Commuter rail – Page 10

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    Paris RER Line A refurbishment contract awarded


    FRANCE: Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP have signed a €121·3m contract for CAF to refurbish the 43 MI2N electric multiple-units operating on RER Line A. In addition to a new livery, the EMUs will gain a new interior layout, as well as CCTV and passenger information screens. The first renovated ...

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    State approves Bangalore suburban rail network


    INDIA: The Karnataka state cabinet has approved a four-route suburban railway network planned for Bangalore. Services would use dedicated tracks to serve 81 stations, including 30 elevated. The estimated Rs230·1bn cost would be funded by the central government (20%), the state government (20%) and loans from multilateral or domestic ...

  • The TEX Rail commuter line opened on January 10 (Photo: Trinity Metro).
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    TEX Rail commuter line opens


    USA: The 43 km TEX Rail commuter rail line linking central Fort Worth with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened on January 10, when the first train left North Side station at 03.38. The line developed by regional transport authority Trinity Metro starts at the Texas & Pacific Station in Fort ...

  • A joint venture of Implenia and Hochtief has been awarded the €394m contract to build Marienhof S-Bahn station (Image: DB).
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    München second S-Bahn crossing contracts awarded


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded three further major contracts for the construction of the second cross-city S-Bahn route through central München. The 11 km route including a 7 km tunnel under the city centre is scheduled to open in 2026, relieving pressure on the existing S-Bahn tunnel where trains operate ...

  • JR East began testing driverless operation on the Yamanote Line in the early hours of December 30 (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura).
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    East Japan Railway tests driverless operation


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is testing automatic train operation on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, with a view to assessing the feasibility of converting routes to driverless operation. The 34·5 km circular route was selected for testing because it does not share tracks with other lines. JR East envisages that ...

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    Paris commuter EMUs ordered


    FRANCE: SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a €330m firm order to supply a further 42 seven-car and five eight-car train Francilien suburban electric multiple-units. The contract announced on December 21 has been placed on behalf of Greater Paris public transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités, which is funding the order. The latest ...

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    Tunnel failure delays Perth airport rail link


    AUSTRALIA: Opening of the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth is now expected in the second half of 2021, Western Australia’s Minister of Transport & Planning Rita Saffioti announced on December 18. Being built at a cost of A$1·86bn, the 8·5 km suburban railway to the airport and Forrestfield will diverge from ...

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    Forchbahn rolling stock to be refurbished


    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge interurban operator Forchbahn has awarded Stadler Rail a contract to modernise its 13 type Be 4/6 electric multiple-units, with Voith to supply new traction inverters. The custom-designed metre-gauge vehicles supplied by Stadler in 2004 operate using 600 V DC overhead on the Zürich tram network, and at ...

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    Budapest railway projects approved


    HUNGARY: The government has approved projects to develop the suburban rail network serving Budapest. It plans an investment in the region of HF1tr, to be partly funded by the EU. HÉV lines H6 and H7 are to be connected by building a new section of track at Közvágóhíd, and ...

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    Tunnelling poised to start on Paris RER Line E extension


    FRANCE: Construction of the main tunnel of the RER Line E extension between Courbevoie and Haussmann-Saint Lazare to the west of Paris will commence during the first quarter of 2019. This follows a traditional ceremony held at Courbevoie on November 28 to name the tunnel boring machine Virginie. Present at ...

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    Contactless payment arrives on Sydney Trains


    AUSTRALIA: The open payment ticketing trial in Sydney was expanded on November 27 to include the Sydney Trains network and NSW Train Link services that accept Opal cards. Transport for New South Wales began a contactless ticketing trial on the Manly Ferry service in July 2017 using open payment ...

  • The London Assembly’s Transport Committee's key recommendation is that Network Rail should deliver a plan for targeted works which would enable the operation of more frequent and longer trains.

    London Assembly’s Transport Committee publishes report on rail priorities


    UK: The London Assembly’s Transport Committee published a report on November 26 setting out what it sees as the short-term priorities for heavy rail services in the capital. Broken Rails: A Rail Service Fit for Passengers makes six recommendations: 1. Effective small-scale interventions: The committee’s key recommendation is that ...

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    Second München S-Bahn crossing contract awarded


    GERMANY: DB Netz has awarded the first contract for main construction works for the second S-Bahn city crossing in München, the infrastructure manager announced on November 15. The €189m Overground West package, covering the section from Laim to Donnersberger Brücke, has been awarded to a consortium of Ed Züblin, ...

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    Melbourne High Capacity Metro Trains on test


    AUSTRALIA: Testing has started of the High Capacity Metro Trains that Evolution Rail is supplying to operate Melbourne’s suburban network. The Evolution Rail consortium of Plenary, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Downer Group has a PPP contract to supply 65 electric multiple-units for use on the 1 600 mm ...

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    Palermo suburban line reopens following modernisation


    ITALY: The Passante suburban railway in Palermo has reopened after a three-year closure for modernisation. The project includes double-tracking the line between Palermo Centrale and Punta Raisi, adding 12 stations, eliminating 22 level crossings, and building a new underground section between Palermo and Capaci. So far only the ...

  • The first of the Flirt trainsets which Stadler is supplying for the 43 km TEX Rail commuter route linking central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has undergone dynamic testing at the airport.

    TEX Rail train on test at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport


    USA: The first of the Flirt trainsets which Stadler is supplying for the 43 km TEX Rail commuter route linking central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has undergone dynamic testing at the airport. Testing between Dallas Fort Worth Junction and DFW Airport Terminal B station was undertaken with ...

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    Auckland City Rail Link fit-out contractor selected


    NEW ZEALAND: Project promoter City Rail Link Ltd has selected the Systems Integration, Testing & Commissioning Alliance joint venture of RCR Tomlinson and design partners Opus International Consultants for the interim project alliance agreement covering railway systems for the City Rail Link project in Auckland. SITC will work with ...

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    Vertical platform gates to be tested in Paris


    FRANCE: SNCF’s Transilien business unit is to test vertically-rising platform edge gates from South Korean technology company sTraffic at Vanves-Malakoff station in southern Paris. Under a contract awarded at the end of 2017, the gates are due to be installed by April 2019 for a one-year trial. sTraffic has set ...

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    Panasonic to supply Merseyrail wi-fi


    UK: Panasonic is to supply a wireless communications network for the Merseyrail network serving Liverpool that will include on-board passenger wi-fi and video and voice links to the control centre. The wi-fi will be fitted to the 52 four-car electric multiple-units that Stadler is supplying, which are due to ...