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On December 15, MBTA CEO Steve Poftak hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chelsea Suburban Station with Massachusetts DOT Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler and community leaders.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and a developer have teamed up to add a one-acre park near Victory Station. In addition, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) awarded a 10-year digital transport and advertising contract; The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) celebrated the completion of the Chelsea suburban train station; the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Board of Directors approved final environmental studies for Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line Capacity and Service Improvement Program; and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) determined that an airport Trolley extension is feasible and can be built within the next 10 years.

DART has partnered with developer Hillwood Urban to build Victory Station Square, the agency reported on December 13. The one-acre park, designed by TBG Partners, is adjacent to the DART station of the same name, which serves the Trinity Railway Express streetcar and commuter train. railway runners. It is also located across from the American Airlines Center (ACC) and adjacent to Victory Commons One, Hillwood’s new 365,000 square foot Class A office building. The park and Victory Commons were completed on November 19.

“The new Victory Station Plaza is a fantastic opportunity to provide much needed green space for the region while ensuring our passengers have improved access to Victory Station,” said DART President and CEO Nadine Lee. “We continue to see the movement of developers and communities to provide housing and activity centers near train stations. Connectivity and access to public transportation are increasingly important in our rapidly urbanizing region of Dallas-Fort Worth.

“This park space has always been part of DART’s plan for this land dating back 20 years when Hillwood originally built the AAC,” said Hillwood Urban Executive Vice President Ken Reese. “We’re excited to help make this happen and improve the neighborhood, not to mention providing great views from the offices overlooking the park. “

MARTA’s board of directors has approved a resolution awarding a 10-year contract to Intersection Media for the management of all advertising space in stations, as well as on railcars, buses, trams and paratransit vehicles.

The revenue-generating contract includes two one-year options as well as the installation of 200 new digital screens, advertising space in 60 electric vehicle charging stations at nine locations and digital advertising screens on the 254 new Stadler cars that will begin to arrive in 2023.

Fifty-five advertising companies participated in MARTA’s tendering process, and 15 of them attended a pre-tender conference this summer. Intersection Media and another promoter submitted proposals and were evaluated on industry experience, creativity of advertising programs, features and services, local and national sales capacity and cost, according to MARTA, which has noted that companies were also rated on their diversity and inclusion. mobile advertising integration initiatives and capabilities.

Intersection Media guarantees MARTA a 70% share of advertising revenue placed on its properties, with a minimum annual guarantee totaling $ 60 million over the term of the contract, according to the transport agency. The contract also includes a clause for “residual COVID-19 issues or other significant events that could affect service levels or ridership.”

The bus shelter advertising contract is separate and expires next December, MARTA said.

MBTA’s new, $ 37.7 million multimodal suburban rail station began providing Newburyport / Rockport Line passengers with fully accessible, high-level platforms as well as bus service connections Silver Line 3 (SL3) on November 15. It replaces an old inaccessible station. .

The groundbreaking ceremony on December 15 showcased the station’s new platforms as well as awnings and benches, sidewalks, security cameras and passenger assistance phones, among others.

As part of the construction project, MBTA crews and contractors improved signaling systems and crossings, made improvements to traffic lights at three intersections that cross the Silver Line bus route (Everett Avenue, Spruce Street and Arlington Street) and have improved the priority of transit signals for SL3 in Chelsea.

“Allowing for faster boarding and better accessibility for people of all skill levels, this brand new, fully modern and fully accessible Chelsea station is a key investment in our commuter rail infrastructure and a great upgrade for our passengers. commuter train ”, Steve Poftak, Managing Director of MBTA. noted.

The LACMTA Board of Directors has approved the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) certification for the Antelope Valley Line (AVL) Capacity and Service Improvement Program. The project aims to increase the frequency and reliability of service along the 76.6 mile rail corridor between Lancaster and downtown Los Angeles, California (see map above). Existing Metrolink commuter rail service models range from 30 minutes during peak hours to up to two hours during off-peak hours. The project would allow scheduled 30-minute two-way service from Los Angeles Union Station to the city of Santa Clarita, and hourly service to the end of the AVL corridor in the city of Lancaster, according to LACMTA.

To implement the program, three major enhancements are offered: the Balboa Double Track Extension in Los Angeles, the Canyon Siding Extension in Santa Clarita, and the Lancaster Terminal Upgrades in Lancaster (see graphic above).

LACMTA said it will continue to work with Metrolink and other stakeholders to complete the final design and prepare to begin construction as early as 2028-30.

Metrolink is the largest passenger rail agency in California and operates seven lines along a 538 mile network through Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The AVL improvements are part of its Optimized Rail Expansion for Southern California (SCORE) program.

“I am delighted that we have certified the Final EIR of the Antelope Valley Line Capacity and Service Improvements,” said Metrolink Chairman of the Board, Ara Najarian, who is also a member of the Board of administration of LACMTA and Glendale City Council. “This project will improve the frequency and reliability of service along the rail corridor between Lancaster, Santa Clarita, the San Fernando Valley, Glendale and downtown Los Angeles. This milestone brings Metrolink users closer to increased mobility and access to employment centers and tourist destinations. This action extends our commitment to improving the frequency and reliability of services along this vital corridor. “

Mott MacDonald presented the MTS board of directors with three options for extending the trolley from San Diego to the airport, which were evaluated as part of a preliminary feasibility study. These included an elevated guideway off Laurel Street and two underground options in Hawthorne (see render above and map below). “MTS staff favored the underground option along Hawthorn Street due to the lack of airspace restrictions, minimized impacts on private property and the lowest cost,” the agency said. “With that option in mind, Mott McDonald looked at two types of landfill to consider in a final plan: tunnel boring and cut and cover. The study concluded that the project is feasible.

The project would not only allow for further westward expansion (including Point Loma, Liberty Station, Sports Arena and seaside communities), but would also provide greater accessibility (direct connection to the three light rail lines, five rapid lines, six bus lines, COASTER and Amtrak) and a quick schedule (the airport extension could be built in 10 years at an estimated cost of $ 1.5 billion to $ 2 billion), according to MTS.

The proposal includes a station at each airport terminal parallel to Harbor Drive, including alignment with the reconstruction of Terminal 1. San Diego International Airport has set aside more than $ 500 million for upgrades. transport, including transit to the airport.

The MTS board of directors has authorized staff to seek federal and state grants for the project and continue to educate the community as well as the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the Port of San Diego and Solar Turbines.

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