Transit records: NYMTA, Santa Clara VTA


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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

PTSI Transportation provided a Route Learning System™ to Santa Clara VTA for use in its new Technical Training Center.

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) has set a new record for subway ridership in the era of the pandemic. In addition, the Santa Clara Valley (California) Transportation Authority (VTA) has taken delivery of a Route Learning System™ to help qualify light rail operators.

Richard Davey, President, MTA New York City Transit

May 5, NYCT subways carried 3.497 million riders, surpassing the previous pandemic-era record of 3.421 million set on December 9, 2021 and a pre-pandemic figure of 3.491 million seen on March 13, 2020, according to MTA.

“Before the pandemic, average weekday ridership regularly exceeded 5.5 million,” MTA reported. “That number dropped 95% to a low of around 300,000 daily trips in April 2020, as the number of COVID-19 cases peaked in the New York area.”

“New York City Transit is working around the clock to improve service, modernize the system and encourage riders to return to public transit,” said NYCT Chairman Richard Davey. “Optimum service, increasing train frequency and maintaining good punctuality are our primary goals as we continue to hire rail operators and strengthen the transit system for returning commuters. »

Left: Richard Lopez, Santa Clara VTA Light Rail Training Supervisor, at the new VTA Training Center. Right: Michael R. Weinman, General Manager of PTSI Transportation, presents Lopez (left) with the completed Route Learning System™ map book.

Consulting firm based in Rutherford NJ Transport PTSI provided a Route Learning System™ (RLS) to Santa Clara VTA for use in its new technical training center. The fully digital and multimedia training system on physical characteristics will help qualify light rail operators. It provides “detailed maps of the track and physical features that are synchronized with an annotated video of the route taken from the operator’s (or locomotive engineer’s) perspective,” PTSI reported. “These are accompanied by carefully scripted narration to form a multimedia system that simulates an actual journey down the line with an instructor outlining all operational elements.”

The Newark Light Rail and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail systems of New Jersey Transit and MTA Staten Island Railway in New York City also use EPIRB; RLS charts are used by the Belt Railway Company of Chicago and the New York & Atlantic Railway; and RLS is currently installed at the Indiana Harbor Belt Railway to teach foreign line interchange operations and the physical characteristics of main lines and branches, according to PTSI.


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