Light Rail

Transit Briefs: NYMTA, DART, CTA, SEPTA, Metra

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) replaces the first segment of Metro-North Railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct. Also, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) approves a new strategic plan; the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) hits an average weekday ridership of one million in May; the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announces the return of the historic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) Trolleys to Route 15; and Metra awards contracts to rebuild 95th St./Chicago State University Station.

MBTA Board Approves FY25-29 Capital Investment Plan

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Board of Directors on June 11 unanimously approved the Fiscal Years 2025-2029 Capital Investment Plan (FY25-29 MBTA CIP), which includes more than 650 unique capital projects to “modernize, expand and increase the safety and reliability” of the MBTA transit network with a programmed spend of $9.6 billion over the next five fiscal years, including $843 million in new funding.

Transit Briefs: OC Transpo, UTA, Detroit People Mover/TTC, Caltrain

OC Transpo provides a progress update on all three O-Train extensions and an overview of efforts under way to improve the service reliability of O-Train Line 1. Also, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) plans to extend FrontRunner train service to Payson; the Detroit People Mover will receive new railcars from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC); and Caltrain runs eight trains simultaneously on its newly completed corridor.

Pictured, Left to Right: Richard Andreski and Sally Librera, Commuter Rail Coalition (Photographs Courtesy of CRC), and Patrick Preusser, Utah Transit Authority (UTA Photograph).

People News: CRC, UTA, MBTA

Richard Andreski and Sally Librera join the Commuter Rail Coalition (CRC) Board. Also, Utah Transit Authority (UTA) appoints Patrick Preusser as Chief Operating Officer; and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Desiree Patrice earns COMTO-Boston 2024 Women Making Transportation History Award.

Santa Clara VTA on June 8 held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastridge to BART Regional Connector Project, extending light rail service from the existing Alum Rock Light Rail Station to the Eastridge Transit Center with an elevated guideway, located primarily in the center of Capital Expressway. (Santa Clara VTA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Sound Transit, Santa Clara VTA

At Seattle’s Sound Transit, testing is under way on the 8.5-mile Lynnwood Link Extension and a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been released for the Operations and Maintenance Facility South project. Also, Santa Clara Vally Transportation Authority (VTA) breaks ground for the Eastridge to BART Regional Connector project.

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J. Craig Thorpe Leads Rail Artist Workshop

Noted railroad painter and illustrator J. Craig Thorpe will lead a three-day artists’ workshop at the Station Inn, Cresson, Pa., August 23-25. Thorpe , the event’s artist in residence, “will bring a

The TTC and ATU Local 113 have reached a tentative agreement that avoids a strike. Pictured during the June 7 announcement: TTC Chair Jamaal Myers (right) and TTC CEO Rick Leary. (TTC Photograph)

Transit Briefs: TTC, Metrolink, NCTD, SEPTA

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 avert a strike. Also, Southern California’s Metrolink approves a contract extension for CEO Darren Kettle; North County Transit District (NCTD) is launching first-mile/last-mile service for COASTER commuter rail riders; and Elavon will enable contactless fare payments for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) riders.

Transit Briefs: NYMTA, TriMet, Valley Metro

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) launches subway station manager office hours. Also, TriMet will begin testing its newest trains on the MAX Red Line this month; and Valley Metro’s new fare system launches this summer.