The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD) have filed motions for preliminary injunctions to halt BNSF’s and Metra’s vaccine mandates.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will kick off its system-wide Rail Station Rehabilitation Program on Nov. 22. In addition, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on Nov. 16 marked the completion of the B Branch Station Consolidation project, and the Board of Directors for Chicago’s Metra has approved renovations to an Electric Line station and the purchase of 650 new ticket vending machines.
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Amtrak is introducing new ticket kiosks. In addition, Chicago’s Metra has broken ground on the Peterson Ridge Station; MTA Metro-North Railroad has completed a $95 million renewal of its White Plains, N.Y., station; and Texas’ Trinity Metro has appointed Paul J. Ballard interim President and CEO.
Metra’s commitment to safety and sustainability includes operating special Bike Cars that can carry up to 16 bicycles. They’re easily identifiable by their blue and grey paint scheme, as well as a large white bicycle decal adjacent to the exterior doors. The two-wheeled “riders” on these cars are now more secure, thanks to Railhead Corp.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has installed earthquake early warning systems at 26 rail and bus division facilities. In addition, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is forming a subsidiary to oversee the new East Side Access project terminal; South Florida Regional Transportation Authority’s (SFRTA) Tri-Rail is resuming full service; Thales has delivered interlocking systems for three Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) rapid transit stations; and Wabtec will provide doors, brakes, HVAC systems and event recorders for Metra’s new multilevels.
Chicago’s Metra has proposed a $900 million operating budget and $263 million capital budget for 2022; there is no fare increase.
Judge pronounces common carrier obligation for “commuter rail” dead.
Alstom has selected Amsted Rail Transit to supply complete, assembled truck systems, plus couplers, draft gears and crash energy management systems, for the 200 multilevels it’s building for Metra commuter rail service in Chicago.
The Surface Transportation Board has resolved a long-running dispute between Amtrak and Metra, deciding that the Chicago commuter rail agency must pay $10.67 million annually for use of Amtrak’s Chicago Union Station.