Light Rail

On May 23, Bernard Jackson will become COO of Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

DART Names Jackson COO

Bernard Jackson is leaving Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) to join Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) as Chief Operations Officer, effective May 23.

“SEPTA is committed to ensuring our trolleys meet the needs of riders today and tomorrow,” SEPTA General Manager and CEO Leslie S. Richards said. “We are thrilled to start acquiring vehicles that open our trolley service to everyone.” (Rendering Courtesy of SEPTA)

SEPTA Issues Trolley RFP

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on May 12 released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase of 130 trolley vehicles, with an option for up to 30 more.

This artist rendering shows the concept for the OC Streetcar LRVs that will run through Santa Ana and Garden Grove, Calif. (Photo Courtesy OCTA)

OC Streetcar Reaches Construction Milestone

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is one step closer to taking delivery of the Siemens light rail vehicles that will run through Santa Ana and Garden Grove, Calif., when the 4.15-mile OC Streetcar system debuts in 2024.

Balfour Beatty Lands VTA Catenary Project

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has awarded Balfour Beatty a $16 million contract for its Overhead Contact System (OCS) Rehabilitation Phase 3 project. Balfour Beatty recently completed Phase 2 of this project.

LACMTA: FTA LOI for East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor LRT

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 10 issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) announcing DOT’s intention to obligate funds for the first phase of the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor light rail line.

Randy Clarke, incoming General Manager and CEO, WMATA

Clarke to Lead WMATA

Randy Clarke, current President and CEO of Capital Metro (CapMetro) in Austin, Tex., has been selected as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) new General Manager/CEO, succeeding Paul J. Wiedefeld. He will start in late summer, WMATA reported on May 10.

PTSI Transportation has supplied a Route Learning System™ to Santa Clara VTA for use in its new technical training center.

Transit Briefs: NYMTA, Santa Clara VTA

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) has set a new record for pandemic-era subway ridership. Also, Santa Clara Valley (Calif.) Transportation Authority (VTA) has taken delivery of a Route Learning System™ to help qualify light rail operators.

Alstom is supplying REM with not only 212 vehicles (106 trains) based its Metropolis platform, but also its automated and driverless Urbalis 400 communication-based train control (CBTC) system, an Alstom Iconis control center, as well as platform screen doors and depot equipment.

Standoff Amputates REM Eastern Leg

Public opposition to the notion of a railway on stilts slicing through downtown Montreal has killed a key portion of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) commuter network to be constructed, and directly operated for profit by the province’s public pension fund.

Leadership Defined

RAILWAY AGE, MAY 2022 ISSUE: Our third annual Readers’ Influential Leaders online poll garnered nominations for a large number of active (non-retired) people from all areas of the North American railway industry. A commitment to service, safety and sustainability is how our 2022 honorees—selected by our subscribers—approach their roles. We are pleased to present the top 10 nominees, plus five leaders receiving Honorable Mentions.