On Jan. 1, 2022, Peter J. Andrews will become MARTA’s Chief Legal Counsel, succeeding Elizabeth M. O’Neill, who is retiring after 22 years of service.

People News: MARTA, SEPTA, STV, TexAmericas Center, WSP USA

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), STV, TexAmericas Center, and WSP USA have announced executive appointments.

TransLink—which runs SkyTrain automated rapid transit, West Coast Express commuter rail, bus and SeaBus ferry services—has teamed with SCRAP-IT to offer a Compass Card rebate to riders exchange for their older automobiles.

Transit Briefs: TransLink, MTA Metro-North, SEPTA

Metro-Vancouver’s TransLink is offering fare card rebates to riders who scrap their older fossil fuel-powered cars and trucks. In addition, MTA Metro-North Railroad on Oct. 4 celebrated the completion of its ADA-compliant Port Jervis Station in New York; and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board has approved measures to add more social outreach workers.

SEPTA: ‘Reimagining Regional Rail’ Post Pandemic

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is embarking on a yearlong, three-phase analysis and public feedback process for “Reimagining Regional Rail.”

SEPTA reported this week that it is looking to group its Rail Transit Network—comprising the Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line and Norristown High-Speed Line, as well as the 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, 36, 101, and 102 Trolleys—under a single name: SEPTA Metro.

Transit Briefs: SEPTA, SFMTA, WMATA

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is proposing a new name for its rapid transit and trolley lines, as well as new letters and colors to represent them. In addition, late night subway service will return in October for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA); and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) on Sept. 7 reopened four Green and Yellow line stations following summer reconstruction work.

SEPTA Transit Police Debut YouTube Channel

The SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) Transit Police have a new tool to help solve cases: a YouTube channel.

The operating budget will allow SEPTA to increase service levels—without fare increases—in support of the region’s recovery from COVID-19.

SEPTA Board Approves FY22 Budget

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board has signed off on the proposed $1.52 billion operating budget and $618.85 million capital budget for FY 2022, which starts July 1.

SEPTA’s “Virtual Women Building SEPTA - Trades & Technical Career Fair” will be held June 26.

Transit Briefs: SEPTA, UTA

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is holding a virtual career fair to recruit women working in skilled trades or technical fields. In addition, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is no longer under federal “monitorship.”

Under the SEPTA proposal, service would rise on subways, trolleys and buses to 96% of pre-COVID levels, and to 80% on Regional Rail, as needed during FY 2022.

SEPTA Releases FY22 Operating Budget Proposal

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has proposed a $1.52 billion operating budget for FY 2022, allowing for increased service without fare hikes.

SEPTA Board Approves Five-Year Strategic Plan

The SEPTA Board has approved a five-year Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2021 through 2026.

Five stations are planned for SEPTA’s 3.5-mile King of Prussia rail extension, including the First and Moore/Valley Forge Station (rendering above).

SEPTA Advancing King of Prussia Rail Extension

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) permitting Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to continue design and construction of the 3.5-mile, five-station King of Prussia (Pa.) Rail extension of the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL).