California High Speed Rail Authority

APTA to Congress: Fully Fund FY24 Public Transportation Investments

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is urging the House and Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committee leaders “to resolve their differences and provide the critical investments needed to improve our nation’s public transit, passenger rail, and multimodal infrastructure.”

Network Rail Consulting Lands CHSRA Contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has awarded Network Rail Consulting Inc. (the U.S. subsidiary of Britain’s Network Rail Consulting) a $73.2 million systems engineering services contract. With construction under way, the

The Los Angeles Union Station modernization project’s major components include new lead tracks, elevated rail yard and platforms; new concourse-related improvements, including new escalators, elevators and canopies; new run-through tracks south of the station over U.S.-101; accommodation of the planned California high-speed rail system; new rail communications, signals and safety improvements; and off-site improvements to the BNSF Malabar Yard. (Image Courtesy of LACMTA)

Report: LACMTA Eyes Cutbacks to Union Station Upgrades

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) may be trimming its plans to update the historic Los Angeles Union Station as construction costs have doubled from $950 million to an estimated $1.93 billion, Urbanize LA reported Jan. 10.

Rendering Courtesy of CHSRA

USDOT: Nearly $3.1B for CHSRA

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Dec. 5 awarded the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) nearly $3.1 billion in grant funding for continued progress on the country’s first electrified 220-mph high-speed rail system.

AmeriStarRail is proposing a battery electric streetcar system for Wilmington, Del.

Transit Briefs: AmeriStarRail, CTA, MBTA, Gateway Development Commission, MDOT, SEPTA, CHSRA

AmeriStarRail proposes a battery electric streetcar system for Wilmington, Del. Also, CTA President Dorval R. Carter is named Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) Co-Chair; the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) aims to boost officer retention with a new Police Association contract and announces that Commuter Rail ridership has reached a new post-pandemic peak; the Gateway Development Commission can now officially receive checks from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) awards two contracts to study potential transit-oriented development (TOD) at light rail and subway stations; the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board approves a new contract agreement with TWU Local 234; and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) enters into an agreement with 13 rail labor unions.

Rendering Courtesy of CHSRA

CHSRA, Hollywood Burbank Airport Reach Settlement Agreement

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) announced Nov. 16 that it has reached an agreement with the Burbank-Glendale Pasadena Airport Authority dismissing the Airport Authority’s lawsuit regarding the high-speed rail project and clearing the way for high-speed rail construction from Burbank to Los Angeles Union Station.

Brightline on Feb. 11 reported via Twitter: “History in the making as Bright Orange 2 rolled out of the Siemens Rolling Stock facility in Sacramento - destination Florida!”

Transit Briefs: Brightline, CHSRA, USDOT OIG

A new Siemens Mobility trainset is heading to Brightline, Florida’s private-sector passenger railroad. Also, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is passed over for Multimodal Project Disciplinary Grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT); and a recent audit finds that USDOT oversight of Seattle’s transportation-funds management is insufficient.