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Westbound NJT North Jersey Coast Line train 3231—nine MultiLevels hauled by an ALP46 electric—crosses the Navesink River Bridge. Along the line is the Long Branch Station, where a USDOT Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program award will help remove an at-grade rail crossing and construct a pedestrian tunnel. (William C. Vantuono Photograph)

USDOT Debuts Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Feb. 28 reported that its new Reconnecting Communities Pilot Grant Program will distribute $185 million to 45 projects; this includes six capital construction grants (with one rail-related project) and 39 planning grants (with nine rail-related projects).

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NJT Seeks HBLR O&M Contractor

New Jersey Transit (NJT) has initiated a procurement process for an O&M (Operations and Maintenance) contractor for the 20.6-mile, 24-station Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) system, which has operated under the initial DBOM (Design-Build-Operate-Maintain) contract held by 21st Century Rail Corporation since its inception in 2000. “As that contract gets set to expire in the coming years, NJT is evaluating all options on how best to continue delivering high-quality operation and maintenance of the system,” the agency said.

A New Jersey Transit study, released in November, found that a dedicated transit roadway with embedded light rail is the preferred alternative to current Princeton Junction commuter rail service. (Rendering Courtesy of NJT’s Princeton Transitway Study: Preliminary Concept Analysis.)

Transit Briefs: NJT, SEPTA, WMATA

New Jersey Transit (NJT) has released a study of alternative transit modes for the Princeton Branch. Also, Pop-Up Metro is proposed to link Pennsylvania’s West Chester Borough to downtown Philadelphia; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has released a proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

MassDOT has submitted an application for more than $108 million in federal funding for rail corridor improvements between Springfield and Worcester to restore Inland Route intercity passenger rail service. (Amtrak Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak/CSX/MassDOT, DART, NJT

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), in partnership with Amtrak and with support from CSX, is seeking federal funding for corridor improvements to restore Inland Route intercity passenger rail service. Also, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is extending the Discount GoPass Tap Card pilot program; and New Jersey Transit (NJT) is re-launching its Adopt-A-Station program.

As part of its Climate Action Plan, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission has moved to the sole use of renewable diesel (R100) for its ACE locomotive fleet.

Transit Briefs: ACE, NJT, STM

San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission has made the switch to 100% renewable diesel for locomotives operating in ACE (Altamont Corridor Express) commuter rail service in California. Also, New Jersey Transit (NJT) and Berkeley College have signed a three-year marketing agreement; and Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has released its 2023 budget and 2023-32 Capital Expenditures Program.

NJT Expands Heritage Fleet

New Jersey Transit has added a Heritage Locomotive to its revenue flee, EMD GP40PH-2 4101, one of the original CNJ (Central Railroad of New Jersey) GP40Ps that has operated in revenue service for more than 54 years.

On Sept. 11, the first two of 72 Kawasaki-built rapid transit cars for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s PATH system arrived at Port Newark via a Ro-ro vessel originating in Japan. (Credit: PANYNJ)

Transit Briefs: CA, CTrail, MARTA, NJT, NYCT, PATH, SacRt, TTC

Wellness centers will be deployed at all California transit agencies. Also, a new CTrail- and Amtrak-served train station and roadway safety and track improvement project is under way in Windsor Locks, Conn.; Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) outlines Streetcar East Extension project; New Jersey Transit (NJT) teams with BetMGM on rail line naming rights; MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) graduates subway train operators; PATH’s first two new Kawasaki-built rapid transit cars arrive from Japan; Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) offers a ride-free week in celebration of California Clean Air Day; and Toronto Transit Commission will recognize Canada’s National Day of Mourning.

Among the NJT Board’s recent actions was the approval of an approximately $6.08 million contract with Union Paving for the first construction phase of the Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility project.

NJT Advances Lackawanna Cutoff, Car Storage, Fare Upgrade Projects

The New Jersey Transit (NJT) Board of Directors on April 13 moved forward to restore passenger rail service along the Lackawanna Cutoff with the approval of a rock tunnel rehabilitation contract. In addition, it signed off on a railcar storage and inspection facility construction contract and on a fare card stock contract.

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.
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Portal North Builder Gets Official ‘Go’ From NJT

New Jersey Transit has issued a “Notice to Proceed” to Skanska/Traylor Bros PNB Joint Venture (STJV) for construction of Portal North Bridge, which is slated to take approximately five and a half years to complete.