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    Metro Report International

    Toronto streetcars enter service


    CANADA: The first of 60 Alstom streetcars ordered by Toronto Transit Commission in 2021 have entered service, with an inaugural run on the 504 King route on November 17. The 1 495 mm gauge low-floor trams and associated alternations to Hillcrest depot have been ...

  • Quebec tram project impression (2)
    Metro Report International

    Québec City transport options to be reassessed as tram scheme falters


    CANADA: The government of Québec has asked infrastructure investment specialist CPDQ Infra to investigate options to develop transport links for the city of Québec after procurement of a planned tram line collapsed in early November. The city had been developing plans for a 19·3 km ...

  • Alstom logo on Saint Ouen building France (Alstom A Pavone)

    Alstom signs Ontario education MoU


    CANADA: The Earth District consortium of Ontario colleges and universities and Alstom have signed a memorandum of understanding covering learning, research and work opportunities in the transport sector. This aims to help develop the talent needed to for sustainable transport projects such as ...

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    ONxpress to deploy IVU.rail software in GO expansion


    CANADA: The ONxpress consortium which has a concession to design, build, operate and maintain the expanded GO rail network around Toronto is to use IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail software to schedule, dispatch and optimise its future services. ‘We made the decision to go with IVU.rail following ...

  • Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway logo

    Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway partnership


    CANADA: An agreement has been reached for Canadian National to acquire a stake in Genesee & Wyoming’s Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway. CN will manage interline movements, while a G&W subsidiary will continue to operate the line which has 230 km of active track ...

  • Edmonton Valley Line Southeast (Photo City of Edmonton) (9)
    Metro Report International

    Edmonton’s Valley Line Southeast opens


    CANADA: Edmonton’s Valley Line Southeast light rail route opened on November 4, running 13·1 km from 102 Street in the city centre to Mill Woods. The project forms part of the city’s plan to develop accessible, convenient and sustainable travel options, with a target of 50% ...

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    Ferrari Formula 1 team switches to rail


    NORTH AMERICA: CEVA Logistics is organising the rail transport of Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 equipment between three North American Grand Prix races as part of plans to reduce the sport’s carbon emissions. CEVA has been managing Scuderia Ferrari’s logistics since 2022, and says the movement of ...

  • Hamilton LRT project impression
    Metro Report International

    Hamilton light rail technical adviser appointed


    CANADA: Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area transport agency Metrolinx has appointed AECOM as technical adviser for the Hamilton Light Rail Transit project. AECOM has subcontracted WSP to provide Technical Advisory Services including strategic guidance on delivery. The planned 14 km line with ...

  • REM automated metro train travels over the Samuel De Champlain Bridge
    Metro Report International

    Promoter defends Montréal REM cost escalation


    CANADA: Despite ‘extraordinary circumstances and exceptional technical challenges’, the construction costs for Montréal’s REM automated light metro have been kept ‘within a very competitive budget compared with other similar major transportation projects around the world’, according to project promoter CDPQ Infra. The first 17 km section ...

  • Via Rail train from Ottawa to Toronto

    Canada’s High Frequency Rail programme moves to RFP stage


    CANADA: National transport minister Pablo Rodriguez has formally launched the Request for Proposals for the planned High Frequency Rail project to create a Québec City to Toronto rail corridor with dedicated passenger tracks. The RFP process will last until summer 2024, the government announced on October ...

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    In depth

    Canada: PPP model underpins High Frequency Rail aspirations


    Canada’s High Frequency Rail programme is now at the procurement stage as the government seeks a PPP partner to deliver mostly dedicated tracks for inter-city passenger trains in the 1 000 km corridor between Toronto and Québec City by the mid-2030s. Nick Kingsley reports.

  • Vancouver MkV SkyTrain on test (3)
    Metro Report International

    Vancouver’s MkV SkyTrain cars on test


    CANADA: The first of the MkV trainsets for Vancouver’s SkyTrain automated light metro are on test at Alstom’s factory in Kingston, Ontario. In December 2020 transport agency TransLink awarded what was then Bombardier Transportation a C$722·6m contract to supply 205 cars as part of the Expo ...

  • Cando Li-Ion Battery Locomotive Rendering

    Canadian battery locomotive under development


    CANADA: Cando Rail & Terminals is developing a lithium-ion battery-powered locomotive to offer a zero-emission replacement for diesel shunters in yards and industrial sites, with an expected 40% reduction in energy consumption. Cando is working with Innovative Rail Technologies, which has previously produced a demonstrator battery ...

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    Fishy tale of a very short line comes to an end


    NORTH AMERICA: Settlement has been reached in a legal dispute over the isolated Bayside Canadian Railway in New Brunswick, which had been built in an effort to circumvent US shipping rules. Alaska Reefer Management and its subsidiary Kloosterboer International transport frozen fish including pollock from Alaska ...

  • Montreal REM opening
    Metro Report International

    Montréal’s REM automated light metro opens


    CANADA: The first section of Montreal’s Réseau Express Métropolitain automated light metro was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier of Québec François Legault and Mayor Valérie Plante on July 28. Large numbers of people took advantage of a weekend of free travel on July ...

  • Via Rail train travelling from Ottawa to Toronto

    Three qualify for Canada’s High Frequency Rail project


    CANADA: Three consortia have been invited to move to the request for proposals stage of the High Frequency Rail programme.

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    Canadian concrete sleeper joint venture formed


    CANADA: PCM RailOne and Sudbury-based Rainbow Concrete Industries have formed a joint venture to produce concrete sleepers and ballastless track for Canadian rail and urban transport customers. RailOne Rainbow Canada Corp will also provide turnout technology and engineering services for railway infrastructure projects. The German company’s ...

  • Canadian Pacific hydrogen locomotive impression

    CPKC and CSX announce hydrogen locomotive collaboration


    NORTH AMERICA: A collaboration to convert diesel locomotives to hydrogen fuel cell power has been announced by Canadian Pacific Kansas City and CSX. A prototype hydrogen-powered main line locomotive which CP developed in-house by retrofitting a diesel locomotive with fuel cells and batteries has now operated for ...

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight at Santa Barbara (Photo David Lustig)

    Rail Online adds Amtrak and VIA Rail to ticket sales platform


    NORTH AMERICA: Ticket retailer Rail Online has added Amtrak and VIA Rail services to its booking platform. Rail Online offers the same prices as tickets bought directly through the operators, with instant refunds on e-tickets and payment in US or Canadian dollars. ‘Following a successful launch ...

  • Alstom logo on Saint Ouen building

    Export credit agency to support sustainable transport projects


    CANADA: Alstom and Export Development Canada have signed a C$3·5bn three-year sustainable global corporate partnership covering export financing support and insurance in the transport sector. The export credit agency will focus its support on digital systems, services and projects based on low-emission freight and passenger transport ...