LA Metro’s GAP will explore ways to update transit vehicles, modify stops and stations, and make operational changes to transit routes to better serve women. It will also address their safety- and fare-related concerns.

LA Metro Taps STV for Gender Action Plan

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is looking to improve the transit experience for its largest rider segment: Women.

The Crenshaw/LAX (rendering above) and Regional Connector projects are slated to begin pre-revenue operations and testing in FY22.

LA Metro: $8B FY22 Budget Proposed

The Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has released an $8 billion budget proposal for FY 2022 that prioritizes service restoration to pre-pandemic levels; the Board will consider it later this month.

KCS’s plan will reduce scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions intensity 42% per million gross ton-miles by 2034 from a 2019 base year.

KCS Emissions Targets Greenlighted

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has approved Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets that align with the Paris Agreement.

The Western Rail Initiative in Virginia calls for an additional round-trip train to Roanoke in 2022, and an extension of Northeast Corridor service from Roanoke to Christiansburg in the New River Valley in 2025.

Passenger Rail Returning to Virginia’s New River Valley

The Commonwealth of Virginia and Norfolk Southern (NS) have reached a $257.2 million agreement that will increase existing Amtrak service to Roanoke and expand service to the New River Valley.

While some interior elements of the new Stadler rapid transit cars—like the open gangway between each pair—have been determined, the public can express priorities and preferences by voting on options for seating, luggage storage, bike areas, maps/wayfinding, handrails/stanchions, and ADA accessibility.

MARTA Asks Public to ‘Design Their Ride’

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is asking the public to weigh in on interior features of its 254 new Stadler railcars that will start arriving in 2023.

McCarthy to Lead SMBC Rail Services

Michael McCarthy will succeed Eugene (Gene) Henneberry as President and CEO of railcar lessor SMBC Rail Services.

Cowen: Can UP Drive to 55?

At Union Pacific’s Investor Day, where achievements in operational efficiency, benefits of PSR implementation, shareholder returns and financial outlook were discussed, management predicted that the railroad will achieve a 55% OR (operating ratio) by 2022. As a result, Cowen and Company modestly adjusted its 2022 assumptions.

AAR: Rail Traffic ‘Recovering Ground’

“A number of U.S. rail traffic categories have completely recovered ground lost during the pandemic or are very close to doing so,” AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray noted in the AAR traffic report for April 2021 and the week ending May 1, 2021.

“The new name—Pioneer Lines—reflects the modernization of the company and our efforts to broaden our business objectives,” CEO Alex Yeros said.

New Name for Pioneer

As Denver, Colo.-based short line holding company Pioneer Railcorp celebrates 35 years of business, it has unveiled a new logo and name: Pioneer Lines.

SFMTA F Line Historic Streetcars Returning

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will return the F Market & Wharves historic streetcars to service on Saturday, May 15, between Fisherman’s Wharf and Castro and Market streets, seven days a week.