New York City transit shuts down due to Isaias

Isaias was being difficult on Aug. 4. The tropical storm ripped upward along the East Coast and hit New York City transit particularly hard. Gusting winds, some exceeding 70 mph, took out

Bells & Whistles—LIRR reaches second milestone in two weeks

Watch: Rail delivery for DART’s Silver Line project. With no tax on ballot, doom day looms for Caltrain. Workers make first strike on Gold Line extension in L.A. Watch time-lapse video of

LIRR continues to hit milestones on expansion project

MTA Construction & Development (C&D), the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and design-builder 3rd Track Constructors successfully installed a new LIRR bridge and underpass tunnel at New Hyde Park Road in New

Sunday Cinema: Diversion work on MBTA’s Red Line

We have a triple feature this week. The first video shows diversion work on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Red Line. The shutdown allowed crews to accomplish 140 days of work in

Watch: Time lapse of LIRR’s weekend rail bridge replacement

MTA Construction & Development (MTA C&D) announced that it has replaced the 78-year-old bridge that carries the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) over Glen Cove Road in Carle Place. The new bridge

Harsco Rail reaches an important milestone with MTA Long Island Rail Road

Harsco Rail announced that earlier this month they hit a major milestone with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), which is one of the busiest commuter rail roads

Transit asking for big money in next federal stimulus bill … but when will it happen?

On the same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the Democrats’ next federal stimulus bill, called the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act, leaders in the transit

Bells & Whistles—5/8/20

Bridge work cranks up at Virgin Trains’ Orlando extension project. MARTA may have to cut, delay light rail projects due to COVID-19. Work continues at LIRR’s Third Track project. Texas Central ruled

Workers at LIRR’s Third Track project battle coronavirus head on the right way

You are not supposed to be able to work around something you can’t see, but the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic while still working on its

COVID-19 claims New Jersey Transit’s Ray Kenny

New Jersey Transit Senior Vice President and General Manager Rail Operations Raymond P. Kenny, 69, has died of COVID-19. Kenny, who began his transportation career in 1970 as an MTA Long Island

April editorial: This is going to hurt rail agencies, but it’s the right thing to do

I’m preparing for the body aches. No, I do not have COVID-19 (at least I think I do not have it), but the coronavirus is partly behind it. Since all activities have

Bells & Whistles—3/20/20

Due to technical difficulties on YouTube’s end, please go to the following link to view the latest Bells & Whistles: Bells & Whistles—3/20/20. Coronavirus my infect November ballot for Oregon Metro’s huge

Long Island Rail Road refunding little to riders; MTA’s Foye asking for $4B federal bailout

Most Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) customers expecting to receive a refund for their cancelled monthly passes are getting coins instead of bills.

Bells & Whistles Special—Saturday news update

Transit agencies suffer drop in ridership due to coronavirus fears. GoTriangle takes another angle with new commuter line. New transit line in Austin would cost taxpayers big time. Ottawa’s Confederation Line faces

Transit ridership drops significantly across the country amid coronavirus fears; some agencies cut service

With the coronavirus continuing to spread fear across the U.S., transit agencies are now starting to feel the effects of more people working from home and more people simply avoiding public gatherings.

Confirmed cases in N.Y. has MTA, rail agencies scrubbing stations, trains and cars

After two confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is on sanitize alert. 

Long Island Rail Road

Bells & Whistles—1/24/20

 Long Island Rail Road train delays at all-time low. DART presents plan for subway that will run through downtown Dallas. Union Pacific gets innovative when it comes to handling ties. Is

Preventive maintenance helps Long Island Rail Road hit best on-time mark in three years

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is running on-schedule. Delays hit a three-year low in 2019, and much of the success is due to the LIRR Forward program.

Bells & Whistles—Jan. 10, 2020

Virgin Trains USA wants a new rail bridge Broken rail causes derailment and delays BNSF crew needs to be rescued after derailment Class 1s want lawsuit in just one court, not multiple

Broken rail adds to frustration for LIRR riders

Schedule changes, a reduction of trains in service and rerouting due to work at Penn Station in New York was more than enough to handle for Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) riders