains “optimistic” about Muni’s Central Subway extension opening in 2022; New York MTA trains and buses are now “mask optional” for riders; Metro Vancouver’s TransLink launches “Back-to-School, Back-to-Transit” campaign; and Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides free transit passes to all K-12 students, faculty and staff in the Salt Lake City School District.