NJ Transit releases $5.7 billion capital plan, 10-year strategic plan

News Wire Digest for June 9: BART increases trains on one line, adjusts schedules on others; Steamtown cancels all excursions through September
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A northbound NJ Transit train arrives at Princeton Junction, N.J. in August 2019. NJ Transit has released new capital and strategic plans.
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Tuesday morning rail news in brief:

NJ Transit unveils capital, strategic plans

NJ Transit has released a $5.7 billion capital plan covering the next five years, along with agency’s first 10-year strategic plan. The two plans were released Monday by Gov. Phil Murphy at a press conference with NJ Transit CEO Kevin Corbett. NJ.com reports the strategic plan, NJT2030, has five goals — including systemwide reliability and safety, powering a stronger and fairer economic recovery, and promoting a more sustainable future — and includes 26 strategies to meet them. Rail aspects of the capital plan include addressing needs for upgraded interlockings, bridges, and signals; flyovers at key locations to reduce scheduling conflicts; and a remodeling of Hoboken Terminal that would include a raised train shed to protect against flood risk, reorient tracks and platforms for better intermodal connectivity, and the addition of one new platform to increase capacity.

BART adds rush-hour trains, adjusts other schedules
With ridership beginning to increase, Bay Area Rapid Transit added three trains during each peak commuting period to its Yellow Line (Pleasant Hill-Daly City) on Monday. In the morning, the new trains leave Pleasant Hill at 6:16 a.m., 6:46 a.m., and 7:16 a.m., creating 15-minute headways for the 90-minute period between 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. In the afternoon, the new trains leave Daly City at 3:55 p.m., 4:15 p.m., and 4:45 p.m., creating 15-minute frequencies between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. BART also began running new schedules on Monday for the Green and Orange lines to account for the opening of the Milpitas and Berryessa stations, which will add 13 minutes of travel time to those two lines when they open on June 13.

Steamtown trips off through September
The Steamtown National Historic Site has now cancelled all scheduled excursions through Sept. 30, as the facility remains closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release, the site said the decision reflected the lead time needed to perform maintenance on its equipment that could not be completed this spring, along with “concerns about the practicality of implementing CDC, state, and local guidelines regarding COVID-19 mitigation.” Updates on reopening and the status of fall and holiday excurisions will be available at the Steamtown website.

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