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    Hurontario light rail contract awarded


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded Mobilinx Hurontario General Partnership a C$4·6bn contract to develop the Hurontario light rail project to the west of Toronto. Mobilinx was selected as preferred bidder last month for the design-build-finance-operate-maintain PPP concession. This includes 30 years of operations and ...

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    Study indicates $7bn cost to restore New York suburban link


    Photo: J M Calisi The Long Island Rail Road closed its Rockaway Beach Branch in 1962. USA: New York MTA released in early October a pre-feasibility study into a possible reopening of the former Rockaway Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road in ...

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    Miami-Dade orders Proterra battery buses


    USA: Miami-Dade has agreed to purchase 33 Proterra Catalyst E2 battery-electric buses and up to 75 plug-in chargers. ‘Florida is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country to climate change, and Miami is working tirelessly to lower its greenhouse gas emissions’, said Mayor Carlos ...

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    Gamifying transport planning in San Diego


    USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has launched the Vision Builder Challenge which allows the public to show their support for different transport investment options. This forms part of the Elevate SD 2020 public engagement programme, which MTS will use to decide whether to put a ...

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    Oklahoma City: Setting a streetcar example

    Despite several setbacks, the Oklahoma City Streetcar opened on time and on budget. Its success could have lessons for other projects.

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    Atlanta consults on draft Regional Transit Plan


    USA: Commuter rail, metro and light rail projects form the centrepiece of proposals to improve public transport in the 13-county greater Atlanta metropolitan region. Established last year, the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority has been mandated to develop a ‘seamless’ regional transport network, bringing together and augmenting ...

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    Ceremonies mark start of Dallas Silver Line construction


    Dallas Silver Line USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit held a series of ground-breaking ceremonies along the route of the future Silver Line on September 19 to officially launch construction of the $1·1bn commuter railway in the northern suburbs of Dallas. Previously known as the ...

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    Minneapolis Southwest LRT systems contract awarded


    USA: Railway systems for the Southwest LRT extension of the Green Line light rail route in Minneapolis are to be supplied by a joint venture of Aldridge and Parsons under a $194·4m contract awarded by the Metropolitan Council on September 18. The deal covers the supply ...

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    New York MTA proposes ‘largest ever’ capital plan


    Photo: Gregory Grice USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced its 2020-24 Capital Plan on September 16. The proposed $51·5bn investment is 70% more than the current five-year plan, making it the largest capital plan in MTA history, according to the authority. The investment is ...

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    Confederation Line opens in Ottawa


    CANADA: The Confederation Line was inaugurated in Ottawa on September 14. Also known as O-Train Line 1, the 12·5 km light rail line links Tunney’s Pasture in the west with Blair in the east. Three of the 13 stops are in a 2·5 km tunnel under ...

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    Preferred bidder selected for Hurontario LRT project


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have selected the Mobilinx consortium as preferred bidder for the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project to the west of Toronto. The contract is expected to the be awarded later this year. Mobilinx ...

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    Phoenix voters reject plan to block light rail funding


    USA: Residents of the city of Phoenix have voted overwhelmingly to reject a local legislative measure that would have halted funding for expansion of the city’s Valley Metro light rail network. Mayor Kate Gallego confirmed on August 28 that voters had rejected the Proposition 105 and ...

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    Québec City transport funding announced


    CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Québec’s Minister of Transport François Bonnardel announced joint funding to establish tram and bus rapid transit routes in Québec City on August 19. The Québec provincial government will provide C$1·8bn, with a further C$1·2bn coming from the federal government’s Investing in Canada ...

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    Kiewit and Parsons awarded Los Angeles Gold Line extension contract


    USA: The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority awarded the main design-build contract for the Foothill Gold Line light rail extension to a joint venture of Kiewit and Parsons, the authority announced on August 14. The $805·6m contact covers the first phase of the eastern extension from APU/Citrus College ...

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    CRRC metro train enters service in Boston


    USA: The first trainset that CRRC is supplying for the Boston Orange Line entered passenger service on August 14. In 2014, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority awarded CRRC MA a contract to supply 152 cars for the Orange Line and 132 cars the Red Line. This was followed by ...

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    New York’s 42 St Shuttle to be refurbished


    USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on August 2 that the 42 St Shuttle metro line in Manhattan is to be modernised. Work is due to begin on August 16 and end in 2022, with no interruptions to service. Opened in 1904, the 42 St Shuttle connects ...

  • The Glenridge Operations & Maintenance Facility will contain the operations control centre and the maintenance depot for the fleet of 26 five-section light rail vehicles being supplied by CAF.

    Maryland Purple Line depot topped out


    USA: The Maryland Transit Administration held a ceremony on July 30 to mark the topping out of the Glenridge Operations & Maintenance Facility being built for the future Purple Line light rail route. Planned to accommodate 200 staff when fully operational, the 15 800 m 2 site ...

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    San Diego selects Siemens S700 light rail vehicles


    USA: San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 25 light rail vehicles. Siemens will supply its low-floor S700 LRV. Deliveries from its Sacramento plant are expected to be complete by the end of 2021, and the LRVs would replace the high-floor SD100 ...

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    Siemens to supply S700 light rail vehicles to Portland


    USA: Portland transport agency TriMet has selected Siemens Mobility to supply up to 86 light rail vehicles, the manufacturer announced on July 29. Deliveries from Siemens’ Sacramento plant are expected to begin in 2021. The base order of 26 LRVs would replace TriMet’s 26 Type 1 vehicles supplied ...

  • Improving reliability of the New York Subway is a core aim of the restructuring. Other objectives include reducing major project costs and delivering on investment programmes including rolling stock renewal.

    ‘Historic’ restructuring of New York MTA approved


    USA: A landmark restructuring of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority was approved at a board meeting on July 24. The ‘historic reorganisation’ is the first such effort since MTA was established in 1968. Developed internally with input from consultancy firm Alix Partners, the plans focus on centralising ...