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.

Bill Proposal Reauthorizes WMATA Capex, Provides $50MM for More Oversight

Slated for release this week: Legislation that will reauthorize Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) annual funding for the next ten years and include additional funding tied to safety, oversight and governance reforms.

WMATA will replace 130 escalators at 32 stations under a seven-year, $179 million contract with KONE Corp.

Supply Side: WMATA, Stantec

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has awarded an escalator replacement contract; global engineering and design firm Stantec has signed an agreement to acquire an Australia-based transportation planning and engineering firm.