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The Chicago Department of Planning and Development on Nov. 22 issued the first request for proposals under the city’s $10 million Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Program.

Transit Briefs: City of Chicago, CTA, Metra

The Chicago (Ill.) Department of Planning and Development (DPD) launches the first phase of a $10 million Equitable Transit-Oriented Development program. Also, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Chicago Department of Aviation team on wayfinding upgrades at O’Hare International Airport; and Chicago’s Metra commuter railroad will offer a new pilot schedule on the UP-West line.

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WOMEN IN RAIL 2022

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2022 ISSUE: Railway Age’s Women in Rail awards program celebrates strong women who excel at leadership, serving the community and contributing to the industry—above and beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities.

According to OCTA, rail service could possibly resume prior to February, when the rail stabilization is expected to be completed.

Transit Briefs: OCTA, PRT, Amtrak/CHIP

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and its contractor have begun work on the track stabilization project in south Orange County. Also, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) announces that light-rail vehicles and bus have resumed regular operations through the Mt. Washington Transit Tunnel; and Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joins 56 regional mayors to support an $850 million investment in the Chicago Hub Improvement Program (CHIP), formerly known as Chicago Access.

UTA on Oct. 17 began auctioning off its 25 Comet cars, which were retired from FrontRunner commuter rail service earlier this year. Bidding ends Nov. 1.

Transit Briefs: CTA, LACMTA, Metra, TTC, UTA, Valley Link

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) issues monthly “scorecards” on service performance. Also, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) releases Draft Environmental Impact Report for a proposed gondola to Dodger Stadium; Chicago’s Metra awards Homewood Station renovation contract; Toronto Transit Commission on Oct. 19 is hosting a “TTC Connects: Women as Transit Operators” virtual information session; Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is auctioning 25 Comet cars; and the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority Board advances the Valley Link passenger rail project in California.

TransLink customers can now receive email or text message notifications about closures to elevators, escalators or station entrances on the system in real time.

Transit Briefs: TransLink, Metrolink, Metra, MARTA

TransLink enhances transit alerts for customers. Also, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) awards a contract to Hill International to support state of good repair (SOGR) across Metrolink system; Metra seeks public comment on new strategic plan; and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) awards developer joint venture for mixed-income housing transit-oriented development at Bankhead Station.

NJ Transit wrote in an Oct. 12 Twitter post: “Today, NJ TRANSIT CEO Kevin Corbett joined @govmurphy, Congressman @frankpallone, @speakercoughlin, @woodbridgenj Mayor John McCormac and Russo Development CEO Edward Russo to advance a significant Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project at MetroPark Train Station.” (Photograph Courtesy of NJ Transit, via Twitter)

Transit Briefs: CapMetro, Metra, NJ Transit

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro) seeks 1,000-plus jobs for Project Connect in Austin, Tex. Also, Chicago’s Metra unveils 2023 budget; and New Jersey Transit advances a TOD (transit-oriented development) project at Metropark station in Woodbridge.

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Hub of the Midwest

RAILWAY AGE SEPTEMBER 2022 ISSUE: Chicagoland is the nation’s freight rail hub, a status that also holds true for passenger rail. Amtrak, Metra, NICTD and the CTA have a symbiotic relationship in