Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Starting July 29, Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express will extend north to serve Middlebury, Vergennes and Burlington, Vt. (Amtrak/Steve Ostrowski)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, Stantec/HART, Metrolink, New York MTA, San Diego MTS/NCTD

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has reported that Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express will begin service to Burlington, Vt., next month. Also, Stantec has landed a contract extension for work on Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s (HART) light rail project; Southern California’s Metrolink is rolling out the next phase of its Earthquake Early Warning System; New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has launched an online trip planner for riders considering new Grand Central Madison commutes; and a new San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) program will offer free transit passes for young adults transitioning out of foster care.

Amtrak and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority are partners in bringing Amtrak Northeast Regional daily service to Ashland Station, which has been upgraded for accessibility. (Photograph Courtesy of Amtrak)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, APTA, HART, TransLink

Amtrak’s accessibility-improvement project at Ashland (Va.) Station is complete. Also, four transit agencies have earned 2022 rail safety and security awards from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) on June 3 submitted its 2022 Recovery Plan to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); and TransLink’s Brentwood Town Center Station upgrade in metro Vancouver will start later this month.

As part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, $70 million was included for the HART light rail project “to help make up for lost tax revenue.” The project is about a decade behind schedule. (HART)

Report: $800MM More for Honolulu?

In a letter, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has called on U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and three other members of Hawaii’s federal delegation “to lobby for an additional $800 million for rail to help build the final four miles [of the city’s light rail line] from Middle Street to Ala Moana Center,” the Honolulu Civil Beat reported.

Honolulu rail station bids run high again

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) unsealed bids Tuesday, March 10, 2015, for rail station construction of its 20-mile rapid transit line, and found targeted costs running higher than anticipated.