Keolis Commuter Services

Brightline is launching the first phase of its bikeshare program, BrightBike, in West Palm Beach, Fla., following city approval earlier this month.

Transit Briefs: Brightline, MBTA, OC Transpo, TransLink, WMATA

Brightline is bringing BrightBikes to West Palm Beach, Fla. In addition, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is providing commuter railcar-seat availability data online; OC Transpo in Ottawa, Ontario, is offering “unlimited no-charge transit” in December; riders of metro Vancouver’s TransLink will be able to pay with Interac Debit by year-end 2022; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will maintain reduced rail service levels through the end of 2021.

Scorey named Keolis North America President, CEO

Keolis Commuter Services Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Scorey on July 8 was promoted to President and CEO of Keolis North America and named to the Keolis Group’s Management Committee. He replaces Interim CEO Clement Michel, appointed Keolis Group Director of Human Resources and Transformation on May 3.

Through the new Vax Express program, CIC Health established a rolling vaccination site on board an MBTA Commuter Rail train, making stops at seven stations earlier this month. The public could walk-up without an appointment or book an appointment in advance. A second round of vaccinations on the Vax Express will take place July 7-11.

Transit Briefs: MBTA, SFMTA, Sound Transit, DCTA

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bay Area Transportation Authority (MBTA), Keolis and CIC Health have teamed on the Commuter Rail Vax Express to boost access to the COVID-19 vaccine; San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will begin restoring cable car service by early September; Amazon is committing $100 million in below-market funding for affordable housing units on Sound Transit surplus properties; and Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) A-train commuter rail turns 10.

Keolis is digitizing operating documents such as rulebooks, bulletins and special instructions that more than 1,000 train conductors, locomotive engineers, track workers and other personnel are required to carry when operating on the MBTA Commuter Rail network.

Supply Side: Comply365, Duos Technologies

Keolis Commuter Services, operator of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail, has selected Comply365 to digitize materials for operations personnel; and Duos Technologies has partnered with Dell to help streamline its automated railcar inspection system.

People News: Keolis Group, WSP USA, STV, Operation Lifesaver

Keolis Group makes Executive Committee appointments; WSP USA National Transit and Rail Leader receives Woman of the Year Award from the Northeast Florida Chapter of WTS International (WTSI); STV appoints Vice President; Operation Lifesaver, Inc., (OLI) announces new members of the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council.

Justin Vonashek, Senior Vice President-Operations of MTA Metro-North Railroad (left); and Attorney Scott Saylor, member of the Corporate and Economic Development Team at Nexsen Pruet.
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High Profile: MTA Metro-North SVP Ops; Nexsen Pruet Legal Counsel

New York MTA’s Metro-North Railroad has promoted Justin Vonashek to Senior Vice President-Operations, succeeding John Kesich, who has held the position since 2013 and will retire in April. Nexsen Pruet, a North Carolina-based economic development group, has hired attorney Scott Saylor.

Keolis Receives APTA Nod for MBTA Sustainability Work

Keolis Commuter Services, the MBTA’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, earned the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Gold Sustainability Award for its commitment to and organizational enhancements focused on environmentally friendly business practices. Keolis is the first private commuter rail operator in the United States to earn the APTA Gold Sustainability Award.