BART crews have installed prototype fare gates at West Oakland Station to “protect against fare evasion, expand access to transit-dependent riders, and reduce system downtime due to maintenance.” (BART Photograph)

Transit Briefs: NJT, BART, SacRT

Buses of migrants bound for New York City have been stopping at New Jersey Transit (NJT) stations to avoid New York rules. Also, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) unveils prototype fare gates and boosts its “Clipper START” means-based fare discount; and Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) eyes a Blue Line light rail and/or bus rapid transit extension from the city of Sacramento to the city of Elk Grove, supports Sacramento’s Truxel Bridge Concept and Feasibility Study, and lands a Caltrans Climate Adaptation Planning grant.

RTD will introduce systemwide lower fares starting Jan. 1. (Denver RTD Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Denver RTD, NJ Transit, NYMTA, LIRR

Denver Regional Transit District (RTD) on Jan. 1 will launch systemwide lower fares. Also, AECOM lands a design contract for New Jersey Transit’s New Brunswick commuter rail station; New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYMTA) is pre-qualifying vendors for new subway system fare gates; and HNTB earns an award for the MTA Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Jamaica Capacity Improvements (JCI) program, Phase 1–Platform F.

Forty Creek® Canadian Whisky and Metrolinx will provide free rides on GO Transit and UP Express on New Year's Eve. (CNW Group/Campari Group Canada)

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, NJ Transit, FTA, CTA, SFMTA, TTC

Metrolinx teams up with Canadian whisky brand Forty Creek to provide free rides on GO Transit and UP Express on New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, NJ Transit’s systemwide beverage ban remains in effect, and the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) takes nationwide steps to address assaults on transit workers. Also, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) kicks off a community engagement process to activate new spaces under new Red Line Tracks; the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) introduces the first LRV4s with a new seating arrangement; Scarborough’s Rapid Transit (RT) trains could have a new home in Detroit; and NJ Transit sells a stuffed animal to support Ricardo the Bull.


For Atlas (Who Didn’t Shrug), a 1:1 Scale NJT Locomotive

Full disclosure: When I’m not dealing with full-size railroad rolling stock, I operate (don’t say “play with,” please) model trains. I have a fully operational O scale railway, and a collection of

NJ Transit's Erie Heritage locomotive debuted Nov. 8 at Hoboken Terminal.

Transit Briefs: NJ Transit, MBTA, TCMC Intercity Passenger Rail Project, Amtrak, Omaha Streetcar

NJ Transit unveils its latest heritage locomotive. Also, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) launches an improved web interface; the second Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) passenger train is on hold until 2024; Mobile forwards a lease agreement to Amtrak for a stop in Alabama; and Omaha reveals the first phase of its streetcar design.


NJT 40th Anniversary Express: South Amboy Power Swap Redux

During my 31-plus years at Railway Age, I logged thousands of miles (and hours) on NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line, commuting to Penn Station New York and then hopping on the

Requiem for a New Jersey Branch Line

Chesapeake & Delaware LLC (C&D) wholly owned subsidiary Delaware & Raritan River Railroad (DRR) has completed the Freehold & Southern Connection, a five-mile track rehabilitation project reconnecting, after nearly 40 years, Freehold

Accessibility upgrades were celebrated at Amtrak’s Del Rio station in Texas. (Amtrak Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, CTA, LACMTA, NJ Transit

Amtrak completes station accessibility upgrades in Texas and West Virginia. Also, ridership growth at Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) continues into September; Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) celebrates a $38.2 million grade separation project grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); and New Jersey Transit debuts contactless fare payment for light rail and bus riders.

Jim Blaze photo

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, Skyline, Caltrain, NJ Transit

Amtrak makes progress in bringing stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Also, Honolulu’s Skyline sees an increase in ridership; Caltrain completes three major milestones toward Electrification Program; and NJ Transit’s Walter Rand Transportation Center (WRTC) Improvement Project continues to advance.

More than 300 people rode Amtrak’s Gulf Coast Inspection Train (pictured) from New Orleans to Jacksonville, Fla., in February 2016, as part of an ongoing effort to restore passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast, which was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and never resumed. (Marc Glucksman, Amtrak)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, NJ Transit, OC Transpo, TransLink

Amtrak and Southern Rail Commission (SRC) officials share updates on three passenger rail projects spanning Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Also, New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) continues its school safety education programs; Ottawa’s OC Transpo launches a credit card fare payment system for all buses and O-Train Line 1 stations; and metro Vancouver’s TransLink is conducting a survey to measure regional travel patterns.