It could have been much worse—infinitely worse if anything is considered infinitely better than zero. Transit officials in New York City had planned to shut down the busiest segment of the popular “L” Train under 14th Street in Manhattan and through the Canarsie Tunnel into Brooklyn for 15 months, beginning on April 26, to repair flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Ever since Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey region in October 2012, the tunnels under the Hudson River between New Jersey and Penn Station New York have been described as a ticking time bomb, subject to complete failure at any time; at least any time after 2021, and more likely after 2034.
The Southern California Regional Rail Authority recently awarded the Talgo-SYSTRA tandem a contract worth $138.9 million to rebuild up to 121 Metrolink-operated Bombardier Rail Cars. The base order is for 50 cars with an option for up to 71 additional units.
After an absence of more than eight months, trains are finally running again on New Jersey Transit’s (NJT) Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) between that city and Philadelphia, and on the “Dinky” from Princeton Junction toward Princeton.
Canadian rail-tour company Rocky Mountaineer recently revealed that it dedicated one of its new bi-level GoldLeaf Service rail cars in honor of David G.A. McLean.
NJ Transit (NJT) recently announced that Faisal Jameel has joined the company as Chief Technical Officer.
Track work at Penn Station New York (PSNY) this summer will have effects on two public transportation lines—NJ Transit (NJT) and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).
Amtrak recently announced that on May 4 it would be expanding its Acela Express service with an additional round trip on Saturdays.
STV, Inc. recently announced that it has promoted Brandon Swartley, P.E., to Vice President.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has invited the public to come celebrate on May 3 and 4 as Union Station turns 80 years old.