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.

For Hudson Tunnel Project, Updated Financial Plan

A new financial plan has been submitted to the Federal Transit Administration to support the Hudson Tunnel Project’s inclusion in the CIG (Capital Investments Grant) Program; the project is one segment of the Gateway Program on the Northeast Corridor.

Angela Schwarz, Vice President for National Rail Systems, WSP USA

Schwarz Joins WSP USA

Angela Schwarz has joined WSP USA as Vice President for National Rail Systems.

NJT Installing Railhead Onboard Video Systems

New Jersey Transit is boosting safety and security on its commuter rail system with 200 high-definition onboard video systems from Burr Ridge, Ill.-based Railhead Corp.

Brian Wilton, incoming General Counsel, New Jersey Transit

For NJT, Office of General Counsel Established

Brian Wilton has been selected for the newly created position of General Counsel at New Jersey Transit, effective mid-September.

For NJT, $256MM ARP Payout

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has dispensed $255.7 million in previously awarded American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to New Jersey Transit that the agency will apply toward NJT services affecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania. SEPTA has received about $650 million.

Amtrak, Scranton to New York City?

The Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority (PNRRA) has signed a Joint Planning Agreement with Amtrak for proposed operation of new intercity service between Scranton, Pa., and New York Penn Station, using the long-dormant, State of New Jersey- and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-owned Lackawanna Cut-Off. The service is one of the new routes in Amtrak’s 2035 system plan.

TransLink’s Burrard SkyTrain Station upgrade project is slated to start in early 2022. It will take approximately 2 years, during which the station will be closed to protect riders and workers, reduce overall construction time by some 2-1/2 years, and save about C$35 million in costs.

Transit Briefs: NJ Transit, TransLink, WMATA

New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) is advancing its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project at Metropark Station in Woodbridge; TransLink, Vancouver, will begin upgrading the Burrard SkyTrain Station on the Expo Line in early 2022; and Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) will expand rail service to midnight, seven days per week, starting July 18.

Final in a Series: An ROD From the Feds. What’s Next?

Throughout my series about the Gateway Program over the past two years, I have often noted changes in circumstances that could, or at least should, give Gateway proponents reason to consider changing the nature or the magnitude of its component projects. That recently happened with the project to start building two new single-track tunnels under the Hudson River.