Commuter rail – Page 15

  • Stadler Rail Valencia is to supply six electro-diesel multiple-units for the metre gauge railway between Benidorm and Dénia.

    Electro-diesel units ordered for Benidorm – Dénia line


    SPAIN: Regional operator Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana has awarded Stadler Rail Valencia a €35·8m contract to supply six electro-diesel multiple-units for the metre gauge railway between Benidorm and Dénia. This forms a part of a €72m programme to upgrade the 50 km Benidorm – Dénia Line 9 to match ...

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    Barking Riverside extension approved


    UK: The Secretary of State for Transport issued a decision letter on August 4 approving an order under the Transport & Works Act to grant Transport for London legal powers to build the 4·5 km Barking – Barking Riverside extension of the Gospel Oak – Barking line in east London. ...

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    Stadler completes first TEX Rail DMU


    USA: Stadler has completed the first Flirt multiple-unit to be assembled in the USA at its plant at North Salt Lake in Utah. The DMU for the TEX Rail project will be officially unveiled at the ATPA Expo in Atlanta in October. In 2015 the Fort Worth Transportation Authority ...

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    Palermo rail project restarts


    ITALY: Work on the Anello rail line in Palermo restarted on July 29 following the government allocating an additional €50m to the project in April. The project to create a circular line around the city centre is now 80% complete. This will use a former freight branch to the ...

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    Portland welcomes contactless ticketing


    USA: An account-based smart card and contactless bank card fare collection system went into operation in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area on July 17. The Hop Fastpass is valid on bus, light rail and commuter rail services operated by TriMet, C-TRAN and Portland Streetcar. In 2014 Init signed a contract ...

  • The Crossrail 2 proposal comprises a tunnel to link up rail routes in the southwest and north of London.

    Crossrail 2 needs to be more affordable


    UK: Ways to improve the affordability of the proposed Crossrail 2 project while maximising the benefits are to be studied, Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan have jointly announced. The Crossrail 2 proposal comprises a tunnel to link up rail routes in ...

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    Work begins to electrify Caltrain


    USA: California Governor Jerry Brown was among those present at a ceremony at Millbrae station on June 21 to mark the start of work on the Caltrain Electrification Project. ‘Today marks the beginning of a faster, cleaner, better Caltrain, a Caltrain that will allow tens of thousands of people ...

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    Melbourne Metro tunnel contractors selected


    AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria has selected preferred bidders for the civil works and railway systems packages of the Melbourne Metro tunnel project. The Tunnels & Stations works package is to be awarded to the Cross Yarra Partnership consortium of Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. ...

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    NJ Transit adopts budget after ‘laser-like look’ at business


    USA: ‘NJ Transit is moving forward with a balanced budget that reflects a laser-like look at individual business lines in order to maximise efficiencies and maintain a safe transportation system’, said Executive Director Steven H Santoro when the board adopted the $2·22bn operating budget and a $1·37bn capital programme for ...

  • Transport for London has selected Taylor Woodrow to rebuild White Hart Lane station.
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    Taylor Woodrow to rebuild White Hart Lane station


    UK: Transport for London announced on July 12 that it had selected Taylor Woodrow for a £17·8m contract to design and undertake the rebuilding of White Hart Lane station, which is served by London Overground suburban trains and used by 1·3m passengers a year. The rebuilding is intended to support ...

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    München S-Bahn operations tendering process begins


    GERMANY: Bayern railway authority BEG has started the tendering process for operations of the München S-Bahn network. This includes plans to refurbish the existing train fleet ahead of its replacement. Incumbent operator DB Regio is to be awarded an interim contract running for two years from the end of ...

  • Heathrow Airport Ltd, Transport for London and the Department for Transport have reached an agreement for Elizabeth Line services to run to Terminal 5.

    Heathrow Airport 22 train/h service agreed


    UK: Heathrow Airport Ltd, Transport for London and the Department for Transport have reached an agreement for Elizabeth Line services to run to Terminal 5, with the total number of rail services to the airport to increase from 18 to 22 trains/h in 2019. Planned rail services to Heathrow ...

  • A part of the London Overground network is to have all-night weekend services from December.

    London Overground night services to begin in December


    UK: All-night services on part of the London Overground network will begin in December, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on July 3. Services on the East London Line between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction are to run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays, with all-night services ...

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    T11 Express opens in Paris


    FRANCE: The first section of the T11 Express tram-train route in Paris opened on June 30. Services on the 10⋅6 km line between Epinay-sur-Seine and Le Bourget serve seven stations. Services are operated with a fleet of 15 Alstom Citadis Dualis tram-trains procured by national rail operator SNCF on ...

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    CRRC unveils suburban EMU


    CHINA: CRRC Qingdao Sifang unveiled a new version of its suburban electric multiple-unit family at the UrTran 2017 exhibition in Beijing in late June. Designed for journeys of 50 to 100 km, which are longer than those typically made by metro, the EMU has more powerful traction equipment than ...

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    London transport strategy targets zero emissions by 2050


    UK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan published his first draft transport strategy on June 21. It is open for public consultation until October 2. Noting that the city’s population is set to expand from 8·7 million to 10·5 million over the next 25 years, the document sets a target ...

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    New York state proposes taking control of MTA


    USA: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 20 a proposal to give the state control of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. Asserting that ‘the MTA is in a state of crisis’ and that ‘there is no quick or small fix’, Cuomo says that giving the state a ...

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    STIF to drop RER branding


    FRANCE: From July 1 Ile-de-France transport authority STIF plans to cease using the term ‘RER’, which was originally an abbreviation for Réseau Express Régional . According to the staff publication La Lettre du Cheminot , STIF’s decision follows studies suggesting that the distinctions between the various brands used for public ...

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    São Paulo suburban EMU on test


    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM has started testing the first Class 9500 electric multiple-units that Hyundai Rotem is supplying. CPTM awarded Hyundai Rotem a R$788m contract in 2013 to supply 30 eight-car EMUs. A contract was awarded to CAF at the same time for a further 35 sets. ...

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    Work begins on Perth Airport rail link


    AUSTRALIA: Work has started at the Perth Airport construction site for the Forrestfield-Airport Link, following the arrival of the first tunnel boring machine earlier this month. Work on the station box structure, which is next to the airport control tower, has begun as artist’s impressions of Airport Central station ...