Safety

New York MTA on Nov. 30 said it “needs to boost fares above its expected 4% hike and may be forced to cut service and implement layoffs if state and city lawmakers fail to direct more aid to the system to help fix an estimated $3 billion deficit in 2025,” according to a Bloomberg report. (Photograph Courtesy of MTA)

Transit Briefs: NYMTA, Sound Transit, VIA Rail

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has released its proposed 2023 budget and four-year financial plan. Also, live-wire testing continues for Sound Transit’s East Link light rail line, which will extend 14 miles from downtown Seattle to Redmond, Wash.; and VIA Rail Canada has released a third-quarter 2022 report and entered into a long-term agreement with CGI for work on its new online reservation system.

OLI Releases Rail Safety Week 2022 Report

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) has issued a results report on this year’s observance of Rail Safety Week (Sept. 19-25, 2022), which it said “reached millions of people through events and activities as well as digital media campaigns, social media and other online messaging.”

TSA Eyes Cybersecurity Rulemaking

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is seeking input on ways to strengthen cybersecurity and resiliency in the pipeline and rail freight, passenger and transit sectors.

Pennsylvania-based Button Oil & Propane, in partnership with NSHR, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 22 for a new propane terminal. (Photograph Courtesy of NSHR)

Small-Road Briefs: NSHR, OmniTrax

Button Oil & Propane opens a 240,000-gallon rail-fed propane terminal in Northumberland, Pa., which is served by North Shore Railroad (NSHR). Also, Fulton County (Ga.) Railway LLC (FCR), a managed affiliate of OmniTRAX, presents a community donation to an Atlanta-area fire department in honor of Owens Corning Trumbull Atlanta Division.

FTA Issues NOFO for Standards Development

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is seeking proposals to develop voluntary standards and standards-related best practices, guidance, and tools in safety and other areas that improve public transportation under the Technical Assistance and Workforce Development Program.

WTS-LA award winners Dina Aryan-Zahlan (left) and Tony Gioiello of the Port of Los Angeles.
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People News: WTS-LA, TSA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and officials from the Port of Los Angeles were honored at the annual WTS-LA Scholarship and Awards dinner. Also, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has appointed 25 voting members to serve on the Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee (STSAC).

Transit Briefs: SEPTA, MARTA, TTC

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) approves ZeroEyes artificial intelligence (A.I.) gun detection pilot program. Also, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) updates the high-capacity transit alternative for Clayton County from commuter rail to bus rapid transit (BRT); and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) lifts COVID-19 vaccination policy.

KCS Homeland Security Manager Herschel Flowers

Class I Briefs: CSX, KCS

American Honda Motor Company recognizes CSX with performance excellence awards for rail origin and destination locations in North America. Also, Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) Herschel Flowers signs on for a second term on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee (STSAC).