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    List of coronavirus products for public transport operators published


    USA: A list of sources of products to help the public transport sector respond to and recover from the coronavirus crisis has been compiled by the American Public Transportation Association and the Community Transportation Association of America. The Covid-19 Recovery Vendor List for Public Transportation provides ...

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    American Industrial Transport brand launched


    USA: American Railcar Industries has been renamed American Industrial Transport, as part of its strategy of focusing on leasing and repair activities following the sale of its wagon and components manufacturing business to The Greenbrier Companies last year. It will also been known by its wagon ...

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    Level crossing inspection trial


    USA: Railway Internet-of-Things developer Wi-Tronix has been awarded a grant to test the use of AI-aided machine vision for the automated inspection of level crossing equipment. Wi-Tronix is to evaluate the ability of locomotive-mounted forward-facing cameras to detect and analyse level crossing equipment such as lights ...

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    Uber Transit Ticketing aims to make public transport visible and accessible


    USA: Uber Transit Ticketing has been rolled out across 13 public transport agencies in Ohio and Kentucky, enabling passengers to plan journeys and buy tickets using the taxi booking company’s app. This integration has previously been available in individual cities including Denver and Las Vegas, but ...

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    Phoenix light rail extension contract approved


    USA: The award of a contract for a joint venture of Kiewit and McCarthy to build Phase II of the northwest light rail extension in Phoenix was approved by the Valley Metro Rail board on July 16. Utility relocation is expected to begin in August, with ...

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    Acciona consortium to build Vancouver SkyTrain extension


    CANADA: British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has selected an Acciona-led consortium as preferred bidder for a contract to design, build and partially finance the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver.

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    NJ Transit orders more electro-diesel locomotives


    USA: A $70·5m order for a further eight Bombardier Transportation ALP45-DP electro-diesel locomotives was approved by the New Jersey Transit board on July 15. They are scheduled to be delivered from 2022, taking the commuter operator’s ALP45-DP fleet to 60 locos. They can operate at 200 ...

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    San Diego BiLevel order to ‘make the decision to try transit an easy one’


    USA: San Diego’s North County Transit District has awarded Bombardier Transportation a $43m contract to supply a further 11 BiLevel double-deck coaches for entry into service in winter 2022-23. This will enable the Coaster commuter service to be increased to run every 30 min, and facilitate the ...

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    NRE Chief Executive Steven Beal dies


    USA: National Railway Equipment Corp announced on July 16 that its CEO Steven L Beal had died suddenly at his home in Ladue, Missouri, on July 11, adding that the employee-owned business was ‘devastated by this tremendous loss’.

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    Talgo VI trainsets withdrawn from Amtrak Cascades service


    USA: Washington State Department of Transportation has withdrawn its 1998-built Talgo VI trainsets used to operate the Amtrak Cascades services between Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, ahead of the procurement of replacement rolling stock. Withdrawal of the Talgo VIs was recommended by the National ...

  • Major projects include Toronto’s Ontario Line and the Yonge North, Scarborough and Eglinton West extensions
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    Rail export opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand


    INTERNATIONAL: Business opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be discussed in the next two in the series of webinars which the UK Department for International Trade and the Railway Industry Association are running to assist British railway suppliers looking to win export orders. The ...

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    Foothill Gold Line extension construction begins


    USA: Major construction work on the 14·6 km Foothill Gold Line extension of Los Angeles’ L Line light rail route was launched on July 10. The extension from APU/Citrus College to Pomona is scheduled for completion in 2025, adding four stops in Glendora, San Dimas, ...

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    Watco to acquire rail assets at six Dow sites


    NORTH AMERICA: Chemical producer Dow has signed a definitive agreement to sell the rail infrastructure assets and related equipment at six of its US and Canadian sites to shortline group Watco. This includes all Dow-owned tracks and associated infrastructure at the Plaquemine and St Charles sites ...

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    Calgary Transit deploys Masabi mobile ticketing


    CANADA: Calgary Transit has rolled out Masabi’s My Fare contactless mobile ticketing platform across its network, following a pilot project on four routes. Fare products available on the mobile app include monthly and day passes as well as single ride and airport tickets. The platform includes ...

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    Fare collection inclusivity with payment at shops


    USA: Customers of transport operators which use Cubic Transportation Systems’ TouchPass digital ‘fare collection as a service’ platform will be able to add stored value to their ticketing accounts at local shops under a partnership agreement with payments technology company InComm. The agreement will enable transport ...

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    New England’s Pan Am Railways up for sale


    USA: New England regional railroad Pan Am Railways has been put up for sale, with the private owners including majority shareholder Tim Mellon appointing BMO Financial Group to assist with the process.

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    Iron Horse terminal opens


    USA: Following four years of development Iron Horse Terminals has fully opened its freight facility at Beaumont in the southeast Texas petrochemical region. The site, which is connected to Union Pacific and BNSF routes, has space for storing more than 1 300 wagons, a 30-wagon maintenance ...

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    Seattle light rail project management contract awarded


    USA: Seattle’s Sound Transit has selected the South County Transit Partners joint venture of Mott MacDonald and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business to provide project management services for the design and construction of the Federal Way Link Extension light rail project. South County Transit Partners provided project oversight ...

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    BART Silicon Valley Phase I extension opens


    USA: The long-awaited extension of San Francisco’s BART metro network to Santa Clara County was opened for passenger service on June 13, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony the previous day. Running from Warm Springs/South Fremont station to Berryessa/North San Jose with an intermediate station at Milpitas, the ...

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    Phased construction of Calgary’s Green Line approved


    CANADA: A phased approach to building the 20 km light rail Green Line was approved by Calgary City Council on June 16. Construction of Stage 1 is due to begin in 2021 for opening in 2027 at an estimated cost of C$4·9 bn. This covers ...