North America

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    Boston commuter operator hit by ransomware attack


    USA: Boston commuter rail operator Keolis Commuter Services was subjected to a ransomware attack on its computer systems on the morning of October 10. The company’s threat detection systems alerted the operator, which deactivated its network within a few hours. Employee data may have been stolen, ...

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    Bombardier Transportation to sell Mexican wiring activities


    MEXICO: Bombardier Transportation has signed an agreement to sell the electrical wiring interconnection systems activities at its Huehuetoca site to the Motherson Rolling Stocks subsidiary of Motherson Sumi Systems. ‘This divestiture is in alignment with our global transformation strategy of reducing the activities to our core ...

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    LA Regional Connector makes final push


    USA: Services on Los Angeles’ Gold light rail line will be split into two sections with effect from October 24, as the city embarks on the final stage of its $1·8bn Regional Connector project.

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    First wagon produced at Mexican factory as US site closure agreed


    NORTH AMERICA: Wagon manufacturer FreightCar America has reached an agreement for the early termination of the lease on its Shoals factory in Cherokee, Alabama, with effect from February 28 2021, and has completed Association of American Railroads certification audits for the plant at Castaños in Mexico to ...

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    CP to acquire full ownership of Detroit River rail tunnel


    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian Pacific has entered into an agreement to acquire full ownership of the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, which owns the 2·6 km immersed tube tunnel that has linked Windsor in Canada with Detroit in the USA since 1910. CP currently holds a 16·5% stake ...

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    Chicago – Minneapolis enhancements funded


    USA: Plans to launch a second daily inter-city service between Chicago and Minneapolis-St Paul are set to move forward following the award of federal funding under the Consolidated Railroad Infrastructure & Safety Improvement grant programme.

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    Derailment analysis software launched


    USA: PS Technology has released its Precision Train Builder software, which is designed to provide a physically accurate simulation of train and vehicle behaviour, both to assist with analysing derailments and to support forward-looking scenario building to improve the safety of operations. Precision Train Builder can ...

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    Rail Runner Express wi-fi upgrade


    USA: Wabtec and its networking technology partner Rajant Corp have been awarded a contract to upgrade the wireless networks onboard New Mexico’s Rail Runner Express commuter train fleet. This is the suppliers’ first contract since they formed a partnership to provide wireless technology for the rail ...

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    Phoenix Valley Metro orders more LRVs


    USA: Phoenix’s Valley Metro has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply a further 14 S700 light rail vehicles, augmenting the 11 ordered in 2017 The feet expansion is intended to support the 9 km South Central Extension/Downtown Hub extension which is scheduled to open in ...

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    BART CBTC contracts awarded


    USA: Hitachi Rail STS USA has been formally awarded a $798m contract to design, supply and install lineside and onboard communications-based train control equipment on the San Francisco Bay Area’s 200 km BART network. Replacing the existing fixed-block signalling with CBTC forms a key element of ...

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    Quality certification standard for tank wagon suppliers


    USA: The Railway Supply Institute has released its RSI-100 Product Quality Certification Standard, which is intended to enable wagon component suppliers to produce tank car parts in conformance with Association of American Railroads specifications and applicable federal regulations. Unveiled on September 23, the RSI-100 standard sets ...

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    North Carolina to buy line for proposed passenger service


    USA: North Carolina Department of Transportation has been awarded a $47·5m Consolidated Rail Infrastructure Safety Improvements federal grant to support the acquisition of a CSX corridor between Raleigh and Ridgeway near the border with Virginia. The former Seaboard Air Line main line has been ...

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    Short Line Safety Institute offers assessment model to commuter operators


    USA: The Short Line Safety Institute says its FRA-recognised multi-method Safety Culture Assessment process for freight railways could be easily transferable to commuter train operators. The institute said on September 17 that a recently-published study looking at the methodology and results of a safety assessment for ...

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    Automated bus specification completed


    USA: A performance specification has been developed by the Automated Bus Consortium, which was formed to bring together transport agencies to facilitate collaborative decision-making, undertake collective pilot projects in various live service environments and combine their purchasing power. The specification combines the American Public Transportation Association’s ...

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    Vancouver Broadway Subway CBTC contract awarded


    CANADA: The Acciona-Ghella consortium which is to design and build Vancouver’s Broadway Subway has awarded Thales a contract to supply SelTrac CBTC signalling. The Broadway Subway running 5·7 km from VCC-Clark west to Arbutus Street forms a six-station extension of the ...

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    BART celebrates world mask-wearing culture during the pandemic


    USA: San Francisco Bay Area metro operator BART is highlighting mask styles from around the world as part of a campaign to change the way passengers think about face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Whether storytelling or celebrating culture, masks have always served a useful ...

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    FRA approvals pave way for Texas high speed line construction


    USA: Construction of the Texas Central high speed line linking Houston with Dallas is expected to start in the coming months following completion of the regulatory approval process. This concluded on September 21 when the Federal Railroad Administration released a pre-publication version of its final ...

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    Denver opens North Metro Rail


    USA: Denver’s Regional Transportation District formally inaugurated the first phase of its North Metro Rail commuter service to Thornton on September 21, with a ceremony attended by RTD General Manager CEO Paul Ballard, Chair Angie Rivera-Malpiede and local authority representatives. ...

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    Processing track survey data


    USA: Image processing specialist Ardenna has launched its cloud-based Rail-Inspector system for monitoring the condition of track and infrastructure assets using aerial survey images. Rail-Inspector is designed to process survey images and generate quantifiable track condition that can support data-driven maintenance decisions. It identifies and measures ...

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    Monterrey commuter rail study


    MEXICO: The state of Nuevo León’s strategic projects agency FIDEPROES has awarded SENER Engineering a contract to undertake technical studies for a proposed commuter rail service linking Mariano Escobedo Airport and García in the Monterrey area. This would use 62 km of existing tracks and serve ...