Washington Metro on possible track issues behind rail car wheel problems: ‘WMATA is treading carefully’

Washington Metro’s Vice President and Assistant Chief Safety Officer Jayme Johnson wants everyone to know that the NTSB investigation involving the 7000-series rail car is still ongoing, and that no definitive conclusions have been made.

Southwest Light Rail project accused of causing more structural damage to nearby property

Met Council and the builders behind the Southwest Light Rail project are being taken to court by a businessman who claims nearby construction caused damaged to a warehouse that he owns.

Washington Metro ignores track issue that could be pulling rail car wheels apart

Washington Metro’s issues with rail cars might be more linked to what is under the wheels than the wheels themselves.

APTA calls on Congress for needed funding following severe natural events

Transit agencies across the U.S. have some unmet needs due to severe natural events, and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is taking the natural route for funding.

MBTA does five years’ worth of rail improvements in 30 days; addresses FTA Special Directive

The MBTA announced that service on the Orange Line and Green Line Union Square resumed on Sept. 19.

MTA track replaced with proven updated design

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that normal J and Z service was restored by 5 a.m. on Sept. 19 between the 121 Street and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations in Queens following completion of approximately 2.4 miles of track replacement.

Bells & Whistles—Purple Line project expecting more delays, workforce issues

The top news stories RT&S was following the week ending Sept. 16.


Closure of MBTA Green Line D Branch planned for infrastructure upgrades

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, the Green Line D Branch will close for three nine-day, full-access closures.

Sound Transit

New complication puts strain on Sound Transit project

Crews continue to work connecting the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension to Tacoma Link with round-the-clock and nighttime construction activity.

Rail Group On Air: 2022 Top Projects, Part 2

RT&S Editor in Chief Bill Wilson talks to Railroad Construction Company, Inc., about the Way Interlocking and Subway Structure Rehabilitation project.

Problems persist for Maryland’s Purple Line light rail project

Delays and cost overruns have plagued Maryland’s Purple Line project, and there does not seem to be a recovery any time soon.

September editorial—Sound Transit is experiencing a lot of hurt

I’m surprised I did not take a Vaseline shot to the eye.

Watch: MBTA releases video of work being executed on Orange Line

MBTA’s Orange Line is now 69% complete

Bells & Whistles—Southwest Corridor light rail project takes an unexpected hit

The top news stories of the week ending Sept. 9.

Phoenix light rail project now about 50% complete

The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub light rail project in Phoenix has reached the halfway mark.

Audit shows Southwest Corridor light rail project was hit with the unexpected, leading to higher costs and delays

Results of an audit report on Metro’s Southwest Corridor light rail project connecting downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie and other areas show a major oversight and a major amount of money that is missing.

BART shuts down service due to ‘kink in the rail’

Heat continues to get in the way for BART.

MBTA Orange Line work reaches halfway mark

The MBTA has announced that 50% of the work taking place along the Orange Line during the 30-day closure is complete.

MBTA has been responding to FTA’s safety concerns, but more work is on the horizon

The MBTA launched the Quality, Compliance, and Oversight Office to address the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) findings contained in the Safety Management Inspection report.

Contractor for San Jose tunnel now wants to implement a number of ‘innovations’

The prime contractor for a BART light rail extension project wants to do some unstacking.