Vancouver’s TransLink has installed 54 digital touchscreen kiosks at key SkyTrain metro and West Coast Express commuter rail stations as well as bus and ferry stops. The touchscreens help customers more easily plan trips and access live information. TransLink can also use the screens for urgent information such as service delays or lift maintenance. All costs are being covered by advertising licensee Lamar, in exchange for displaying advertisements when the screens are not in use by customers.
Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp has awarded Beijing Nippon Signal Co a contract to supply its SPARCS CBTC equipment for 22 trainsets ordered to increase capacity on metro Line 15.
Clark Construction has topped out the Lifecycle Overhaul & Upgrade Facility being built for Virginia Railway Express in Fredericksburg. Completion is planned for spring 2023.
The German federal government is to provide €171m and the Land of Baden-Württemberg €21m towards a €210m project to extend Stuttgart S-Bahn service S2 from Filderstadt-Bernhausen to Neuhausen.
New York MTA opened the 4 km second section of the Long Island Rail Road’s main line third track between Merillon Avenue and Mineola stations at the end of August, two weeks after opening the first section. ‘Third Track, along with Grand Central opening later this year, will allow the LIRR to increase its service by 40%, boosting Long Island’s economy for generations to come’, said MTA Chair & CEO Janno Lieber.
Health test centres are to be set up at all Kolkata Metro stations, offering blood, stool and urine tests ‘at affordable rates’ with results available online. The operator said ’this is yet another endeavour of Metro Railway to provide innovative passenger convenience for its commuters, thereby earning non-fare revenue’.
EBRD is considering providing a senior loan of up to €125m to Ankara municipality for the construction of the 7·46 km Dikimevi – Nato Yolu underground metro line serving eight stations. The remainder of the €337m project cost would be financed by the parallel lenders and the city’s equity contribution.
Chennai Metro Rail and TACT Academy for Clinical Training are providing free first aid training including CPR at metro stations.