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The Brightline West Cucamonga Station in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will be home to the first high-speed passenger rail service in the Inland Empire connecting Rancho Cucamonga, the High Desert and Las Vegas. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The Brightline West Cucamonga Station in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., shall be residence to the primary high-speed passenger rail service within the Inland Empire connecting Rancho Cucamonga, the Excessive Desert and Las Vegas. (Graphic: Enterprise Wire)

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) approves sale of Cucamonga Station property to Brightline West. Additionally, SBCTA and Metrolink announce ribbon reducing ceremony of Redlands Passenger Rail Mission; Metrolink receives first American Public Transportation Affiliation (APTA) certification for sustainability program; the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) expands institutional cross program; NJ Transit wins Worldwide Knowledge Company (IDC) Greatest in Way forward for Digital Innovation Award; and NJ Transit breaks floor on Hoboken Join venture.


The City of Rancho Cucamonga Metropolis Council and the SBCTA Board of Administrators have authorized step one of the sale of a five-acre portion of the collectively owned property at Cucamonga Station to Brightline West for improvement of the primary high-speed rail station within the Inland Empire connecting Rancho Cucamonga, the Excessive Desert and Las Vegas.

Cucamonga Station, which is situated on the northwest nook of Milliken Avenue and Azusa Courtroom, will “undergo a metamorphosis within the coming years, making it the area’s world connectivity level and vacation spot location for every part California has to supply,” SBCTA says. Transportation modes at Cucamonga Station will present service by means of high-speed rail, the Metrolink San Bernardino Line, and Omnitrans Bus Fast Transit and native bus service, in addition to serve carpool commuters. Plans are additionally transferring ahead for a sub-terranean loop to Ontario Worldwide Airport (ONT), led by SBCTA, the place passengers shall be transported “in only a few minutes” between Cucamonga Station and airport terminals, the Authority says. In anticipation of deploying this service, Omnitrans has launched ONT Join, an everyday shuttle service from Cucamonga Station to the airport that operates every day each 35-60 minutes, SBCTA provides.

“The general public-private partnership between Rancho Cucamonga, SBCTA and Brightline West will assist remodel the area by means of an thrilling multi-modal transportation hub within the coronary heart of the Inland Empire,” mentioned Metropolis of Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Dennis Michael. “Cucamonga Station aligns with our metropolis’s quest to anticipate and embrace the longer term, relentlessly pursue enchancment, and promote a protected and wholesome neighborhood for all.”

The Cucamonga Station shall be strategically situated throughout the HART District–a brand new transit-oriented, combined‑use, housing, retail and industrial district that “elevates the world right into a walkable, culture-rich expertise.” Positioned throughout the space of Haven Avenue, Arrow Route, Rochester Avenue and the Transit station in Rancho Cucamonga, it would function “a crossroads of meals, journey, tradition and commerce.” The HART District, SBCTA provides, is “poised to be the following key financial catalyst within the area.”

The Metropolis of Rancho Cucamonga, Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (GOCVB), Omnitrans, the Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino County have established a joint effort for the venture improvement and outreach packages. Further venture companions, SBCTA says, will come on board because the venture continues to maneuver ahead by means of the event course of.

“This settlement is a fruits of a number of years of working along with our companions and is a key milestone to deliver high-speed rail to the Inland Empire,” mentioned John Gillison, Metropolis Supervisor for the Metropolis of Rancho Cucamonga. “Cucamonga Station will function a world connectivity anchor throughout the newly branded HART District.”

“We’re happy to take this subsequent vital step ahead in bringing enhanced transit connectivity to one of many fastest-growing inhabitants and financial facilities within the nation,” mentioned Artwork Bishop, President of the SBCTA Board of Administrators and Mayor Professional Tem of the City of Apple Valley.

The Arrow will join San Bernardino and Redlands and “supply residents, companies and guests a brand new commuting choice to journey to a wide range of leisure, schooling, healthcare and different locations.”

Individually, SBCTA and Metrolink have introduced {that a} ribbon reducing ceremony for the Redlands Passenger Rail Mission (Arrow) will happen on Oct. 21.

