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MassDOT Board Approves $16.7B Five-Year CIP

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors on July 17 approved the Fiscal Year 2025-2029 (FY25-29) five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP), which includes $16.7 billion in planned transportation investments.

Transit Briefs: MBTA, CTA, San Diego MTS

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) accelerates major Track Improvement Program work on the Red Line Braintree branch. Also, Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) new chatbot sees success since recent launch; and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors gives green light to new Copper Line Trolley.

Transit Briefs: Keolis, Metrolinx

Keolis partners with communities to brighten Fairmount Line stations. Also, Metrolinx customers can now add a PRESTO card to Apple Wallet; and crews break ground on Metrolinx’s future Ontario Line connection at Pape Station.

“This Measure RR Annual Report highlights how the rebuilding program is boosting safety, making our core infrastructure more resilient, and improving our on-time performance for our riders,” BART General Manager Bob Powers said during the report’s July 11 release. (BART Photograph)

Transit Briefs: BART, CTA, Denver RTD, MBTA

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) releases its latest Measure RR rebuilding program report. Also, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) marks a milestone in its commitment to delivering pre-pandemic levels of rapid transit service by year-end 2024; Denver (Colo.) Regional Transportation District (RTD) is set to serve its 50 millionth A Line commuter rail rider; and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is launching a public access Naloxone (Narcan) pilot program.

MBTA will begin accepting contactless payments onboard Green Line and Mattapan Line trolleys as well as buses, and at all gated subway stations beginning Aug. 1. (Photograph Courtesy of MBTA)

Transit Briefs: MBTA, BART

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will next month debut contactless payments onboard Green Line and Mattapan Line trolleys as well as buses and at subway fare gates, and has officially opened the Worcester Union Commuter Rail Station’s center platform. Also, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) releases a report detailing its role in the region.

MBTA on July 3 reported reaching a “landmark achievement” by negotiating agreements with all 28 of its affiliated labor unions, representing 16 collective bargaining agreements. (MBTA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: MBTA, SEPTA, DEN

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) secures contracts with all 28 unions. Also, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) reports a 37% decline in serious crimes through first-half 2024; and Alstom Innovia 300R trains enter service at Denver International Airport (DEN).

Transit Briefs: MBTA, OCTA

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) completes critical track work on the Orange Line. Also, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) seeks public input on its 2024 OC Transit Vision Master Plan.

ASLRRA SVP, Law and General Counsel Sarah Yurasko (pictured far left) has been sworn in as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar; she is shown here at the Supreme Court with her sponsoring attorney Susan Warshaw Ebner of ASLRRA member Stinson (ASLRRA Photograph). MBTA Deputy Director of Administration Katie Kalugin (pictured far right) has earned the WTS 2024 Claire Barrett Member of the Year Award. (MBTA Customer and Employee Experience Department Photograph).
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People News: ASLRRA, MBTA

Sarah Yurasko, Senior Vice President, Law and General Counsel for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), has been admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Also, WTS International and its Boston Chapter have selected as member of the year Katie Kalugin, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Deputy Director of Administration.

Transit Briefs: MBTA, MDOT, Metrolinx, CTA, AtkinsRéalis/NYMTA

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) releases a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) site in Attleboro. Also, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces a TOD vision for Baltimore’s Reisterstown Plaza Metro Station; the original price of the Ontario Line didn’t include all costs, according to Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster; the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announces the name of the new Green Line Station, which is currently under construction; and AtkinsRéalis Group Inc. (AtkinsRéalis) will work with ECCO III Enterprises Inc. to design and build upgrades to the New York Metropolitan Authority’s (MTA) Broadway Junction Complex.

A new Amtrak station in Brattleboro, Vt., is being built to improve accessibility; it will have the state’s first-ever level boarding train platform. (Rendering Courtesy of Amtrak)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, MBTA, Metrolinx, Chicago RTA, Sound Transit, SEPTA, TriMet

Amtrak breaks ground on new Brattleboro, Vt., station and platform upgrades. Also, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) teams with Tufts University on a new university pass pilot; Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto edges toward completion and Eglinton Crosstown West Extension marks a milestone; Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) advances the launch of an integrated day pass for Metra, CTA and Pace riders; Sound Transit riders in Seattle, Wash., can now add an ORCA fare card to their Google Wallet; and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) increase rules’ enforcement.