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KC Streetcar operates a 2.2-mile route along Main Street in downtown Kansas City, Mo., with 16 stops served by six streetcars. Due to increased ridership, weeknight service hours will be extended starting Jan. 21. (Photograph: William C. Vantuono)

Transit Briefs: KC Streetcar, LACMTA, Metra, NCDOT, WMATA

Responding to increased ridership, KC Streetcar in Missouri extends weeknight service hours. Also, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) holds community open houses for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project; North Carolina’s intercity passenger rail service breaks annual ridership record; Chicago’s Metra highlights record-breaking year for competitive federal grant funding; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) offers college students a new mobile fare collection option, U-Pass SmarTrip®.

“Our new fare capping policy will save our customers money and ensure that no one overpays,” LACMTA CEO Stephanie Wiggins said on Dec. 2. (LACMTA Photo, Via Twitter)

Transit Briefs: LACMTA, NCDOT/Amtrak, OLI, VTA

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Board approves a new fare policy. Also, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) completes the first phase of construction for a new Amtrak station in Charlotte; Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) awards more than $140,000 in grants to eight transit agencies in six states; and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) receives authority to pursue federal funding for up to 50% of the cost of Phase II of the BART Silicon Valley Extension Project.

The NCDOT, Union County and CSX held a groundbreaking last month for a project in Waxhaw, N.C., that includes siding and bridge construction as well as an at-grade crossing closure.

Class I Briefs: CN, CSX

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), CSX and Union County, N.C., have launched a rail safety improvement project in Waxhaw. Also, CN hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Conneaut Creek Dredge Reclamation Facility in Ohio.

Major General James Trogdon has been named AECOM's North Carolina Transportation Lead.
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People News: AECOM, Keolis, KDOT

AECOM hires Major General James Trogdon as North Carolina Transportation Lead. Also, Keolis North America (Keolis) welcomes Stephan Oehler as Chief Financial Officer; and Cory Davis is named Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Multimodal Transportation and Innovation Director.

SkyTrain in front of the King George Hub. (TransLink)

Transit Briefs: TransLink, CTA, MBTA, NJ Transit, City of Lexington

TransLink announces partnership with PCI Developments to study the benefits of providing subsidized transit at new King George Hub development. Also, the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Bryn Mawr Red Line Station wins People’s Choice Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago; the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announces that closure of the Green Line D Branch will begin Sept. 24 for infrastructure upgrades; NJ Transit unveils art project at New Brunswick Station; and the City of Lexington in North Carolina prepares to kick off the construction phase of its passenger service project.

Daniel Deusser jumped three clear rounds to win the $3 million CP International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Alberta. (Photograph Courtesy of CP; (c) Spruce Meadows Media/Jack Cusano.)

Class I Briefs: CP, CSX

Canadian Pacific (CP) has donated $124,000 to support heart health in Alberta through its Clear Rounds for Heart initiative. Also, CSX and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have earned an engineering excellence award from the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).

Amtrak and RIDOT will continue their partnership with SeaStreak to offer thruway connections at Providence Station and Newport.

Passenger Rail Briefs: Amtrak, NYMTA, Metrolinx, NCDOT

Amtrak and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) continue their partnership with SeaStreak to offer connections at Providence Station and Newport. Also, 48 of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) train operators

Brightline has been awarded a $15 million CRISI grant to advance preliminary engineering activities to support its 67-mile extension from Orlando to Tampa, Fla.

First Look: FRA CRISI Grantees for FY21

More than $368 million in FY 2021 CRISI (Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements) program grants will be distributed among 46 freight and passenger projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reported on June 2.