Bay Area Rapid Transit

Biden Administration Sides With Labor, Throwing California Transit Grants (and Riders) Under the Bus

In what has become a contest between two groups who strongly back Democrats, the Biden Administration has come out for labor by refusing to certify grants that would help California’s transit providers and, eventually, the state’s riders. The decision by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) could eventually affect transit projects in other transit-rich states that are facing financial woes due to the pandemic.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is launching a Transit Supportive Community Development program along corridors with frequent transit service—not just near stations. (Photo credit: University City District)

Transit Briefs: BART, SEPTA, TriMet

Bay Area Rapid Transit is initiating a “Free BART Rides for School Field Trips” pilot program. In addition, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is launching a Transit Supportive Community Development program along corridors with frequent transit service, not just near stations; and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) has maintained a top bond rating and rolled out new sustainability bonds.

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.