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Bill To Give D.C. Residents $100 A Month For Metro Clears Council Committee, 9/26/22 -- The Washington, D.C. City Council's transportation committee on Monday advanced a bill that would give most D.C. residents up to $100 a month to be used for Metrorail and Metrobus, effectively making public transit free — or at least significantly cheaper — for many city-based users. The five-person committee unanimously voted to approve the bill, sending it to the full legislature for debate and a first vote as early as October.
L.A. Metro’s K Line to open October 7 Mass Transit, 9/23/22 - The 8.5-mile K Line, formerly the Crenshaw/LAX Line, will connect L.A. Metro’s C Line (Green) and the E (Expo) Line with eight new stations, followed by a ninth, Aviation/Century station, that will open in late 2023 providing access to Los Angeles International Airport.
As City Plots Greenway in Queens, Neighbors and Transit Advocates Wait for Trains Gothamist, 9/22/22 -- The latest twist in the long-running saga of a railway that hasn’t had trains on its tracks since 1962 left supporters of reviving the Long Island Rail Road’s old Rockaway Beach Branch for mass transit miffed — but City Hall and MTA officials insist that reactivating the old railway is still possible.
MTA to install 2 surveillance cameras on every subway car Gothamist, 9/20/22 -- The MTA will install two surveillance cameras on all subway cars, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday, saying the devices will help straphangers feel safe. The 13,000 cameras, which cost a total of $5.5 million, will be installed on 6,455 subway cars over the next three years. The MTA already has 10,000 cameras in all 472 of its subway stations.
Not Just Freight: The Rail Strike May Be Coming for US Commuters Bloomberg, 9/14/22 — Thousands of Americans will have to find alternative means of transportation if the strike goes ahead, with commuter lines to Washington, D.C., and Chicago warning that trains on some routes will grind to a halt as early as Friday. Amtrak trains from Chicago to cities including Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco have already been canceled, and more routes were suspended Wednesday.