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Pictured, left to right: Jannet Walker-Ford, Keolis North America (WSP Photograph); Amanda Coates, Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA Photograph); Joseph Sczurko, WSP (WSP Photograph); and Christopher Peters, WSP (WSP Photograph).

People News: Keolis, Port NOLA, WSP, Duos

Keolis North America (Keolis) appoints Jannet Walker-Ford as Board Chair. Also, the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) elevates Amanda Coates to Chief Commercial Officer; WSP Global, Inc. promotes Joseph Sczurko and Christopher Peters to President and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, in the United States; and Duos taps Adrian Goldfarb as Chief Financial Officer.

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MBTA Issues Proposed $9.6B CIP, Extends Keolis Contract

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on April 25 released its proposed $9.6 billion FY 2025-29 Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and agreed to extend Keolis’ operations contract for its Commuter Rail network, which runs from Boston to Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Transit Briefs: Keolis, PANYNJ, Project Connect

Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis) expands its partnership with Samaritans to provide lifesaving trainings to Commuter Rail personnel. Also, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) new PATH commuter rail tap-and-go payment system is now available at select turnstiles in all terminal stations; and a court challenge from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton could end Austin’s Project Connect plans.

​Passengers wait to board a Piedmont train at the station in Greensboro N.C. (NC By Train)

Transit Briefs: MBTA, Brightline, NC By Train

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) issues a request for information (RFI) to gather views on plans to replace its existing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contract and considers increasing service on the Fairmount Line with a new fleet of electric battery-powered trains. Also, Brightline cuts its 2024 ridership forecast; and NC By Train ridership continues to grow.

BLET, Keolis Reach Tentative Agreement

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced Nov. 7 that a contract ratification vote is under way for the union’s members who work with Keolis Rail Services Virginia. According to

Keolis VP of Commercial Development Francis Julien
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Julien Rejoins Keolis as VP of Commercial Development

Keolis North America (Keolis) on Oct. 5 announced that Francis Julien has rejoined the company as Vice President of Commercial Development to “further advance Keolis’ commercial development activities and attract new business by identifying growth projects and deepening relationships with partners and other stakeholders.”

Trinity Metro will continue TEXRail commuter service south to one new station. (Photograph Courtesy of Trinity Metro)

Transit Briefs: Trinity Metro, Midcoast Railservice, NYCT, Keolis

Trinity Metro selects a final design consultant for its $167 million commuter rail extension project in Fort Worth, Tex. Also, Midcoast Railservice debuts Rockland-to-Brunswick, Maine, rail excursions; off-peak headways on MTA New York City Transit’s C Line are decreasing by 20%; and Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis) provides $25,000 in scholarships to Massachusetts students.

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Transit Briefs: STM, Tri-Rail, Keolis, NYMTA, TriMet

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM), along with the City of Montreal and the Montreal police (SPVM), launches campaign calling on witnesses to help prevent harassment in public spaces. Also, south Florida’s Tri-Rail commuter railroad’s estimated downtown Miami service start date gets pushed back; Massachusetts lawmakers urge Gov. Maura Healey to start preparations for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) next Commuter Rail operations contract; the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) completes renovation at Kings Highway F Station; and a partnership between TriMet and Multnomah County breathes new life into an underused park & ride in Gresham, Oreg.

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Transit Briefs: NYMTA, MARTA, Amtrak, Keolis, RTD

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) completes renovation of Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway station, as part of New York City Transit’s (NYCT) Re-NEW-vation campaign. Also, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) advances Kensington transit-oriented development (TOD) with rezoning approval; Amtrak plans $13 million project at Union Station in Meridian, Miss.; Keolis joins Latinos In Transit as business partner; and the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) W Line marks a milestone with 10 years of service.