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    Caltrain’s first Stadler EMUs on test

    2020-05-29T10:02:00Z

    Stadler Kiss EMUs for Caltrain (Photos: Caltrain) USA: On-track testing of the Kiss electric multiple-units ordered by Californian commuter operator Caltrain has started at Stadler’s plant in Utah. Stadler is supplying an initial batch of 16 six-car EMUs under ...

  • Bombardier Transportation has signed contracts totalling US$108m to supply 28 BiLevel double-deck coaches to two West Coast transport operators following a procurement led by Seattle’s Sound Transit.
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    Bombardier to supply 28 BiLevel coaches to two operators

    2020-05-29T07:11:00Z

    USA: Bombardier Transportation has signed contracts totalling US$108m to supply 28 BiLevel double-deck coaches to two West Coast transport operators. The order anounced on May 27 covers three push-pull driving cars and eight intermediate coaches for Seattle’s Sound Transit, which led the procurement, as well as ...

  • Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has approved plans to acquire 33 km of railway between Healdsburg and the Mendocino-Sonoma County line from the North Coast Rail Authority
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    SMART to acquire freight operations

    2020-05-28T12:31:00Z

    USA: The board of California’s North Bay area commuter rail operator Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has approved plans to acquire 33 km of railway between Healdsburg and the Mendocino-Sonoma County line from the North Coast Rail Authority, which the state is to dissolve, and the purchase of ...

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    Short Line safety culture resources published

    2020-05-27T05:00:00Z

    USA: The Short Line Safety Institute has released Strong Safety Culture Best Practices, a resource which draws on more than five years of safety culture assessments and the 10 core elements of a strong safety culture as defined by the Department of Transportation’s Safety Council. Best ...

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    More Tren Maya construction contracts awarded

    2020-05-20T07:18:00Z

    MEXICO: On May 15, the national tourism fund Fonatur awarded a consortium of Construcciones Urales, GAMI Ingeniería e Instalaciones and AZVI the third construction contract for the planned Tren Maya network, covering the 172 km from Calkiní to Izamal in Tabasco, with a bid of 10·2bn pesos. Work is expected ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies received orders for 700 wagons worth $50m in Q2 to February 28 2017.
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    Greenbrier GIMSA Joint Venture agreement amended

    2020-05-19T07:33:00Z

    MEXICO: As part of its response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, The Greenbrier Companies has amended its 50:50 joint venture agreement with Grupo Industrial Monclova, the manufacturing partner at the Greenbrier GIMSA wagon plant in Monclova, Mexico. Both partners will receive additional revenue and ...

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    Climate change question in REMSA’s 2020 scholarship application

    2020-05-18T12:40:00Z

    USA: The Railway Engineers Maintenance Suppliers Association has made climate change the focus of its 2020 scholarship programme, for which applications close on May 29. Applicants are being asked to draft an essay addressing ‘in what ways can the freight rail industry can benefit our environment? ...

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    Partnership to offer mission-critical IoT radio communications in the rail market

    2020-05-15T11:06:00Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Siemens Mobility and private licensed wireless data network developer Ondas Networks have announced an exclusive partnership to offer a Siemens-branded portfolio of radio communications in the North American rail market. This will feature dual-mode equipment that is interoperable with Siemens Mobility’s extensive installed base ...

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    FTA clarifies restrictions on the use of federal funding for vehicle orders

    2020-05-12T12:31:00Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has published guidance intended to help transport agencies and vehicle manufacturers understand the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which imposes limits on the use of federal funding to procure rolling stock from manufacturers controlled by corporations based in certain ...

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    Amtrak requires face coverings as services increase

    2020-05-11T14:44:00Z

    USA: Amtrak has announced that all customers using its trains, stations or connecting bus services will be required to cover their nose and mouth with effect from May 11. The national passenger operator explained that the mandatory face coverings could be removed ...

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    Boston fare collection contract changes approved

    2020-05-04T06:01:00Z

    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal Management Control Board has approved changes to the public-private partnership contract for a consortium of Cubic Transportation Systems and John Laing to modernise its fare collection systems. MBTA said the amendments would ensure ‘an achievable and enforceable schedule’ ...

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    UIC shares ways to restore confidence in rail travel

    2020-04-30T12:02:00Z

    COVID-19: The International Union of Railways has published a summary of potential steps that could be adopted to increase customer confidence in rail transport following the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Sino-Portuguese consortium to build first section of Tren Maya network

    2020-04-28T07:45:00Z

    MEXICO: A consortium led by Mota-Engil of Portugal has been awarded a contract worth US$234m to construct the initial section of the Tren Maya network serving the Yucatan Peninsula. Mota-Engil and partners China Communications Construction Co, Grupo Cosh Eyasa and Gavil Ingeniería are expected to ...

  • The Northeast Corridor is shared by national long-distance operator Amtrak and eight commuter rail agencies.
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    Pandemic scuppers Amtrak’s hopes of breaking even

    2020-04-27T14:38:00Z

    USA: Amtrak has lost close to 95% its ridership since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, just as the national passenger carrier was projecting that it would finally break even for the first time in almost 50 years. Ridership has all but disappeared because of ...

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    California awards grants to drive modal shift

    2020-04-24T07:51:00Z

    USA: The California State Transportation Agency has awarded $500m in capital grants for 17 ‘transformative’ rail and public transport projects under its Transit Intercity Rail Capital Program. The grants announced on April 21 are intended to support design and construction works, and will be ...

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    BART increases opportunities for small businesses

    2020-04-24T06:00:00Z

    USA: San Francisco Bay Area metro operator BART says it is taking ‘unprecedented steps’ to increase the opportunities available to small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. ‘We are actively soliciting as many small businesses as possible to help us with essential work’ said Fei Liu of ...

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    Sacramento orders low-floor light rail vehicles

    2020-04-23T14:32:00Z

    USA: Sacramento Regional Transit District has decided to replace its fleet of ageing high-floor light rail vehicles with low-floor cars to be supplied by local manufacturer Siemens Mobility Inc. SacRT’s first order for new rolling stock in 20 years covers 20 S700 vehicles together with spare ...

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    Lead technical adviser appointed for Hurontario light rail project

    2020-04-21T06:00:00Z

    CANADA: Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario have appointed Stantec to provide technical advisory services for the Hurontario LRT project. As lead technical adviser, Stantec will provide design, construction and commissioning oversight through to the planned opening in late 2024. Design review services have already commenced. Stantec will ...

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    Greenbrier suspends wagon manufacturing at Gunderson site

    2020-04-16T13:44:00Z

    USA: The Greenbrier Companies has suspended wagon manufacturing at its Gunderson site in Portland, Oregon, owing to the economic impacts of Covid-19. The announcement on April 16 came a week after Greenbrier Gunderson ended production on its double-stack intermodal line, which has run nearly continuously for ...

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    Skanska awarded Acela depot upgrading contract

    2020-04-16T13:00:00Z

    USA: Amtrak has selected Swedish engineering group Skanska to refurbish and modernise its rolling stock maintenance depots in Washington DC, New York and Boston, ready for the introduction of its next-generation Acela high speed trainsets, which are now being built by Alstom at its Hornell plant and ...