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High school students this summer will shadow CTA’s construction management team and document the 5.6-mile Red Line Extension project. (Project Rendering Courtesy of CTA)

Transit Briefs: CTA, Minn. Met Council, NJT, SEPTA, Metrolinx

This summer, Chicago will see CTA’s Red Line Extension project through the eyes of three high school students. Also, Minnesota’s Metropolitan (Met) Council and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) prepare an environmental report for the Metro Blue Line extension project; New Jersey Transit (NJT) hosts a workshop on transportation and security planning ahead of large-scale events like the FIFA World Cup 2026; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in May exceeds 70% of pre-COVID ridership for the first time; and Ontario’s Metrolinx awards a rail program advisory contract to Jacobs.

Metra, Union Pacific, state, and local officials cut the ribbon to officially open the new Peterson/Ridge Station in Chicago. (Metra Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Metra, NJT

Metra launches its long-awaited commuter rail station in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Also, New Jersey Transit (NJT) advances its Brick Church Station modernization and Brielle Drawbridge replacement projects.

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FTA Awards $343MM for Station Accessibility Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 28 reported that eight transit systems in eight states will share $343 million to make their rail stations “more accessible and in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards” by installing elevators, renovating platforms for level boarding, improving signage, and improving visual and audio systems.

The Portal North Bridge crossing the Hackensack River in the New Jersey Meadowlands is 50% complete, NJT and Amtrak reported May 13. (Photo Credit: Amtrak/Marc Glucksman and William Kyle Anderson)

Transit Briefs: NJT/Amtrak, MBTA, Caltrain, Brightline

New Jersey Transit (NJT) and Amtrak’s Portal North Bridge project on the Northeast Corridor is 50% complete. Also, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) advances Red Line track work, removing 13 speed restrictions; Caltrain launches Bay Area transit “discord server”; and Assured Guaranty Municipal Corporation insures $1.134 billion of bonds for Brightline, Florida’s private-sector passenger railroad.

NJT celebrates “Earth Week” by unveiling its first-ever sustainability plan. (NJT Image)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak Virginia, LACMTA, NJT, MWAA

Amtrak Virginia and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) experience double-digit ridership growth in March. Also, New Jersey Transit (NJT) releases its first sustainability plan; and Brookville Equipment Corporation receives a Notice to Proceed on a $16.4 million contract from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).

New Jersey Transit’s Board on April 10 unanimously approved a 15% fare hike starting July 1, with a 3% annual increase beginning July 1, 2025. (William C. Vantuono Photograph)

Transit Briefs: NC by Train, NJ Transit, TTC

Ridership for NC By Train—North Carolina-supported Amtrak service—marks a milestone. Also, the New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) Board approves a double-digit fare hike; and communications, electrical and signal workers at Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will begin strike action on April 22 if a collective agreement is not reached.

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‘Young Professionals’ Virtual Conference Set for May 9

Railway Age’s second-annual Young Professionals conference—the rail industry’s only free event tailored to helping “fast trackers” in the freight, passenger and supply sectors advance their careers—will be held virtually on May 9

DART riders will now be able to access real-time vehicle locations, arrival time predictions, and alerts such as detours and cancellations on Google Maps, the Transit app, and various other apps. (DART Photograph)

Transit Briefs: DART, NJT, NYMTA

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) expands the use of real-time data so more riders can track vehicle locations, delays, and service changes. Also, New Jersey Transit (NJT) renews a supplier contract for fare collection system upgrades; and New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) seeks a “master tenant” to develop and manage retail at MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Grand Central Madison.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on March 26 reported via social media: “Today I signed legislation investing billions into our transportation infrastructure for the next five years. This critical funding will help upgrade our roads and bridges, create thousands of good-paying union jobs, and help commuters across NJ get to where they need to go.” (Photograph Courtesy of Gov. Murphy via social media platform X, formerly Twitter)

New Jersey TTF Renewed Through 2029

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation renewing the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) for five more years (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2029). It will invest billions to modernize and maintain infrastructure and provide additional capital funding for New Jersey Transit (NJT).