This is an ongoing series that will keep you informed about the goings-on in the transit industry. Hopefully, it will provide little perspective on the larger environment in which DART operates.
This week in transit news, Austin’s getting tunnels, New York’s getting 24-hour service back, and Atlanta’s getting new rail cars.
Tales from the Austin Underground
Down in Austin, Capital Metro gets the legislative go-ahead to build a tunnel – or tunnels – in the downtown area. Mass Transit explains:
House Bill 3893 from Rep. Gina Hinojosa, an Austin Democrat, grants Capital Metro a 99-year lease to the underground rights of Republic Square Park and Brush Square.
It’s part of a broader initiative happening in the city:
Project Connect calls for a myriad of additions to the city’s public transit system, including two light rail lines, downtown tunnels and bridges above or tunnels below Lady Bird Lake.
The subway that never sleeps
On May 17, New York City will resume the 24-hour subway service it’s famous for (it’s one of only a few systems in the world that operate round the clock). The New York Daily News notes:
The change comes as vaccination rates climb and COVID cases plummet, prompting the governor to also announce the lifting of capacity limits for most businesses beginning May 19.
Elsewhere in transit: Pennsylvania introduces free, late-night, on-demand service aimed primarily at workers on the graveyard shift; FlixBus, a European intercity bus service with some service in America, tests first-class service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas; and Atlanta reimagines interiors on new rail cars.