NJ Transit’s Kevin Corbett on Completing PTC: Rail Group On Air

New Jersey Transit met the December 31, 2020 federally mandated deadline for implementing Positive Train Control. NJT President and CEO Kevin Corbett discusses the project’s complexity, and the “come from behind” coordination

Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretary of Transportation designee

New USDOT Deputy: Polly Trottenberg

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg has been tapped as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

Railway Age Announces 2021 ‘Fast Trackers’ 20 Under 40 Honorees

Railway Age is honoring 20 “Fast Trackers” from a pool of more than 100 strong nominations for this year’s 20 Under 40 awards program.

In November, Virgin Hyperloop demonstrated for the first time with riders its hyperloop technology at the 500-meter DevLoop test site in Las Vegas (pictured).

What’s the Status of Hyperloop Standardization?

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released a status report on hyperloop standard development.

Five stations are planned for SEPTA’s 3.5-mile King of Prussia rail extension, including the First and Moore/Valley Forge Station (rendering above).

SEPTA Advancing King of Prussia Rail Extension

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) permitting Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to continue design and construction of the 3.5-mile, five-station King of Prussia (Pa.) Rail extension of the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL).

The challenges of constructing the proposed corridor protection wall in the BNSF-Wayzata subdivision (pictured above) are among those setting back the Southwest LRT (Metro Green Line extension) project in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Southwest LRT Project Faces Delays

Minnesota’s Metropolitan Council (Met Council) and Hennepin County report that the Southwest LRT project in Minneapolis-St. Paul will not open on schedule in 2023.

Omar Alghabra, Transport Minister, Canada

Alghabra Named Canada Transport Minister

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Omar Alghabra Transport Minister, taking over from Marc Garneau, who held the position since 2015 and now becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Gov. Cuomo’s plan includes reconstruction of the existing Penn Station (rendering above) and acquisition of property south of the station to expand it and construct eight additional tracks, increasing train capacity by 40%.

N.Y. Governor Outlines $306B Infrastructure Plan

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed $306 billion in infrastructure improvements as part of his 2021 agenda.

ARM Lands Long-Term ST Contract

Seattle’s Sound Transit has awarded a multi-year, $24 million contract for rail grinding, polishing and engineering inspection services to Advanced Rail Management Corp. (ARM). The contract includes corrugation measurement and track geometry, ultrasonic and eddy current testing as part of the inspection and quality assurance requirements.

President-elect Biden's first step in rescue and recovery is the American Rescue Plan, which tackles the pandemic and includes transit investment. The next—his Build Back Better Recovery Plan, to be introduced next month—will “make historic investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, innovation, research and development, and clean energy.”

Biden: $20B for ‘Hardest Hit’ Public Transit Agencies

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on Jan. 14 that includes a $20 billion investment to “protect the future of transit.”