The nine-mile Redlands Passenger Rail Mission is “a sophisticated regional transportation venture designed to attach residents, companies and guests to a wide range of leisure, schooling, healthcare and different locations.” Based on SBCTA and Metrolink, the rail venture “offers new transportation decisions by means of the implementation of a brand new rail service that integrates conveniently with different modes equivalent to auto, bus and bicycle.”



APTA lately acknowledged Metrolink with Gold certification for its “achievements and focused enhancements to advance sustainability within the public transportation business,” the company introduced Oct. 5. The APTA Sustainability Dedication “acknowledges members who decide to changing into extra sustainable of their operations and practices.”

“As we proceed to offer protected and dependable passenger rail service to assist ship mobility choices and cut back vehicular emissions and roadway congestion throughout Southern California, Metrolink has proven management in getting ready to be resilient within the face of local weather change and in considerably lowering our environmental impacts within the area,” mentioned Metrolink Chief Technique Officer Paul Hubler. “We’re happy that our robust efforts throughout the Metrolink group have been acknowledged by our transit business friends with our first APTA Gold certification for sustainability.”

Based on the company, Metrolink obtained certification for “exceeding its board-adopted 2021 Local weather Motion and Social Impression Report that charts a course towards a zero-emission future for the company.” Based on Metrolink, its most notable achievements embrace lowering greenhouse fuel (GHG) emissions and changing into the nation’s first passenger rail company to fully energy its whole fleet of locomotives with 100% fossil-free renewable gasoline.


SEPTA is once more increasing its institutional cross program, SEPTA Key Benefit, by inviting extra organizations, together with schools and universities to take part.

SEPTA Key Advantage, which was initially launched on May 1, permits establishments to amass SEPTA Key playing cards instantly from the Authority and distribute them to workers.

At the moment, SEPTA says greater than 7,000 Drexel College, Penn Medication and Wawa workers are utilizing the passes after a “productive pilot program.” In June, SEPTA’s Board approved a tariff change to make the program permanent, and the Authority began accepting functions from companies with 500 or extra workers.

FMC Corporation, an agricultural sciences firm globally headquartered in Philadelphia, is the primary employer to affix this system for the reason that growth, SEPTA says. FMC’s eligible workers at the moment are in a position to enroll in SEPTA Key Benefit, and the passes shall be prepared to make use of on Nov. 1.

“We’re excited to see a robust demand for this program,” mentioned SEPTA Common Supervisor and CEO Leslie S. Richards. “We admire the assist from FMC and stay up for extending the advantages of SEPTA Key Benefit to extra establishments.”

“FMC needed to offer this profit for free of charge to workers to present them entry to mass transit for his or her commutes, and they also might journey anyplace, anytime on SEPTA,” mentioned FMC Vice President and Chief Human Sources Officer Kyle Matthews. “SEPTA Key Benefit provides our individuals the liberty to discover our nice metropolis in a manner that’s in line with the environmental commitments in FMC’s sustainability objectives.”

FMC was one of many first main Philadelphia employers to deliver workers again into the workplace on a versatile work plan as soon as pandemic situations allowed, FMC says, including that SEPTA Key Benefit “enhances different profit partnerships the corporate gives,” like its meal program by means of Flik Hospitality Group, which offers breakfast, snacks, espresso and lunches in FMC Tower’s café to FMC workers for free of charge.

“SEPTA is a superb companion for us due to what number of of our workers depend on their trains and buses to get to FMC Tower day by day,” mentioned FMC President and CEO Mark Douglas. “We imagine strongly that FMC is at its finest after we are working collectively in a collaborative surroundings just like the one FMC Tower offers. We’re very proud to offer SEPTA Key Benefit in an effort to make that simpler for our workers.”

Medium-Sized Employers & Passes for College College students

As a part of the following part of this system’s rollout, the Authority says it’s opening SEPTA Key Benefit to medium-sized firms with 50 or extra workers starting in January, which is when a brand new Philadelphia regulation takes impact requiring these companies to supply commuter advantages to their employees. SEPTA plans to develop this system to small companies quickly, so all employers within the area will have the ability to supply SEPTA Key Benefit to their workers.

