CTA's Pride Train wrap, sponsored by Miller Lite, now features the “Philly Flag,” which adds a black and brown stripe to the traditional six-color Pride Flag, as well as the blue, pink and white “Transgender Flag.”

Transit Briefs: CTA, Infrastructure Canada, LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency, WMATA, ICM Mobility Group

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has unveiled its updated “Pride Train”; Infrastructure Canada has announced the recipients of its Knowledge Synthesis Grants on mobility and public transit; Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency has received American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awards for best marketing and communications on COVID-19; Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) has launched SmarTrip for Android™ in Google Pay; and ICM Mobility Group has acquired mobile ticketing and payment specialist Unwire.

Sustainability Roundup: Wabtec, WMATA

Wabtec has published a Green Finance Framework, as part of its sustainability strategy; Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has released Climate Bonds Certified green bonds, as part of its “commitment to delivering sustainable, cost-effective transportation service to the Washington [D.C.] Metropolitan Region.”

Laura Mason, incoming Executive Vice President of Major Program Delivery, Amtrak

Amtrak Tabs Mason to Lead Major Program Delivery

Amtrak has appointed Laura Mason as Executive Vice President of Major Program Delivery, a new organization responsible for the largest infrastructure, fleet and station projects.

Two train-separation incidents in 2020—neither of which resulted in serious injuries—arose from “problems with how parts were replaced” during a November 2019 overhaul, according to the Washington Post. (Wikipedia)

Report: WMATA 6000-Series Cars Sidelined ‘Indefinitely’

The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (WMATA) fleet of 6000-series rapid transit cars remains out of service, following two train-separation incidents on the Red Line in 2020, according to the Washington Post.

More ATC Safety Work Ahead for WMATA, Audit Finds

The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC) has released an audit report of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Automatic Train Control (ATC) and signaling system inspection, maintenance, engineering and training practices that identifies “several positive practices and a number of areas that require improvement.”

Nuria Fernandez is currently Deputy Administrator and senior official of the Federal Transit Administration.

Fernandez Nominated for FTA Administrator (Updated)

President Joe Biden has officially sent to the U.S. Senate his nomination of Nuria I. Fernandez for Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the move would elevate her from Acting Administrator.

Pictured is an artist’s rendering of the new Hitachi Rail 8000-series trains for WMATA.

Hitachi Rail Wins WMATA 8000-Series Contract

The contract could be worth $2.2 billion if all options are exercised.

COVID-19 Rescue Package Signed: What’s in Store for Transit and Amtrak

Let’s take a closer look at the increases in relief for transit and Amtrak; consider how they will affect service; and examine what transit, Amtrak and their riders can expect in the near future.

The 11.4-mile Phase 2 extends the Silver Line from the eastern edge of Reston, Va., west to Washington Dulles International Airport and to Ashburn in eastern Loudoun County, Va. It includes six new stations and a rail maintenance facility.

WMATA: Silver Line Phase 2 Advances, Slated for Operational Testing

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority targets a late-summer handoff of the Silver Line Metrorail’s second phase to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

To maintain rapid transit cars system-wide, a new WMATA Rail Heavy Repair and Overhaul Facility is slated to open in fourth-quarter 2024. It will have service bays for 40 cars.

Supply Side: Hensel Phelps/Stantec, WSP USA

WMATA has selected a design-build team for its Rail Heavy Repair and Overhaul facility. WSP USA has appointed a National Transit and Rail Leader.