Commuter rail

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    Canada: Generational change will transform travel

    2022-08-09T09:00:00Z

    A multi-billion dollar investment programme will change the way people use public transport in Canada’s most populated area, with GO Expansion bringing frequent all-day electric train services to routes across the Toronto region.

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    President Marcos commits to rail investment

    2022-08-08T07:49:00Z

    PHILIPPINES: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr underlined his commitment to continuing and expanding the previous administration’s investment in rail during his first state of the nation address. ‘The infrastructure programme of the Duterte administration must not only continue but, wherever possible, be expanded’, he said. ‘We must ...

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    Queensland unveils Brisbane rail expansion strategy

    2022-08-04T14:49:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A pipeline of investment valued at more than A$20bn will support the long-term expansion of the southeast Queensland rail network under proposals published by the state government on August 2.

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    Metrolink unveils refurbished coach

    2022-08-04T12:00:00Z

    USA: Los Angeles commuter rail operator Metrolink has returned to service the first of 50 coaches which are undergoing mid-life refurbishment, and has been allocated funding for a capacity enhancement programme. The contract for the refurbishment work was awarded to a Talgo-Systra joint venture in June ...

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    Cape Town commuter services restored

    2022-08-01T11:00:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reinstated suburban services on the Cape Town – Mutual – Langa; Cape Town – Pinelands – Langa; and Cape Town – Ysterplaat – Lavistown – Bellville routes after a long hiatus caused by the pandemic and vandalism. ...

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    Powers sought for Dublin’s DART+ electrification project

    2022-07-26T14:21:00Z

    IRELAND: A formal application is being lodged for powers to upgrade and electrify Iarnród Éireann’s suburban routes from Dublin Connolly/Spencer Dock to Maynooth and M3 Parkway. The DART+ West enhancement project is to be funded by the National Transport Authority under Project Ireland 2040. According to ...

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    UTA to offer rail apprenticeships

    2022-07-22T06:00:00Z

    USA: Utah Transit Authority has appointed specialist training company Xpan to develop apprenticeships in light rail vehicle maintenance, maintenance of way and commuter rail vehicle maintenance. The three-year apprenticeships will offer a mix of e-learning, interactive simulations, instructor-led training, labs and on-the-job training. UTA is developing ...

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    Tracklaying completed on Sotetsu – Tokyu Link

    2022-07-21T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: The completion of tracklaying on the link line connecting the Sotetsu and Tokyu railways was marked with a ceremony at Shin-Yokohama on July 8.

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    Africa: SNCC restores passenger services in DR Congo

    2022-07-20T12:30:00Z

    Passenger services have been reinstated on the 1 067 mm gauge line from Lubumbashi to Kananga following the arrival of modern rolling stock from China. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Barking Riverside extension opens

    2022-07-19T05:00:00Z

    UK: The 4·5 km Barking Riverside extension of the London Overground network opened on July 18. London Overground concessionaire Arriva Rail London is now operating four trains per hour as an extension of its Gospel Oak – Barking route, offering a 7 min journey time between ...

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    Electric railway opened to serve Cairo’s new cities

    2022-07-14T09:45:00Z

    EGYPT: President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has inaugurated the first phase of the 103 km Capital Train ‘light rail transit’ electric suburban railway which is being built to connect Cairo with 10th Ramadan City and the New Administrative Capital. The ceremony was held on July 3, ...

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    San Diego operations and maintenance taken in-house

    2022-07-07T12:00:00Z

    USA: San Diego’s North County Transit District has completed the insourcing of operation and maintenance of its Coaster and Sprinter regional passenger services. This was previously undertaken by Alstom, as successor to Bombardier Transportation, and sees almost 100 staff transfer to the agency. ‘This transition will ...

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    Green bonds raise funds for Virginia commuter rail improvements

    2022-07-06T12:00:00Z

    USA: Commuter operator Virginia Railway Express closed a public bond sale on June 28 which will enable it to make a $119·2m contribution towards the state’s purchase of a CSX line in the Interstate 95 corridor as part of the $4bn Transforming Rail in Virginia programme. ...

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    DB to operate Delhi – Meerut RRTS commuter railway

    2022-07-05T07:12:00Z

    INDIA: National Capital Region Transport Corp has awarded Deutsche Bahn International Operations a 12-year contract to operate and maintain the future 82 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System. The Delhi area commuter rail project promoter said it had taken a ‘path-breaking step’ ...

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    South Shore Line double tracking project gets underway

    2022-06-29T12:00:00Z

    USA: Indiana Governor Eric J Holcomb has officially launched work to provide a double-track alignment along the whole 41 route-km section of the South Shore Line between Michigan City and Gary. This involves 29 km of double tracking, including a new 3 km segregated alignment to ...

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    ‘Shake and brake’ earthquake safety system on test

    2022-06-28T09:00:00Z

    USA: An earthquake early warning system that uses Positive Train Control to apply train brakes automatically is being tested by Los Angeles commuter operator Metrolink, California Department of Transportation and the US Geological Survey.

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    Double-deck trains considered for Moscow Central Ring

    2022-06-23T10:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: The use of double-deck trains on the 54 km Moscow Central Ring line is being studied, as ridership has reached 550 000 passengers/day and the infrastructure is now at maximum capacity. Maksim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said the domestic production of double-deck electric trains ...

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    Roma ring service restarts after 32 years

    2022-06-21T06:00:00Z

    ITALY:·Regular passenger services on the 7 km Valle Aurelia to Vigna Clara section of Roma’s orbital ring railway began running with the summer timetable on June 13, 32 years after a service was provided for eight days during the Italia 90 FIFA World Cup. There are ...

  • Commuter rail agencies are being offered flexible options for the lease of ‘like new’ modernised diesel locomotives by Rolling Stock Solutions
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    Commuter operators offered flexible diesel locomotive leasing options

    2022-06-16T12:00:00Z

    USA: Commuter rail agencies are being offered flexible options for the lease of ‘like new’ modernised diesel locomotives by Rolling Stock Solutions and its strategic partner Alternate Concepts, with backing from private equity investor Adelphi Capital Advisory. RSS has acquired an initial fleet of EMD F40PH ...

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    Adelaide – Gawler electrification finally inaugurated

    2022-06-14T12:03:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Electric suburban services between Adelaide and Gawler were launched in June 12, following the completion of a long-delayed electrification programme.