BART and Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority are embarking on the Link21 program that will connect BART with the region’s intercity, commuter and high speed passenger rail systems while also “connecting people sustainably to employment opportunities and affordable housing throughout the 21-county Northern California Megaregion.” (Link21Program)

Transit Briefs: BART; TTC/TransLink; SRC

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has awarded ICF a contract for up to $30 million to provide environmental services for Link21. In addition, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Vancouver’s TransLink are installing antimicrobial copper coatings on high-touch vehicle services as part of a pilot; and the Southern Rail Commission (SRC) will award federal grants to four cities for passenger rail station upgrades in anticipation of Amtrak’s Gulf Coast service restoration.

BART’s B-a-a-a-a-a-a-h-d Brush Fire Blitz

Editor’s Note: Trackside brush fires are a real safety and service headache, and the current heat wave in the West is exacerbating the situation. We thought we’d seen it all, but this story by Bay Area Rapid Transit Senior Web Producer Melissa Jordan really “got our goat.” – William C. Vantuono