Additionally, SEPTA says it’s now inviting schools and universities to use for this system upfront of the 2023 educational yr. “SEPTA Key Benefit UPass will make it simpler and cheaper for college kids to journey to highschool, work and different locations,” the Authority says.

“SEPTA Key Benefit is already proving to extend ridership at partnering establishments,” mentioned Richards. “Getting individuals on transit is a vital precedence in our area’s pursuit of inclusive financial development.”

Individuals can use a brand new or current SEPTA Key card for his or her cross. Identical to the Month-to-month Anyplace TrailPass, the Authority says SEPTA Key Benefit passes can be utilized on all SEPTA modes, together with Regional Rail, Market-Frankford Line, Broad Road Line, Norristown Excessive Pace Line, and metropolis and suburban buses and trolleys.

NJ Transit

IDC lately named NJ Transit’s multi-phase Innovation Prepare venture as the general winner of its second annual Greatest in Way forward for Digital Innovation North America Awards.

The Innovation Prepare venture, based on NJ Transit, “spans R&D, implementation and specification improvement that overhauls outdated applied sciences used within the transit business to attach all NJ Transit belongings (autos, stations, monitor) to offer situational consciousness, command, management, monetary and communications operations.”

“No present single product can fulfill NJ Transit’s objectives,” the company mentioned. Because of this, NJ Transit “invented” the longer term—a “single stack” configuration of {hardware}, software program and customary working procedures. The team-built know-how, the company says, “delivers a non-public mesh community that integrates NJ Transit belongings; 10G/s spine offering web entry to the mesh; edge computing for video add and analytics; onboard and station Wi-Fi; automated passenger analytics; UWB-based wayfinding; and IoT-based elevator/escalator monitoring.”

To perform this objective, NJ Transit constructed a laboratory at its headquarters and deployed the applied sciences for integration and testing. After confirming the know-how, the Innovation Workforce put in the configured objects in 4 prepare stations and two trains. Because of this, NJ Transit says, the time to dump video from autos dropped from 48 hours to 10 minutes–a discount of 99.65%, which elevated video storage size by 333%, permitting NJ Transit to forecast claims financial savings of as much as $5 million yearly.

Based on IDC, the profitable initiatives in its Greatest in Way forward for Digital Innovation North America Awards “efficiently showcased the flexibility to supply, increase, develop and/or distribute software program IP (mental property) to ship differentiation, disrupt the market by means of exterior services or products, or have a big constructive influence on inside operations.” Winners shall be acknowledged throughout a stay, digital occasion on Nov. 2.

Further Greatest in Way forward for Digital Innovation North America Award winners for 2022 embrace:

Edge Innovation Class Winner

PCL Constructors Inc. – Job Website Entry: Job Website Entry (JSA) is a cloud-based entry management monitoring platform designed and inbuilt 2021 by PCL’s Enterprise Know-how division particularly to assist the monitoring, administration, and management of workforce entry on job websites selling website safety, security, and environment friendly operations administration. JSA is designed to scale to satisfy the calls for of various venture sizes and configurations and offers versatile choices based mostly on particular building, regional, safety, or operational necessities. Tasks can select the kind of monitoring entry methodology from price efficient QR printed badges to modern facial recognition biometric authentication strategies in addition to varied {hardware} integration choices from industrial grade turnstile gate buildings, guard operated checkpoints, or self-service reader stations. The JSA answer allows discipline operations groups to be linked by means of distant cell features with the JSA Website Cell app for iOS or Android units. From easy employee monitoring to advanced authorization and safety, Job Website Entry is the safety answer for good linked building websites offering a safer work surroundings by proscribing unauthorized entry, lowering alternatives for job website theft, and monitoring time on website as a supply to confirm payroll or labor prices.

