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Transit Records: Caltrain, MDOT MTA, Metrolinx, Valley Link

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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

Metrolinx will enhance platform security for the Elglinton Crosstown LRT project with Guideway Intrusion Detection Systems (GIDS) and warning scanners. (Photo courtesy of Metrolinx.)

Caltrain’s Board of Directors has approved its operating and capital budgets for fiscal year 2023. In addition, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is seeking comments on seven corridor study alternatives east-west transit; Toronto-area regional transit agency Metrolinx equips Elglinton Crosstown LRT with platform safety systems; and California’s Valley Link rail project has entered the project development phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program.

CaltrainThe $179.2 million operating budget for FY23, which begins July 1, 2022 and ends June 30, 2023, includes $46.5 million in fare revenue. For the second year in a row, Caltrain assumes it will receive no operating budget contributions from its three partners — San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and the City and County of San Francisco. , which he said relies on the RR measure, phased ridership recovery, and the use of deferred state transit assistance (STA) funds.

The $90.9 million capital budget for FY23 will be funded through a combination of federal, regional, and state grants, local funding, and member agency funding. It covers long-term infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects, including maintenance work on stations and intermodal accesses, signaling and communications, and rolling stock. The capital budget also includes additional funding for the Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project, San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project, Right-of-Way Fencing, Track Tie Replacement Project and general condition in good condition.

Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, California.

MDOT MTAs Alternatives to the East-West Corridor Study.

MDOT MTA and its regional partners – Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County – participated in the first phase of a feasibility study to improve public transportation in central Maryland.

The East-West Transit Corridor Study considers heavy rail, light rail, and bus rapid transit (BRT) for Essex, Bayview, Downtown Baltimore, West Baltimore, Woodlawn, and the Ellicott area City (see map above). MDOT MTA said seven alternatives were developed using stakeholder feedback and market analysis of travel patterns, transit ridership, land use and market conditions. All the alternatives would work at frequencies of 10-15 minutes or better 20-24 hours a day. The proposed alternatives are:

  1. BRT from Bayview to Ellicott City via Johns Hopkins Hospital and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Social Security Administration (SSA). This 22.7 mile route would include 39 stations.
  2. BRT from Bayview to Ellicott City via Johns Hopkins Hospital and US 40. This 18.4 mile route would include 36 stations.
  3. Heavy Rail Transit (Metro SubwayLink) from Bayview to Edmondson Village, BRT from Edmondson Village to Ellicott City. The 19.1 mile route would include 25 stations.
  4. Light rail transit from Essex to CMS/SSA via Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital. This 16.4 mile route would include 28 stations.
  5. BRT from Essex to CMS/SSA via Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital. This 17.1 mile route would include 33 stations.
  6. Light rail transit from Bayview to CMS/SSA via the waterfront. This 14.1 mile route would include 19 stations.
  7. BRT from Bayview to CMS/SSA via the waterfront. This 14.2 mile route would include 31 stations.

The study compares each of the alternatives, measuring reliability, travel time, type of guideway, ridership, household access, student needs, future employment potential, equity, cost risk and implementation time.

A public comment period is open until August 1st. All feedback will be used as the basis for determining which alternatives will be retained for future study as part of the alternatives analysis phase before an option is selected to apply for funding, the MDOT MTA reported. The alternatives analysis phase is expected to begin this fall.

“The completion of the first phase of the feasibility study is an important step in advancing the MDOT MTA’s mission to provide safe, efficient and equitable public transit to area residents,” said Holly Arnold. , administrator of the MDOT MTA. “I want to thank all of our partners and encourage our runners to share their thoughts on this exciting study.”

Pictured: Science Center station, part of the Eglinton Avenue LRT Crosstown project. (Photo Metrolinx)

Crews on the 12 miles LRT Project Crosstown Avenue Eglinton between east and west Toronto (see map below) are installing and testing Guideway Intrusion Detection Systems (GIDS) and platform warning scanners, according to project owner Metrolinx. Each of Crosstown’s 15 subway stations will be equipped with a GIDS that uses laser scanners to detect when people and objects enter the tracks. “If a person is detected on the tracks, an automatic signal is sent to the train’s control system and the train comes to a stop without driver assistance,” Metrolinx reports. “At the same time, the public address system plays an announcement warning the person to clear the tracks, and the associated live CCTV footage will open on the screens in the central control room.” Ten GIDS scanners will be placed at each station, five on each tunnel on the platform side. The five portal entrances will also be equipped with GIDS scanners to prevent people from entering the tunnels.

Additionally, platform warning scanners will be installed above the yellow touch strips on the edge of the platform to ensure passengers maintain a safe distance from moving tracks and trains. In the event that a person steps on the touch strips, the scanner will trigger an automatic audio message to play on the station’s public address system, according to the agency. Each station will have six Platform Warning Scanners, three on each side.

Construction on the project began in the summer of 2011 and is expected to be completed later this year.

Crosslinx Transit Solutions, consisting of ACS, Aecon, Ellis Don and SNC Lavalin, has been selected to build and maintain the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. It designs, builds and finances the 25 stations and stops, tracks and signals, maintenance and storage facilities; it will also maintain the SLR system for 30 years. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will be responsible for day-to-day operations.

Valley Link Railway Project Map

According Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority (Authority).

The 26-mile Phase 1 passenger train project between Dublin/Pleasanton Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Alameda County and Mountain House station in San Joaquin County (see map above ) will connect the northern San Joaquin Valley to the Tri-Valley, which is at the center of the Northern California mega-region. Construction is expected to begin in 2025.

When completed, the full seven-station, 42-mile project will stretch from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the North Lathrop Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) station. With 33,000 daily passengers projected by 2040, Valley Link would remove tens of thousands of cars from Interstates 580 and 205 and connect nearly 500 miles of passenger railroad to more than 130 stations in the Northern California mega-region . It should work with hydrogen oars.

According to the Authority, FTA’s Phase 1 approval follows the unanimous adoption of Valley Link on March 23, 2022 as part of the regional project priorities for the CIG program by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), l transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2018, the MTC Board of Directors allocated $10.1 million to the Authority to complete environmental work and initial design of the Valley Link rail project.

“This is a tremendous step towards realizing a shared vision across the megaregion – a vision for a robust and sustainable passenger rail system that will equitably serve our residents and workforce with better quality of life and access to jobs, educational opportunities and health. care facilities,” said Melissa Hernandez, Vice Chair of the Authority’s Board of Directors. “Valley Link will have immeasurable benefits for the mega-region and increase mega-regional housing supply through the advancement of transit-oriented development at stations along the corridor.”

“We appreciate FTA’s approval and are now working with them to achieve near-term mobility, accessibility, environmental and health benefits for the more than 100,000 Bay Area workers who now commute daily from their home in the northern San Joaquin Valley, an area recognized as one of the largest regions in California of California’s Climate Investment Priority Populations for State-Designated Disadvantaged and Low-Income Communities” , said the executive director of the Authority, Kevin Sheridan.

As part of related developments, the San Bernardino County (Calif.) Transportation Authority, in conjunction with Metrolink, began testing trains along the nine-mile, five-station Arrow passenger rail corridor, also known as the name of Redlands Passenger Rail Project, which is scheduled to launch this summer.