Commuter rail

  • Beograd metro start of work November 2021
    Metro Report International

    Beograd metro preliminary works begin as rail plan approved

    2021-11-23T16:43:00Z

    SERBIA: The Beograd city assembly has approved a general plan for development of the proposed metro as well as expansion of the suburban rail and tram networks, and preliminary site clearance works for the future metro depot have begun. The plan adopted ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Trial operation begins on London’s Crossrail

    2021-11-23T11:59:00Z

    UK: Trial operations have finally begun on the central section of London’s Crossrail project, ahead of the launch of Elizabeth Line services between Paddington and Abbey Wood in ‘the first half of 2022’. Trial running started on November 20, and will include more than 150 operating ...

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    Metro Report International

    Metra ticket machine contract aims to eliminate on-train cash sales

    2021-11-23T05:00:00Z

    USA: Chicago commuter rail operator Metra has awarded VenTek International a two-phase contract worth up to $70m to supply 650 ticket vending machines and provide five years of maintenance, so that all 242 stations will have a TVM. The weather-hardened machines meeting accessibility requirements will accept ...

  • San Bernardino Arrow Stadler Flirt DMU at factory
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    San Bernardino Arrow DMU delivery

    2021-11-17T12:03:00Z

    USA: The first Flirt low-floor diesel multiple-unit for San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s future Arrow passenger service in southern California has left Stadler’s Salt Lake City factory. In September 2017 SBCTA placed a $31·4m order for three DMUs, with an option for three more, as part ...

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    Cross River Rail train contract tendered

    2021-11-02T10:12:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government has called tenders for the supply of 65 electric multiple-units to expand Brisbane’s suburban fleet and operate the Cross River Rail link which is now under construction for opening in 2025. Bids are due by early 2022, with the winning bidder expected ...

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    Metro Report International

    Gubernatorial visit marks progress on New York’s $11bn East Side Access programme

    2021-11-01T14:18:00Z

    USA: Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul was among the first dignitaries to travel by rail into Long Island Rail Road’s deep-level platforms being built beneath New York’s Grand Central Terminal, arriving on a special train on October 31.

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    Biotrén fleet enters service

    2021-11-01T14:00:00Z

    CHILE: The fleet of Chinese-built electric multiple-units to operate Fesur’s Biotrén and Corto Laja regional services was officially launched into revenue service by President Sebastián Piñera on October 26. The event in Concepción was also attended by Minister of Transport & Communications ...

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    Metro Report International

    Concession envisaged to develop Belo Horizonte metro network

    2021-10-25T10:53:00Z

    BRAZIL: President Jair Bolsonaro has announced that operation and development of the urban rail network in Belo Horizonte is to be taken forward under a concession model.

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    Metro Report International

    TransLink recommends quadrupling Vancouver’s rapid transit network over next 30 years

    2021-10-21T12:00:00Z

    CANADA: Vancouver region transport authority TransLink has published the full draft of Transport 2050, a report outlining a 30-year vision for the development of transport in area. The document contains more than 100 recommendations. These include: quadrupling the rapid transit network by building 300 km ...

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    Metro Report International

    Driverless train demonstrated on the Hamburg S-Bahn

    2021-10-11T12:37:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility unveiled the first S-Bahn train in Hamburg equipped for automatic train operation at the city’s Dammtor station on October 11.

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    Amsted Rail to supply bogies for Chicago commuter rail coaches

    2021-09-28T12:01:00Z

    USA: Amsted Rail Transit is to supply bogies, couplers, drawgear and crash energy management systems for the double-deck commuter rail coaches which Chicago’s Metra has ordered from Alstom. ‘This programme will make Amsted Rail the only US provider of cast steel bogie designs with the in-house ...

  • Istanbul Sirkeci station (Photo: Engin Akyurt/Pixabay)
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    Istanbul’s historic European terminus to be reopened

    2021-09-23T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: The Ministry for Transport is to call tenders for the reopening of the 8 km section of railway into Istanbul’s historic European terminus at Sirkeci. The double-track main line was cut back in 2013 to allow construction of the cross-Bosporus Marmaray commuter link, which diverges ...

  • Melbourne Alstom X'Trapolis 2 impression
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    X’trapolis 2·0 suburban trains ordered

    2021-09-21T10:17:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Department of Transport has formally awarded Alstom a €300m contract to supply 25 six-car X’trapolis 2·0 electric multiple-units to increase capacity on the Melbourne suburban network. The contract signing on September 20 follows two years of work by Alstom and DoT to design rolling ...

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    Sotetsu Series 21000 EMU enters service

    2021-09-09T10:38:00Z

    JAPAN: Sagami Railway has put into service the first of four Series 21000 EMUs ordered to operate through services to Tokyo’s Meguro station over the Sotetsu-Tokyu Link.

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    RER Line A relaying completed

    2021-09-08T08:27:00Z

    FRANCE: Paris operator RATP has successfully completed the relaying of all trackwork on RER Line A, with the restoration of full services at the beginning of September. Completed in 1977, Line A has seen a 20% increase in ridership over the past decade, and is now ...

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    Signal gantries installed at Toronto Union

    2021-09-04T05:00:00Z

    CANADA: PNR RailWorks has installed two large signal gantries spanning nine tracks as part of the Union Station Rail Corridor signalling enhancement programme on the Metrolinx network in Toronto. Concrete foundations were installed and the structures pre-assembled over two weeks, and then the gantries were put ...

  • Berlin S-Bahn vaccination train
    Metro Report International

    Berlin S-Bahn runs vaccination train

    2021-08-31T16:03:00Z

    GERMANY: A special coronavirus vaccination train ran on the Berlin S-Bahn’s ring line on August 30, with people over 18 who had not been vaccinated able to get the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine onboard. The Class 484 trainset made three anti-clockwise circuits on Route ...

  • Auckland EMU
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    Next Auckland passenger contract includes more integrated delivery model

    2021-08-27T10:26:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Auckland Transport has selected the Auckland One Rail 50:50 joint venture of ComfortDelGro Transit and UGL Rail for the next contract to operate the city’s passenger rail services. A revised delivery model is designed to reduce interfaces and maximise the benefits of NZ$7bn of ...

  • Paris RER NG dynamic testing (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Paris RER NG trainset on test

    2021-08-26T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF has started ride comfort and dynamic testing with the RER NG double-deck EMUs which are scheduled to enter service on Paris RER Line D from the December timetable change. One of five pre-series units has been instrumented for a 10-week programme of test runs ...

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    In depth

    Africa: Mixed fortunes in Tunis

    2021-08-24T09:06:00Z

    While the first passengers are due to travel over a newly built section of the Tunisian capital’s RFR suburban network later this year, the government and its contractors are struggling to complete future phases of the programme. Christian Scasso investigates.