Commuter rail – Page 5

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    Adelaide – Gawler electrification finally inaugurated


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

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    Metro Report International

    State-wide contactless ticketing deployment gets underway in Queensland


    AUSTRALIA: Contactless payment is now available on Brisbane’s Ferny Grove suburban rail line, as a trial ahead of a large-scale deployment across Queensland’s rail, bus and ferry services under transport agency Translink’s A$371m Smart Ticketing project.

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    Manila South Commuter Railway financing packages approved


    PHILIPPINES: The Asian Development Bank has approved a US$4·3bn loan package to finance construction of the South Commuter Railway between Manila and Calamba. Future services will offer a journey time of around half the 2½ h taken by road. The US$1·75bn first tranche is to be ...

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    Caltrain budgets approved


    USA: The board of San Francisco to San Jose commuter rail operator Caltrain has approved the operating and capital budgets for the 2023 financial year starting on July 1 2022. The $179.2m operating budget includes $46.5m in farebox revenues, and for the second year in a ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Industry responds to launch of cross-London Elizabeth Line


    UK: Organisations from the across the rail sector have commented on the opening of London’s Elizabeth Line on May 24. Politics Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said ’the Elizabeth Line is a beacon of British success, not just for this marvel of engineering but ...

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    Rail Business UK

    London’s Elizabeth Line opens at last


    UK: Elizabeth Line services began running on the Crossrail core route across central London on May 24, with an initial 12 trains/h linking Paddington station in the west to Abbey Wood in the southeast. 

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    Metro Report International

    São Paulo train door order


    BRAZIL: Wabtec has announced its largest South American train door order, covering the supply of 2 304 doors for 36 eight-car Series 8900 Metropolis trains which Alstom is building for São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda). The EMUs were ordered in July 2021 ...

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    SEPTA looks globally to inform Reimagining Regional Rail development strategy


    USA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is seeking feedback on options for the long-term development of passenger services around Philadelphia, which it says are currently focused on traditional suburban commuters but could be used to create a ‘lifestyle transit network’ of frequent all-day and all-week rail and ...

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    Street-running railway goes underground


    SWITZERLAND: Chemin de fer Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher’s 1 km tunnel from the underground Lausanne-Flon terminus to Lausanne-Chauderon has been extended by 1·7 km to Union-Prilly, replacing a street-running section of single track line along Avenue d’Echallens. The double-track tunnel has been built to increase ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Regulator approves Elizabeth Line passenger operation


    UK: Industry regulator the Office of Rail & Road confirmed on May 13 that London’s Elizabeth Line had received final authorisations for the passenger use of its infrastructure, trains and stations (except Bond Street), ahead of the opening which is scheduled for May 24. Bond Street ...

  • The first trainset for the Delhi Regional Rapid Transit System has been rolled out at Alstom’s former Bombardier Transportation Savli plant in Gujurat.

    First Delhi RRTS trainset handed over


    INDIA: The first trainset for the Delhi Regional Rapid Transit System has been rolled out at Alstom’s former Bombardier Transportation Savli plant in Gujurat. The first of 40 trainsets being built for the 82 km Delhi – Meerut corridor was handed over ...

  • A financing agreement for rail infrastructure enhancements in the region around Wien has been signed by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology, the city of Wien and Austrian Federal Railways.

    Wien rail infrastructure enhancement package agreed


    AUSTRIA: A financing agreement for rail infrastructure enhancements in the region around Wien has been signed by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology, the city of Wien and Austrian Federal Railways. The overall aim is to further increase the already ...

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    Suburban railway planned as alternative to Plovdiv’s congested roads


    BULGARIA: Plans for a suburban rail network to relieve road congestion in Plovdiv are to drawn up shortly, Minister of Transport & Communications Nikolay Sabev said during a visit to the city in April. The ministry said 45 000 people travel to work by car in ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Crossrail Elizabeth Line to open on May 24


    UK: Elizabeth Line services on the Crossrail route across central London will finally begin on May 24, Transport for London has announced. ‘The opening day is set to be a truly historic moment for the capital and the UK, and we look forward to showcasing a ...

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    Ontario Northland to overhaul GO Transit coaches


    CANADA: Greater Toronto area transport authority Metrolinx has awarded Ontario Northland a C$109m contract to refurbish 56 of GO Transit’s BiLevel commuter rail coaches at its Remanufacturing & Repair Centre in North Bay. The overhaul of the double-deck coaches will include structural work and renewed or ...

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    Cape Town to study commuter rail devolution


    SOUTH AFRICA: Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana has authorised the city of Cape Town to undertake a detailed feasibility study for the potential devolution of control of suburban rail services from the national government. ‘This is a big deal, because up until now, the national government ...

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    Smarter intrusion detection


    USA: Seoul Robotics and Herzog Technologies have developed an automated obstacle detection and warning system which detects objects on the track, evaluates their behaviour and the wider situation, and then issues an appropriate alert. The Critical Asset Monitoring technology uses Seoul Robotics’ multi-sensor hardware platform and ...

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    TekTracking awarded Tri-Rail inspection and testing software contract


    USA: Infrastructure maintenance contractor Transdev has awarded TekTracking a contract to supply its TIMPS and SITE track and signalling inspection and maintenance planning software for use on South Florida Regional Authority’s 115 km Tri-Rail commuter rail route from West Palm Beach to Miami. TIMPS provides digitised ...

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    Electric locos and ERTMS confirmed in Toronto’s GO Expansion programme


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and the ONxpress Transportation Partners consortium have signed the On-Corridor Works agreement, covering the largest and most complex elements of the GO Expansion programme to replace infrequent diesel-powered commuter services in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area with an all-day two-way network of ...

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    Metrolink switches to renewable fuel


    USA: Southern California commuter rail agency Metrolink says it is the first US operator to switch its entire diesel locomotive fleet to renewable fuel made from recycled natural fats and vegetable oils. The move follows a pilot project launched in early 2021; it aims to reduce ...