Innovation in Info Administration Winner

Nationwide Fireplace Safety Affiliation – NFPA LiNK: Developed by the Nationwide Fireplace Safety Affiliation (NFPA), NFPA LiNK is an application-based platform containing real-time code data and situational content material. Subscribers can add personalised notes along with bookmarking and sharing particular sections of code. With the pliability for use on-line or offline through cell, pill, laptop computer, or desktop units, NFPA LiNK offers faster entry to essential content material whereas remodeling the way in which data is delivered and used within the codes and requirements business. Individuals all over the world have turned to NFPA codes and requirements to do their jobs effectively and successfully for greater than a century, however lately NFPA has seen a shift within the ways in which individuals study and do their jobs. Immediately’s employees don’t discover a bodily e book or a static digital model of a e book to be the perfect means to assist resolve issues on a real-time foundation. As an alternative, they need to join the dots on security and glean real-world, real-time understanding. With 54% of NFPA LiNK subscribers being first time NFPA prospects, the platform has efficiently reached a broad vary of consumers. Not solely does NFPA LiNK assist people, however the software additionally helps the differing wants of small companies and huge organizations.

“Winners in our annual Greatest in Way forward for Digital Innovation Awards characterize these fashionable organizations which have efficiently remodeled from digital know-how shoppers to large-scale digital innovators,” mentioned IDC Way forward for Digital Innovation Analysis Director Nancy Gohring. “We’re thrilled to shine a highlight on the organizations working as digital innovation factories, constructing differentiating services and products to create higher worth for purchasers and the enterprise.”

Hoboken Yard Illustrative Plan

Individually, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Oct. 5 commemorated the groundbreaking of a brand new improvement and public infrastructure enchancment venture close to Hoboken’s historic prepare station. The “long-stalled” Hoboken Join venture, which had been in improvement for 15 years and was jump-started by the Murphy Administration by means of cooperation amongst varied companions, together with NJ Transit, LCOR and the Metropolis of Hoboken, will produce new workplace and retail area, reasonably priced housing, and enhancements to public infrastructure and the encircling streetscape.

Hoboken Connect is a multi-phased initiative that consists of personal and public parts to be applied in coordination over the approaching five-plus years. When full, NJ Transit says, the venture will instantly and not directly assist 15,290 everlasting jobs and $234 million in tax income yearly. Based on the company, the Metropolis of Hoboken will see 4,433 jobs on website with $9.6 million in annual retail spending and $4.5 million in annual income, whereas NJ Transit will profit from floor lease funds, elevated ridership and buyer expertise enhancements. Greater than 9,800 building jobs shall be created, the company provides.

The non-public part features a mixed-use residential constructing consisting of 389 house properties with 20% devoted as reasonably priced housing; a 20-story Class A workplace constructing with a rooftop terrace; 5,000 sq. ft of retail area; and associated public open area investments, together with extra pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle enhancements.

“Made potential by a mix of imaginative and prescient, tenacity and public-private synergy, the Hoboken Join venture will function a microcosm of all that my Administration is decided to perform,” mentioned Gov. Murphy. “Along with incorporating environmentally sustainable design options, this long-awaited improvement may also produce hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in income for each Hoboken and NJ Transit. Simply as crucially, this game-changing venture will join New Jerseyans to financial alternative by means of reasonably priced housing, public and energetic transportation choices, and 1000’s of good-paying jobs.”

Public investments of Hoboken Join, NJ Transit says, will embrace building of a brand new bus terminal on Hudson Place; important rehabilitation of the primary and second flooring of the Ferry Terminal for publicly accessible industrial and exhibition area; the redevelopment of Warrington Plaza; and enhancements to Hudson Place to assist bicycle and pedestrian entry to the transportation services. Gov. Murphy and the Legislature dedicated $176 million in the course of the FY2023 price range settlement to this venture by means of the Debt Defeasance and Prevention Fund. All enhancements, NJ Transit says, shall be made using historic preservation tips the place relevant.

“Modernizing our transit infrastructure is a cornerstone of constructing sustainable communities that can pay dividends for generations to come back,” mentioned New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “This venture is an instance of how the private and non-private sectors can come collectively to make our cities extra walkable and transit oriented as we proceed to restrict our influence on local weather change.”

Tags: American Public Transportation Association, APTA, Arrow, Breaking News, Brightline, Brightline West, International Data Corporation, Metrolink, New Jersey Department of Transportation, NJ Transit, NJDOT, Redlands Passenger Rail Project, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, SBCTA, SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority


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