Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains don’t start rolling until around 5 a.m., but Yolanda Barbosa and Natalie Robinson are typically well into their shift before then. They are two of the BART Police Department’s new Crisis Intervention Specialists (CIS).
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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.
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.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has notified Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) that it intends to obligate funds to advance the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase 2 extension project.
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.
San Francisco’s unique and historic cable cars returned to the streets of the City by the Bay on Sept. 4, but an incident at their barn shut them down six days later.
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 grants for COVID-19 response to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, $859.6 million) and Orange County (Calif.) Transportation Authority (OCTA, $163.9 million).
The last of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s (BART) most problem-plagued 1990s-era C2 cars has left the building.
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has chosen the joint venture of Arup and WSP to provide planning and engineering services for its Link21 program.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has released its annual sustainability report, detailing progress despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the city of Calgary (Alberta) is in search of a new leader for Calgary Transit.