Walk Bridge Off to a Running Start

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is starting construction on the Norwalk River Railroad (Walk) Bridge Replacement Project in Norwalk. Originally built in 1896, the Walk Bridge is a four-track swing span

MBTA Lines Plagued with Track Defects

BOSTON – MBTA has its work cut out for it.

NYMTA Transit Tech Lab Releases Results of Operational Efficiency, Human Capital Utilization Challenges

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Partnership for NYC Transit Tech Lab on May 9 reported the results of its Operational Efficiency and Human Capital Utilization challenges, in which 15 companies have been selected to collaborate with regional transit agencies and test technologies, such as AI (artificial intelligence), LiDAR and edge computing, to “mitigate service disruptions, automate operations and combat workforce shortages.”

Caltrain Awards CM/GC Contract for Mountain View Project

Caltrain on May 4 announced that its Board of Directors voted to award a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) contract for the Mountain View Transit Center Grade Separation and Access Project to Stacy & Witbeck, Inc.

GDC Notes Progress on Hudson Tunnel Project

The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) on May 5 reported “significant progress and early work beginning in 2023” on the Hudson Tunnel Project, the largest component of the Gateway Program. The GDC Board

(Metra Photograph, via Twitter)

Metra Outlines Station, Track, Signaling Improvement Plans

Metra on May 2 detailed its construction projects for 2023, which include station improvements valued at $119.5 million, or nearly a quarter of the Chicagoland commuter railroad’s annual capital spending for the year; platform repairs and replacements; and track and signaling system renewals.

SEPTA Taps Michael Baker International for Broad Street Line ADA Improvements

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on April 27 announced that Michael Baker International, Inc. has been selected for architectural, design and construction-related services for the Logan, Wyoming and Hunting Park Stations on the Broad Street Line.

MBTA to Continue Track Improvement Work Across System in May

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has announced service changes to take place on multiple lines throughout the month of May in order to prioritize work that will enhance service reliability on the system overall.

CDOT to Replace 3-Mile Stretch Along Metro-North’s New Haven Line

As part of a multibillion-dollar effort to improve commuter rail service across the state, the Connecticut Department of Transportation plans to replace a three-mile stretch of track along Metro-North’s New Haven line.

MTA’s State of Good Repair Work on 7 Line Slated for May

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that state of good repair work on the 7 line’s 82 St-Jackson Heights and 111 St stations in Queens will begin next month.

Honolulu Rail Safety Plans Call for Security Cameras, Patrols

A federally mandated rail safety plan that names the city Department of Transportation Services as the final responsible party for the forthcoming rail system is nearing official approval.

Ties on I-90 Bridge Must Be Rebuilt for Sound Transit Service

Crews have been working in the former express lanes of Interstate 90 for a couple of years now, attempting to repair faulty track supports along Sound Transit’s future light-rail extension.

Metrolinx Shares Progress on Finch West LRT

Metrolinx has made progress on its guideway, the two terminus stations, and the maintenance and storage facility as the spring season gets underway.

An ACS64-led Amtrak Northeast Regional train prepares to depart Penn Station New York, bound for Washington, D.C. William C. Vantuono photo

GDC Revises Hudson Tunnel Project Procurement Strategy

The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) on April 18 announced that it has revised its procurement strategy to build the Hudson Tunnel Project, dividing the “Civil Works” construction of the new tunnel from one package to four packages, including additional early works projects.

MTA Completes Renovations at Grand St BD Subway Station 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on April 17 that crews have completed renovation work at the Grand St BD subway station in Chinatown under New York City Transit’s Re-NEW-vation campaign, which entailed rebuilding station components during a 55-hour window.

Regional Transportation Authority

Metra to Begin Construction at 103rd Street Washington Heights Station

Metra crews on April 21 will begin work on a major rehabilitation project at the Rock Island Line’s 103rd Street/Washington Heights Station. The station will remain open for passenger service throughout the project, but the depot building will be inaccessible to commuters while construction is underway.

Metrolinx to Begin Ontario Line Work in May 

Metrolinx has announced that all vehicle traffic will be diverted off Queen Street from Bay Street to Yonge Street and from Yonge Street to Victoria Street for an estimated four and a half years beginning May 1, 2023, marking an important step forward in the construction of Ontario Line’s future Queen Station.

CTA to Make Community Enhancements as Part of Red and Purple Modernization Project

The Chicago Transit Authority has announced a significant new addition to the $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization Phase One Project, which will create more than one mile of new open space beneath Red and Purple Line tracks in the Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods.

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Amtrak Launches Procurement for East River Tunnel Renewal

Amtrak has begun the procurement phase of the East River Tunnel Rehabilitation Project by issuing a Request for Qualifications for construction services to replace two of the tunnel’s four tubes.

Caltrain to Take On Electrification Construction

Caltrain has announced that its service will be reduced from 104 trains per day to 82 trains per day for the weeks of April 17-21 and April 24-28 to accommodate Caltrain Electrification construction and testing.