More rail news on Friday morning:
San Franciscon Muni will be back on the subway in May
San Francisco Muni will resume subway transportation in May. The next step in the gradual and lengthy restoration of service has been discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Francisco Chronicle reports service on the N Judah and T Third lines to West Portal Station. This is the next step in the resumption of service, which started with one line in December and another in January. The agency, which ceased light rail operations in March 2020, initially tried to resume operations in August, but stopped it after just three days due to cable failures [see “Digest: MBTA chooses builder, …” Trains News Wire, Aug. 25, 2020]. Problems were then identified with two year old maintenance work in the Twin Peaks Tunnel, which further delayed the recommissioning [see “Digest: San Francisco Muni could spend ‘tens of millions’ …,” News Wire, Nov. 20, 2020].
The Ohio governor’s budget would cut transit funding by nearly 90%
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has proposed a two-year budget designed to cut transit funding from $ 70 million a year approved in the current budget to $ 7.3 million a year, despite the latter number in the Has been reduced to $ 63 million as part of pandemic measures. Cleveland.com reports that the budget would also reduce federal funds passed on to local authorities from $ 65.9 million (including stimulus funding under the CARES Act) to $ 50 million. The state’s largest transit agency, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, received approximately $ 25 million under the current budget and used some of that funds to purchase new buses and $ 5 million for new railcars, purchases, which would not be possible under the new proposal.
NS appoints Hunt Cary as vice president of operational efficiency
The Norfolk Southern Board of Directors has elected Hunt Cary as Vice President, Operational Efficiency, effective February 15. The 28-year-old railroad veteran joins NS from Union Pacific, where he most recently served as vice president of intermodal operations. “Hunt’s leadership and broad experience in network operations and logistics will help Norfolk Southern accelerate the implementation of precision rail systems, improve our cost structure and take our operational service to the next level,” said Cindy Sanborn , Chief operating officer said in a press release. Cary will report to Sanborn.