Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on June 14 held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of its West Portal facility, the future location of the Santa Clara Station and Newhall Yard & Maintenance Facility, and the site where the Tunnel Boring Machine will be assembled and launched to bore the five-mile underground tunnel for the BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project. (SCVTA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: DART, Denver RTD, SCVTA, SEPTA, Valley Rail

Dallas (Tex.) Area Rapid Transit (DART) eyes fare structure changes. Also, Denver (Colo.) Regional Transportation District CEO earns a Women in Business Award; California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) celebrates the West Portal groundbreaking for its BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) advances a subway station accessibility project; and construction kicks off for the Valley Rail program in California.

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People News: STV, Virginia DRPT, R.J. Corman, DART, ASLRRA

STV taps three transportation leaders to drive growth in the Carolinas. Also, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) selects Zach Trogdon as Acting Director; R. J. Corman Railroad Company welcomes Jake Weir as its new Senior Director, Industrial Development; Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) votes on a new contract for President and CEO Nadine Lee; and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announces two new members of its Board of Directors, representing the Eastern Region.

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People News: DART, HNTB

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) names Jamie Adelman as the agency’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Also, Greg Lorenzi joins HNTB as Rail Program Manager.

Transit Briefs: NYMTA, DART, CTA, SEPTA, Metra

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) replaces the first segment of Metro-North Railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct. Also, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) approves a new strategic plan; the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) hits an average weekday ridership of one million in May; the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announces the return of the historic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) Trolleys to Route 15; and Metra awards contracts to rebuild 95th St./Chicago State University Station.

DART riders will now be able to access real-time vehicle locations, arrival time predictions, and alerts such as detours and cancellations on Google Maps, the Transit app, and various other apps. (DART Photograph)

Transit Briefs: DART, NJT, NYMTA

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) expands the use of real-time data so more riders can track vehicle locations, delays, and service changes. Also, New Jersey Transit (NJT) renews a supplier contract for fare collection system upgrades; and New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) seeks a “master tenant” to develop and manage retail at MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Grand Central Madison.

BART on April 20 will hold a retirement ceremony and final dispatch of its legacy trains that have been in service for more than half a century. The event, “Riding into History: Final Run of the First Fleet,” will take place at Oakland’s MacArthur Station.

Transit Briefs: BART, Denver RTD, Metra, Sound Transit

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) will fully retire its legacy trains next month and is advancing a systemwide fare gates project. Also, Denver (Colo.) Regional Transportation District (RTD) launches an elevator pilot program and joins the White House’s “Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose” initiative; Chicago’s Metra plans a new layover yard near the McHenry County community; and Seattle’s Sound Transit will test new Link LRV (light rail vehicle) seat material.

Pictured: Metro-North Railroad’s “Penn Central” heritage locomotive’s inaugural run. (MTA Metro-North Railroad Photograph)

Transit Briefs: DART, Metro-North, NJT, TriMet

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) offers a sneak peek of its new LRV seats. Also, MTA Metro-North Railroad debuts its fourth heritage locomotive; New Jersey Transit (NJT) advances a mixed-use, multi-phase Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) project near Hoboken Terminal, where it is also working on resiliency upgrades; and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) proposes a $1.75 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025.

The Metropolitan Council has approved a labor agreement with the ATU Local 1005, which represents more than 2,000 train and bus operators, technicians, public facility workers, cleaners, and transit information representatives, among other positions at Metro Transit.

Transit Briefs: Minn. Met Council, DART

Minnesota’s Metropolitan Council approves a labor agreement that boosts wages for Metro Transit workers. Also, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) advances the Silver Line Regional Rail project, allowing the return of freight rail service to Plano and Richardson, Tex.