‘Alexa, Where’s My NJT Train?’

Alexa, Amazon’s ubiquitous AI (artificial intelligence) platform, can now tell you if your New Jersey Transit commuter train is running on time.

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High-Speed Debate Continues—in Congress

The long-simmering controversy over high-speed rail (HSR) continued during a May 6 hearing before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. Its theme: “When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies.”

Farmer Among Rail Insights 2021 Headliners

Railway Age’s seventh annual Rail Insights Conference will be a three-hour virtual event on June 17 featuring top industry speakers, including BNSF President and CEO Katie Farmer.

People News: NJ Transit, HDR, Schenck, STV, WSP

New Jersey Transit hires Chief of Construction Management; HDR names Transportation Program Delivery Services Director; Schenck Process Group signs on Advisory Board Chairman; STV appoints Vice President; WSP USA welcomes two Leadership Team members for Southern California and Nevada.

The single-level alternative (rendering above) would transform “Penn Station into an open, single-level concourse, eliminating all low ceiling heights and simplifying entry and exit routes from trains and the street level, while also creating new large circulation areas bigger than the Great Hall of Grand Central Terminal,” according to MTA.

New York Penn Station Reconstruction Project Advances

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Amtrak and New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) have announced two alternatives to transform their separate concourses into one “open, light-filled” space in the existing Penn Station.

The FEIS and ROD for the Hudson Tunnel Project are set for completion in May.

Biden Greenlights Resumption of Gateway Project

The Biden Administration has announced that a “critical milestone” in the Gateway Tunnel Project will be achieved in May—completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Record of Decision (ROD).

New Jersey Transit’s first of 25 dual-power locomotives from Alstom will begin dynamic qualification and acceptance testing for about six weeks before entering revenue service.

NJT Accepts First ALP-45DPA

New Jersey Transit’s (NJT) initial second-generation ALP-45DPA dual-power (electric-diesel) locomotive from Alstom has arrived, and the agency is slated to take delivery of another 24 on order by early next year.

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COVID-19 Rescue Package Signed: What’s in Store for Transit and Amtrak

Let’s take a closer look at the increases in relief for transit and Amtrak; consider how they will affect service; and examine what transit, Amtrak and their riders can expect in the near future.

The proposed 18-mile Glassboro-Camden Line would operate diesel light rail vehicles—like those found on New Jersey Transit’s River LINE—along Conrail track. (Rendering from GCL, Twitter.)

South Jersey Light Rail Project Advances

An Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for an 18-mile Glassboro-Camden light rail line has been completed for submission to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced the $250 million expansion of the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden. (Gov. Murphy, Twitter)

For NJ Transit Camden Hub, a $250MM Overhaul

New Jersey Transit’s (NJ Transit) Walter Rand Transportation Center (WRTC) in Camden County will be redesigned and replaced.

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