“As our communities and system recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, planning becomes even more important,” DART said on Oct. 19. “The 2045 Transit System Plan is intended to be a more policy-oriented plan so DART can shape and influence the future.”

Transit Briefs: DART; Denver RTD; MTA Metro-North; VIA Rail Canada

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has released a draft 2045 Transit System Plan. In addition, Denver (Colo.) Regional Transportation District is surveying riders to assess communication needs; MTA Metro-North Railroad is piloting a bike storage program in New York City; and Via Rail Canada will begin the final phase of its gradual service resumption plan in December.

Denver RTD livestreamed the opening ceremony for N Line service on Sept. 21, 2020 due to the pandemic. (RTD photo.)

Denver RTD’s N Line Celebrates First Anniversary

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) on Sept. 21 marked the first anniversary of the 13-mile Phase 1 section of its 18.5-mile North Metro Rail (N Line) commuter railroad in Colorado.

Julie Green, Vice President, Hatch LTK

Julie Green to Receive COMTO Award

The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) will recognize Hatch LTK Vice President Julie Green and 12 other women for their “outstanding contributions to America’s transportation industry” during its virtual conference, to be held Sept. 28-30.

A new station is on the way for Charlotte Area Transit System’s LYNX Blue Line. (Photo by David Murphy, courtesy of HNTB)

Transit Briefs: CATS, Denver RTD, Metrolinx, NYCT

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) in North Carolina is adding a new LYNX Blue Line station. In addition, Denver (Colo.) Regional Transportation District (RTD) is seeking consultant support for a system-wide fare study and equity analysis; Toronto-area regional transit agency Metrolinx has reported that its pedestrian bridge set a world record, and released a “first look” at construction of Eglinton Crosstown stations; and MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) has completed a security camera installation project.

MBTA will receive $859.6 million in ARP grants for COVID-19 response from the FTA.

MBTA, OCTA: $1B in ARP Grants for COVID-19 Response

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).

California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) may resume light rail service as early as this week.

Transit Briefs: Miami-Dade Metrorail; SCVTA; Denver RTD

Miami-Dade County (Fla.) Metrorail has put into service the last two Hitachi railcars from a 136-car order that was awarded in 2012. In addition, California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) may resume light rail service as early as this week, and Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) is moving forward with a northwest commuter rail study.

Denver RTD’s new strategic plan, “Change, Challenge, and Connections,” covers four agency priorities: community value, customer excellence, employee ownership and financial success.

Transit Briefs: Denver RTD; Sound Transit; WMATA; WSP-USA

Denver Regional Transit District’s (RTD) Board of Directors has adopted a new five-year strategic plan. In addition, Sound Transit is teaming with the city of Seattle to address homelessness; Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) will redevelop the West Falls Church (Va.) Metro Station site; and WSP USA’s Tanya Adams and Ruben Landa have been elected to the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ (COMTO) National Board for the 2021-23 term.

Wulf Grote, Senior Transit Engineering Advisor, HDR

HDR Taps Wulf Grote for Transit Advisory Role

Wulf Grote is joining HDR as Senior Transit Engineering Advisor, based in Denver, Colo.

A full build-out of Front Range passenger rail service “along dedicated double-track between Fort Collins and Pueblo” could cost $14 billion, according to The Denver Post. “There’s also been discussion about linking the line farther south to Trinidad, which is along Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line.” (Pictured: Southwest Chief near Fishers Peak, Colo.)

Report: Front Range Passenger Rail Moving Forward

Passenger rail along the Fort Collins-Pueblo Front Range will move ahead, thanks to Colorado Gov. Jarid Polis, who has signed a bill creating a new taxing district to coordinate it, according to The Denver Post.

Transit Briefs: Brightline, Denver RTD

Brightline has selected Orlando, Fla.-based Radixx, a Sabre company, for online retailing and marketing; and Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) is launching a new payment method on its Mobile Tickets app.