CHSRA Provides 2023 Project Update Report, Cost Estimates Balloon

The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently released its 2023 Project Update Report in order to fulfill its biennial requirement to update the California Legislature on the development and implementation of intercity high-speed rail service.

Valley Line LRT Bridge Pier Repairs Completed

Work is essentially complete on repairing several defective supporting piers on Stage 1 of Edmonton’s new Valley Line LRT. The piers support two short, elevated sections that carry the line across a

(Valley Metro Photograph)

Valley Metro Launches West Phoenix Transit Alternatives Study

Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix, Ariz., are conducting a study to evaluate high-capacity transit options—such as bus rapid transit (BRT), streetcar or light rail—in west Phoenix. The study area boundaries are

Maryland Transit Administration to Replace Pedestrian Bridge at Rogers Avenue Station 

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration announced that construction on a pedestrian bridge at the Rogers Avenue Metro Subway Station would commence on March 6.

Amtrak to Provide Funds, Track Outages for NY Penn Station Access Infrastructure Project

Amtrak is collaborating with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to support the Penn Station Access Project on the Hell Gate Line, creating four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx and allowing Metro-North trains to travel to New York Penn Station.

Brightline Reaches 130mph, Completes CRISI Grant Program

After hitting speeds of 130 mph, Brightline is officially the fastest train in Florida and the Southeastern U.S.

Work to Resume on Pittsburgh’s Mt. Lebanon Light-Rail Tunnel

Pittsburgh Regional Transit has announced that work inside the Mt. Lebanon light-rail tunnel will resume next week.

MTA to Raise Frequently Struck LIRR Bridge in Garden City During Weekend Work

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently announced that crews will raise the height of the bridge that carries the LIRR Hempstead Branch over Cherry Valley Avenue in Garden City over the next five weekends.

Oregon Lawmakers Propose Bill to Require Cascade to Extend to Eugene

The proposed bullet train from Portland to Seattle to Vancouver would need to include service all the way to Eugene, according to a bill that was submitted in the Oregon Legislature.

OCTA to Study Railroad Relocation to Protect San Clemente Tracks

While the Orange County Transportation Authority’s emergency work to stabilize railroad tracks in San Clemente nears completion, the agency and its partners say they are continuing work on long-term solutions to protect the coastal rail line.

WMATA Considers Open Gangway Design for 8000-Series Rail Cars

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is considering changes to the design of its next generation of rail cars—the 8000 series—stating that the changes would increase capacity while allowing passengers to move between cars and avoid crowding.

Metra to Begin Rehabilitation Project for Homewood Station

Metra will begin rehabilitation work on its Homewood Station on March 13, closing access to the tunnel on the east side.

Pictured: Renny, the first boring machine for Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown West Extension project, which started tunneling work in April 2022. (Metrolinx Photograph)

Eglinton Crosstown West Extension Reaches Tunneling Milestone

The first tunnel boring machine passed the halfway point earlier this month, digging more than three kilometers of the roughly six-kilometer tunnel in less than a year for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension project in Toronto, according to Metrolinx.

(East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Rendering, Courtesy of LACMTA)

LACMTA Advances East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Project

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) on Feb. 27 reported signing off on a $31 million pre-construction services contract for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Project.

WMATA Plans Three Weeks of Track Maintenance Work

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has announced that it will perform critical track maintenance work during the late-night and overnight hours weeknights, beginning Feb. 27 – March 2, March 6 – 9, and March 13-16.

SFMTA Motorization Allows for Critical Maintenance Work

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Maintenance of Way teams have successfully completed critical work during a N Judah motorization that took place on Feb. 18 and 19.

Coast Guard Approves Brightline’s Request to Modernize St. Lucie River Bridge

The U.S. Coast Guard has given Brightline approval to temporarily close the navigation channel at the Stuart railroad drawbridge over the St. Lucie River in order to carry out restoration work.

Metra Board Awards $3.9M Monitoring Contract to ClearBlade

Chicago Metra’s board approved a $3.9 Million contract with ClearBlade, an IoT Platform and Edge AI company, to provide grade crossing and equipment monitoring services at hundreds of locations throughout the transit network.

SEPTA Awards $124.9M Contract for King of Prussia Rail Final Design

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on Feb. 23 awarded HNTB Corporation a consultant contract for the final design phase of the King of Prussia Rail Project.

MTA to Complete Accessibility Upgrades at Stations Throughout All Five Boroughs

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on Feb. 23 the 17 stations set to receive upgrades through contract awards in 2023 that will make the system 95% accessible.