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ENSCO Launches Center for Critical Infrastructure Protection

ENSCO, Inc. on Feb. 13 announced that it has launched the Center for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP), an initiative designed to provide comprehensive cyber and physical security solutions to organizations.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2, which represents 661 streetcar overhead and subway signal maintainers and others at TTC, voted in favor of a strike mandate on Feb. 8. (TTC Photograph)

Transit Briefs: TTC, Santa Clara VTA

Communications, electrical and signal workers at Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) vote in favor of a strike mandate. Also, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) launches an anti-harassment campaign.

Beginning Feb. 26, TTC will enter Ontario’s One Fare program, which eliminates double fares for riders transferring between transit agencies in the Greater Toronto Area. (Metrolinx Photograph)

Transit Briefs: TTC, MBTA, TriMet

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) joins Ontario’s One Fare Program. Also, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) advances South Coast commuter rail project; and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) begins decommissioning its Type 1 light rail vehicles.

OptiFuel Systems' Total-Zero™ RNG-Electric Line Haul Locomotive and RNG-Powered Tender (Photo: Business Wire)

OptiFuel to Begin Testing New Locomotive, Tender Prototypes

OptiFuel Systems (OptiFuel) announced Jan. 11 that it will begin testing a 5600 hp Total-Zero™ Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Line Haul Locomotive and 2500 hp Total-Zero™ Powered Tender with 7,500 DGE (diesel gallon equivalent) capacity, in January 2025.

Metrolinx’s East Harbour Transit Hub in Toronto will be located on the Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Transit rail lines. The station will provide connections to the Ontario Line subway and future Toronto Transit Commission services. (Rendering Courtesy of Metrolinx)

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, BART

Hatch is tapped to design the East Harbour Transit Hub for Metrolinx. Also, Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) Fleet of the Future trains are projected to come in hundreds of millions of dollars under budget.

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TTC Approves C$2.6B 2024 Operating Budget

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Board on Dec. 20 approved a 2024 C$2.6 billion ($1.95 billion) operating budget that “freezes fares, continues to increase service, and invests millions of dollars in system safety and cleanliness.”

Forty Creek® Canadian Whisky and Metrolinx will provide free rides on GO Transit and UP Express on New Year's Eve. (CNW Group/Campari Group Canada)

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, NJ Transit, FTA, CTA, SFMTA, TTC

Metrolinx teams up with Canadian whisky brand Forty Creek to provide free rides on GO Transit and UP Express on New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, NJ Transit’s systemwide beverage ban remains in effect, and the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) takes nationwide steps to address assaults on transit workers. Also, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) kicks off a community engagement process to activate new spaces under new Red Line Tracks; the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) introduces the first LRV4s with a new seating arrangement; Scarborough’s Rapid Transit (RT) trains could have a new home in Detroit; and NJ Transit sells a stuffed animal to support Ricardo the Bull.

With service expected to launch early next year, Phoenix Valley Metro’s 1.6-mile Northwest Extension Phase II project is now in the testing phase. (Phoenix Valley Metro Photograph)

Transit Briefs: CTA, MARTA, Phoenix Valley Metro, SacRT, Tri-Rail, TTC

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is developing a chatbot for customer assistance on its website. Also, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) advances its Five Points Station Transformation Project; Phoenix Valley Metro readies for the Northwest Extension Phase II project’s 2024 launch; the first of Sacramento (Calif.) Regional Transit District’s (SacRT) new Siemens Mobility SD700s enter the final testing phase; Tri-Rail’s commuter rail ridership recovery continues in Florida; and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) awards a radio communications coverage contract for a subway system pilot project.

The city of Toronto will receive funding from the government of Ontario for 70 Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway trains. Fifty-five will be purchased for Line 2 and 15 for the Scarborough Subway Extension and Yonge North Subway Extension projects. (TTC Photograph)

Ontario, Toronto Forge ‘New Deal’

Under a “new deal” reached Nov. 27, the government of Ontario will provide the city of Toronto with up to C$1.2 billion in provincial operating support over three years and capital relief, which includes funding for the Eglinton Crosstown and the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects; 70 new Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway trains; and subway and transit safety, recovery and sustainability.

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Alstom: First of 60 New Streetcars Delivered to TTC

Alstom announced Nov. 17 that it has delivered the first of 60 additional new low-floor Flexity™ light rail vehicles to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) as the first step in fulfilling a