Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

The TriMet Board has approved a $1.93 billion FY 2023 budget.

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, SEPTA, Shore Line East, TriMet, Valley Metro

Metrolinx selected Ricardo Certification to perform safety assessments for the GO Expansion project in Toronto; SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) released three options for its Reimagining Regional Rail project; Connecticut’s Shore Line East commuter rail is now operating M8 Electric Multiple Units (EMU); the Board of Directors for Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) approved the FY 2023 budget; and Valley Metro launched its Tempe (Ariz.) Streetcar system.

“SEPTA is committed to ensuring our trolleys meet the needs of riders today and tomorrow,” SEPTA General Manager and CEO Leslie S. Richards said. “We are thrilled to start acquiring vehicles that open our trolley service to everyone.” (Rendering Courtesy of SEPTA)

SEPTA Issues Trolley RFP

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on May 12 released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase of 130 trolley vehicles, with an option for up to 30 more.

“Investing in transit is an investment in our climate; equitable access to opportunities; public health and safety; and economic strength,” SEPTA General Manager and CEO Leslie S. Richards said.

SEPTA Releases Capital Budget Proposals

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has proposed a $1.162 capital budget for Fiscal Year 2023—its “first to break the billion-dollar mark”—and a $11.4 billion 12-year plan.

MARTA and Goldman Sachs are working together on an initiative that finances new affordable housing and transit-oriented development near the agency’s 38 heavy rail stations and 12 Atlanta Streetcar light rail stops.

Transit Briefs: MARTA, Metrolink, SEPTA

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group have doubled the funding for their affordable housing and transit-oriented development (TOD) initiative. Also, Southern California’s Metrolink is adding 26 trains to its regional/commuter rail schedule; and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is launching an institutional pass program to boost ridership.

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.

Transit Briefs: NJ Transit, SEPTA

New Jersey Transit has earned three capital construction awards. Also, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board has approved a new ambassador program to promote system safety.

Biden Administration Sides With Labor, Throwing California Transit Grants (and Riders) Under the Bus

In what has become a contest between two groups who strongly back Democrats, the Biden Administration has come out for labor by refusing to certify grants that would help California’s transit providers and, eventually, the state’s riders. The decision by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) could eventually affect transit projects in other transit-rich states that are facing financial woes due to the pandemic.

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WOMEN IN RAIL 2021

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE: Railway Age’s Women in Rail awards recognize leaders for driving their businesses forward while making a difference in the industry and in their communities.