The grand opening of UTA's new Trax 600 South Station took place on July 26. (Photo Courtesy of UTA, via Twitter)

Passenger Rail Briefs: UTA, NYMTA, TriMet, Metrolinx, Valley Metro

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) celebrates grand opening of the new 600 South Station on its Trax system. Also, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announces universal subway wireless connectivity plan; TriMet offers unlimited one-month

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.

It took more than 35 years, but TriMet’s MAX Train 120 has traveled the equivalent of the world’s entire rail network—twice.

Watch: TriMet MAX Train Marks 2MM Miles

Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon’s (TriMet) MAX Train 120 surpassed 2 million miles of service this month—the equivalent of traveling the world’s entire rail network, twice—the agency reported.

For TriMet, $289.1MM ARP Grant

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) a $289.1 million grant for COVID-19 response under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

Bonnie Todd, incoming COO, TriMet

TriMet Appoints Bonnie Todd COO

Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) has named Bonnie Todd COO; she is the first woman to hold the agency’s top operating job.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is launching a Transit Supportive Community Development program along corridors with frequent transit service—not just near stations. (Photo credit: University City District)

Transit Briefs: BART, SEPTA, TriMet

Bay Area Rapid Transit is initiating a “Free BART Rides for School Field Trips” pilot program. In addition, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is launching a Transit Supportive Community Development program along corridors with frequent transit service, not just near stations; and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) has maintained a top bond rating and rolled out new sustainability bonds.

Dubbed “A Better Red,” TriMet’s project will expand MAX Red Line service west, helping to link Beaverton, Portland International Airport and the Gateway Transit Center, and providing a one-seat ride from Hillsboro to the airport. (Airport rendering, courtesy of TriMet)

TriMet’s ‘A Better Red’ Receiving $99.1MM CIG Grant

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a $99.9 million construction grant to the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) for its 7.8-mile MAX Red Line extension project in the Portland metro area.

Pam Arpin, Vice President and CIO, Canadian Pacific (left); Rachelle Glazier, Executive Director of Transportation Operations, TriMet

High Profile: CP, TriMet

Canadian Pacific (CP) has elevated Pam Arpin to Vice President and Chief Information Officer. In addition, Portland, Ore.-based TriMet has named Rachelle Glazier Executive Director of Transportation Operations.

The Capital Line South LRT Extension will receive $268.71 million (C$333 million) in municipal funding for construction from Century Park to the Heritage Valley Park & Ride in Edmonton, Alberta.

Transit Briefs: Edmonton, LACMTA, San Diego MTS, Santa Clara VTA, TriMet

The Edmonton (Alberta) City Council approved municipal funding for the 2.8-mile (4.5-kilometer) Capital Line South LRT Extension. In addition, LACMTA finalized its 2021-24 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan; SANDAG and MTS unveiled the VA Medical Center Trolley Station; VTA is slated to receive $20 million from the state of California to help with recovery from the May 26 mass shooting; and TriMet was forced to suspend MAX service due to record-setting temperatures.

Sam Desue, Jr., General Manager, TriMet

Sam Desue, Jr., Selected to Lead TriMet

The TriMet Board of Directors has named Sam Desue, Jr., General Manager; he has served in an interim capacity since March, following Doug Kelsey’s retirement.

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