VTA’s six-phase plan “outlines a complex set of requirements that must be met before trains are once again carrying passengers along the three light rail routes throughout Santa Clara County,” the California agency said.

VTA Service Restoration Date Extended

California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has reported that restoration of light rail service will “likely start later than the end of July, as originally expected.”

Scorey named Keolis North America President, CEO

Keolis Commuter Services Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Scorey on July 8 was promoted to President and CEO of Keolis North America and named to the Keolis Group’s Management Committee. He replaces Interim CEO Clement Michel, appointed Keolis Group Director of Human Resources and Transformation on May 3.

Chicago’s Metra now offers an onboard survey to measure and track month-to-month rider satisfaction and to solicit feedback on on-time performance, cleanliness, communications, and employee interactions.

Transit Briefs: Metra, Metrolink, Valley Metro, Sound Transit, TTC

Chicago’s Metra is offering an onboard rider satisfaction survey; Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) has launched a Small Business Partnership Program (SBPP); Phoenix’s Valley Metro has introduced a real-time light rail and bus tracking and trip planning app; Sound Transit has debuted a Northgate Link website ahead of the 4.3-mile light rail extension’s Oct. 2 opening; and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has opened a new Fare Inspector and Special Constable Complaints (FISCC) Office.

“We know our light rail passengers are eager to see trains running again,” the VTA stated in a July 8 website post. “We are too.” The Santa Clara agency noted: “VTA’s collective priority is to put our people first while also achieving the goal of providing critical transit services to our community.”

Multi-Phase Plan Under Way to Restore VTA Service

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has begun a five-phase plan to restore light rail service by the end of July, but “no firm date can be set at this time,” the California agency reported.

Gary Thomas, U.S. Transit Market Leader, Jacobs

Gary Thomas Joins Jacobs

Gary Thomas, former Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) President/Executive Director, is taking on a new role: U.S. Transit Market Leader at Jacobs, a professional services firm.

“Alberta’s C$1.53 billion commitment toward the Green Line is a massive investment in the future of Calgary, one we are happy to make, because we believe our best days are ahead of us,” said Ric McIver, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation. “I’m grateful for the hard work done by the technical experts at the province and the city to make the Green Line a functional project that connects to the rest of the LRT network.”

Canada Confirms C$1.53B Investment in Calgary Light Rail

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on July 7 confirmed the government’s investment of C$1.53 billion (US$1.22 billion) for Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project, making good on the commitment that was announced in May 2018.

Metrolinx’s now-open Bloomington GO Station in York Region at Highway 404 and Bloomington Road extends the Richmond Hill line approximately 3 miles north.

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, MDOT MTA, UTA, VIA Rail

Toronto-area regional transit agency Metrolinx has opened the Bloomington GO Station, part of the Richmond Hill Line; the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has launched a real-time digital signage pilot program; the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees has approved a new contract with the Utah Division of Air Quality for “free fare days,” according to the Daily Herald; and VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) will increase service on the Québec City-Windsor corridor starting July 12.

Santanu Roy, Global Transportation Planning Director, HDR (left); Randy Grauberger, Senior Rail Consultant, Quandel Consultants.

People News: HDR, Quandel

HDR has promoted Santanu Roy to Global Transportation Planning Director. In addition, Quandel Consultants has named Randy Grauberger Senior Rail Consultant.

‘Integrated, Multimodal Thinking’

RAILWAY AGE, JULY 2021 ISSUE: “You have to step out of your comfort zone if you want to see change,” says Anne Canby. Throughout her remarkable transportation career, she has embraced that mindset.

Sumwalt Exits NTSB

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt retired from government service On June 30, 2021, following nearly 15 years at the NTSB. His tenure as the agency’s 14th chairman began in August 2017. Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg will serve as Acting Chairman until a new chair is confirmed by the Senate. President Biden nominated NTSB Member Jennifer Homendy May 20 to become the NTSB’s 15th chair.