Maryland Transit Administration

Amtrak says it aims to achieve zero GHG emissions by 2045.

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, SEPTA, TransLink, MDOT

Amtrak aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. Also, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) advances two major initiatives; TransLink opens Customer Service Center at Waterfront Station; and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recruits colleges, trade schools to help Marylanders seize career opportunities.

The Trial Running testing phase is the final series of testing before Honolulu's rail system goes into operation.

Transit Briefs: HART, Metra, Oregon Metro, MBTA, Metrolinx, TTC, CTA, MDOT MTA, VTA-BART

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) announces Trial Running testing phase for the first segment of Honolulu’s rail system. Also, Metra adds service on its Union Pacific Northwest (UP-NW) Line and capacity on Metra Electric for Bike the Drive; Oregon Metro seeks proposals for 2023 Regional Transportation Plan community partnerships; Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Orange Line “on track” to finish on time; Metrolinx’s GO Train service to Niagara Falls continues year-round; The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) increases service as more customers return to transit; Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) “Ask CTA” program to foster engagement with customers; The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) brings real-time train arrival information to Light Rail; and innovative design suggestions surface for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Extension Phase II project.

A design-build contractor team has been selected for the long-delayed Purple Line light rail project in Maryland. Construction is set to begin this spring, with service commencing in fall 2026. (Pictured: Purple Line construction work in Bethesda.)

Will Maryland Purple Line Service Start in 2026?

Maryland’s long-delayed Purple Line is getting back on track with the approval of a new design-build team, Maryland Transit Solutions, under a $3.4 billion contract; the total project cost is now estimated at $9.284 billion.

Holly Arnold, Administrator, Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA)

Arnold Elevated to MDOT MTA Administrator

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has elevated Holly Arnold to Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), following five months of service as acting agency leader.

Santa Clara VTA is now offering light rail service along the Orange Line and a portion of the Green Line. Service on the remaining segments of the Green and Blue lines will return in phases.

Transit Briefs: SCVTA, MDOT MTA

California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) on Aug. 29 resumed partial light rail service. In addition, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) on Aug. 30 launched CharmFlex, a discounted three- and 10-day pass for flexible commuter travel.

Metrolinx’s now-open Bloomington GO Station in York Region at Highway 404 and Bloomington Road extends the Richmond Hill line approximately 3 miles north.

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, MDOT MTA, UTA, VIA Rail

Toronto-area regional transit agency Metrolinx has opened the Bloomington GO Station, part of the Richmond Hill Line; the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has launched a real-time digital signage pilot program; the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees has approved a new contract with the Utah Division of Air Quality for “free fare days,” according to the Daily Herald; and VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) will increase service on the Québec City-Windsor corridor starting July 12.