The Hudson Tunnel Project could begin as early as mid-2023. (Photo: Amtrak)

Finally! Hudson Tunnel Project Green-Lighted for Construction

Now all that is left is the money.

TTC on Nov. 8 reported “personal information of some TTC employees, former employees and pensioners may have been stolen,” following a cybersecurity attack, which the agency became aware of on Oct. 29. (Photo by William C. Vantuono)

Transit Briefs: NJ Transit, Metrolinx, TTC

New Jersey Transit has awarded a $45.5 million contract for Perth Amboy commuter rail station renovations, and installed 558 new ticket vending machines. In addition, passengers can now ride the WAVE (Whitby Autonomous Vehicle Electric) shuttle to Metrolinx’s GO Train; and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has provided an update on the recent cybersecurity attack that impacted a number of its internal and customer-facing functions.

On Nov. 1 Chicago Transit Authority debuted a special train wrap to honor the Chicago Sky, its hometown 2021 WNBA Champions.

Transit Briefs: Brightline; CTA; Metrolink; NJ Transit

Brightline has partnered with TransitScreen to provide real-time multi-modal transportation information in stations. In addition, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is honoring the Chicago Sky, its hometown 2021 WNBA Champions; Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) is working with Moovit to help riders calculate the best routes for their trips; and New Jersey Transit is adding 22 weekday trains to align with rider demand and 14 weekend trains to improve service frequency.

President Joe Biden on Oct. 25 attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Portal North Bridge in New Jersey. (Photo Courtesy of Craig J. Coughlin, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, via Twitter)

President Biden Joins in Portal North Bridge Groundbreaking Ceremony

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Oct. 25 helped mark the official start of Portal North Bridge construction in New Jersey.

Portal North—part of the massive Gateway Program, which will eventually double rail capacity between Newark, N.J., and New York—will replace the 110-year-old Portal Bridge, a mechanical-trouble-plagued swing bridge built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1910 as part of its New York Improvements project.

NJ Transit Approves $1.56B Portal North Bridge Construction Contract

Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors approved a $1.56 billion contract with Skanska/Traylor Bros Joint Venture for the construction of the new Portal North Bridge on the Northeast Corridor, crossing the Hackensack River in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

NJ Transit has ranked No. 24 out of 90 New Jersey companies listed on the Forbes “America’s Best Employers By State 2021,” which includes 1,330 companies across the country.

Transit Briefs: NJ Transit; Metrolink

New Jersey Transit has been named to the Forbes “America’s Best Employers By State 2021” list. In addition, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) will offer free round-trip tickets for rider use from Sept. 22, Car Free Day, until Oct. 31.

Sofia Berger, incoming Executive Leader, Transportation National Business Line, WSP USA

Berger to Lead Transportation National Business Line, WSP USA

WSP USA is promoting Sofia Berger to Executive Leader of the Transportation National Business Line, succeeding Joseph G. Pulicare, who will retire at the end of the year.

MBTA will receive $859.6 million in ARP grants for COVID-19 response from the FTA.

MBTA, OCTA: $1B in ARP Grants for COVID-19 Response

The Federal Transit Administration has awarded American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 grants for COVID-19 response to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, $859.6 million) and Orange County (Calif.) Transportation Authority (OCTA, $163.9 million).

New Jersey Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo

NJ Transit Police Chief Trucillo Appointed TSA Advisory Group Chair

New Jersey Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo has been selected as Chair of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Transit Policing and Security Peer Advisory Group.

The nearly 90-year-old Newark Penn Station, located on the Northeast Corridor, serves riders of NJ Transit commuter rail, light rail and bus services, as well as Amtrak and PATH rapid transit. More than 50,000 transit customers used the station daily, pre-pandemic. (Photo from NJ Transit, Twitter.)

Advancing: $190MM Newark (N.J.) Penn Station Redesign

New Jersey Transit has released a Request for Proposal for the $190 million renovation and revitalization of Newark Penn Station.