SkyTrain in front of the King George Hub. (TransLink)

Transit Briefs: TransLink, CTA, MBTA, NJ Transit, City of Lexington

TransLink announces partnership with PCI Developments to study the benefits of providing subsidized transit at new King George Hub development. Also, the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Bryn Mawr Red Line Station wins People’s Choice Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago; the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announces that closure of the Green Line D Branch will begin Sept. 24 for infrastructure upgrades; NJ Transit unveils art project at New Brunswick Station; and the City of Lexington in North Carolina prepares to kick off the construction phase of its passenger service project.


Giuseppe De Cicco, Capo Stazione

FROM THE EDITOR, RAILWAY AGE SEPTEMBER 2022 ISSUE: By now, many of you may have realized that I’m of Italian origin. My last name, thanks to my paternal grandfather William (1891-1972), an

New Merchants Bridge Open for Traffic

The 133-year-old Merchants Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis and links Missouri and Illinois, officially reopened to rail traffic Sept. 15, following completion of a $222 million replacement project. Owned and operated by the Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA), the bridge serves six Class I railroads and Amtrak.

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.

Pictured: Amtrak Southwest Chief near Fishers Peak, Colo. (Photograph Courtesy of Amtrak)

Amtrak Restoring Canceled Trains

Amtrak on Sept. 15 reported that it “is working to quickly restore canceled trains and reaching out to impacted customers to accommodate [them] on first available departures,” following its cancellation of Long Distance trips and some State-Supported frequencies this week “in preparation for a possible freight rail service interruption” that has now been averted.

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.

Premier John Horgan and Gov. Inslee signed a MOU in October 2018 to “act jointly to grow the region’s innovation economy, protect the environment and combat climate change, promote trade and improve transportation connectivity.”

B.C., WSDOT Invest in Next Phase of Vancouver-Seattle-Portland High-Speed Rail Study

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Province of British Columbia (B.C.) are supporting the feasibility of a high-speed rail service connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland with $4 million in funding and a $300,000 investment, respectively, toward the next phase of the Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation (UHSGT) project.

The BARTmobile was a "boon for photos" at BART's 50th anniversary celebration.

Transit Briefs: BART, DART, SacRT, WMATA

Thousands attend Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) 50th anniversary celebration. Also, BART’s schedule changes go into effect with several improvements; Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Assurance Wireless partner to offer free cell phone service to eligible riders; the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) seeks input on new brand identity and logo; and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) celebrates the reigning National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) champion Washington Spirit with new commemorative Metro SmarTrip card.


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.

CP, CN Salute Queen Elizabeth (UPDATED)

Canadian Pacific (CP) and CN gave brief but “moving” tributes to Queen Elizabeth, who died Sept. 8 at 96.