Canada railway news

News about railway and urban rail infrastructure, operations, policy, projects and the supply industry in Canada.

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    VIA Rail fleet renewal funding confirmed


    CANADA: National passenger operator VIA Rail is to begin the competitive procurement of ‘new, comfortable and accessible trains’ for use across the country following the confirmation of government funding. The latest funding under the 2024 budget follows from that announced in 2018 which enabled the procurement ...

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    Detroit to acquire peoplemover cars from Toronto


    USA: Municipal officials in Detroit have approved funding for Detroit Transportation Corp to replace its fleet of automated peoplemover cars with vehicles from Toronto.

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    Chinese coaches enter service in Montréal


    CANADA: Montréal regional transport authority Exo put its first CRRC-built double-deck commuter rail coaches into revenue service on the Saint-Jérôme route on June 25, following a launch run on June 21. 

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    North American Rail Solutions expands capabilities with Canadian acquisition


    CANADA: US railway design, construction, maintenance and operating services company North American Rail Solutions has acquired Tri Innovations Consulting Ltd of Calgary. Tri Innovations Consulting provides feasibility study, detailed design and engineering, supply chain management, project management, construction and fabrication management, commissioning and operations support services ...

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    CN launches fire-fighting trains to protect supply chains from wildfires


    CANADA: Canadian National has created fire-fighting trains named ‘Trident’ and ‘Neptune’ which are designed to enable a significant amount of water and fire suppression capacity to reach isolated areas. The two trains are in addition to ‘Poseidon’, which was developed as a proof-of-concept. All three will ...

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    Ontario Northlander passenger train revival contracts awarded


    CANADA: The government of Ontario has awarded contracts for infrastructure works to enable the reinstatement of Ontario Northland’s Northlander passenger service between Toronto Union station and a new Timmins-Porcupine station.

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    Vancouver orders more SkyTrain light metro trainsets


    CANADA: Vancouver transport agency TransLink has awarded Alstom a C$13m contract to supply a further six five-car MkV trainsets for the SkyTrain automated light metro. They will follow on from a C$722·6m December 2020 order for 41 five-car trainsets which Alstom began delivering in December 2023. ...

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    Alberta to develop passenger rail master plan


    CANADA: The government of Alberta has allocated C$9m for the development of a Passenger Rail Master Plan as a foundation for the development of commuter and regional services to meet the needs of the growing population. ‘World class’ consultants are to be appointed to produce the ...

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    SkyTrain station contractors selected


    CANADA: The Province of British Columbia has selected the South Fraser Station Partners consortium of Acciona, Aecon and Pomerleau as ‘preferred proponent’ to design and build the stations for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project to extend Vancouver’s automated light metro network. The Expo Line is to ...

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    CN to test diesel-battery hybrid main line locomotive


    CANADA: CN has purchased a hybrid diesel-battery main line locomotive from Progress Rail, which it intends to use to assess the opportunity for retrofitting a portion of its fleet. The ‘plug-in’ hybrid mainline locomotive, which CN describes as ‘a first of its kind in North America’, ...

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    Ontario Line electrification contract awarded


    CANADA: NGE Group’s TSO subsidiary is to design and supply 1·5 kV overhead electrification for Toronto’s Ontario Line metro project. The contract has been awarded by Hitachi Rail as part of the Connect 6ix consortium, which was awarded the Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations & Maintenance contract ...

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    Siemens Mobility awarded Toronto infrastructure maintenance contract


    CANADA: Greater Toronto area transport agency Metrolinx has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to provide track, signalling and right-of-way maintenance services for its Central Region. The contract starts this summer. It builds on existing contracts covering the provision of similar services for the West Region, and ...

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    Ontario Line guideway and stations contract awarded


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have selected Trillium Guideway Partners to build the elevated guideway and stations for Toronto’s Ontario Line metro project. TGP comprises: Applicant leads: Acciona Infrastructure Canada and Amico Major Projects; Design: WSP Canada; Construction: Acciona Infrastructure Canada and Amico Major Projects. ...

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    Hudson Bay Railway funding announced


    CANADA: The federal and provincial governments have announced up to C$60m of funding for capital works on the Hudson Bay Railway, which provides year-round all-weather access to the port of Churchill and remote communities in northern Manitoba. The 1 000 km railway from The Pas to ...

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    Metro Report International

    Montréal metro CBTC contract awarded


    CANADA: Thales Ground Transportation Systems has been awarded a C$217m contract to supply and maintain a communications-based train control system for the Montréal metro Blue Line. This will include the 6 km five station extension from Saint-Michel to Anjou, where construction has begun and with bids ...

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    Ballard fuel cells to power CPKC shunting locomotives


    CANADA: Canadian Pacific Kansas City has ordered a further 12 hydrogen fuel cell power packs from Ballard for delivery during 2024. The 200 kW FCwave fuel cells are intended to power a batch of locomotives to undertake shunting and local freight services in Alberta; they are ...

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    Toronto passenger train Operations & Maintenance contract finalised


    CANADA: Transport agency Metrolinx has finalised the Operations & Maintenance contract for GO Transit passenger rail services in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area. The contract has been agreed with the ONxpress Operations Inc partnership of Deutsche Bahn International Operations (72%) and Aecon Group (28%), which ...

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    Ontario Line tunnel contract awarded


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Toronto area transport agency Metrolinx announced on January 17 that they had signed a Development & Master Construction agreement for the Pape tunnel and underground stations on the Ontario Line metro project with the Pape North Connect consortium. Pape North Connect comprises: ...

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    Eglinton Crosstown West Extension contracts awarded


    CANADA: Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area transport agency Metrolinx has appointed infrastructure consultancy AECOM as its delivery partner for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension light rail project, and has awarded Aecon Infrastructure Management a contract to design and build an elevated section of the route. The ...

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    Cando acquires Transmark terminal


    CANADA: Cando Rail & Terminals has acquired Transmark, which operates the Lethbridge Multi-Purpose Terminal train staging and rolling stock storage facility in southwest Alberta, which has wagon repair shops on site. The facility currently has a capacity of 1 700 wagons and will offer services seven ...