All North America articles – Page 3

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority has published its recommended alignments for two sections of the planned line in northern California.
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    California High-Speed Rail Authority publishes northern route preferences

    2019-07-03T14:56:00Z

    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has published its recommended alignments for two sections of the planned line in northern California. Public feedback will now be sought before the board makes a decision in September. Draft environmental documents would then be published in December 2019 and March 2020, ahead of ...

  • A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a $8·4bn transaction.
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    Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

    2019-07-01T14:32:13Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners has agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an ...

  • VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail proposal would enhance inter-city services on the Québec – Montréal – Ottawa – Toronto corridor.
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    Québec – Toronto High Frequency Rail study awarded funding

    2019-06-27T07:54:16Z

    CANADA: The government and Canada Infrastructure Bank announced a total of C$71·1m of funding on June 25 to support the further development of VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail proposal to enhance inter-city services on the Québec – Montréal – Ottawa – Toronto corridor. The corridor carried 72% of VIA Rail’s ...

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    Virgin Trains breaks ground on Orlando extension

    2019-06-25T14:52:45Z

    USA: Virgin Trains USA held a ‘Red Spike’ groundbreaking ceremony at Orlando International Airport on June 24 to launch construction work on its 275 km Phase 2 extension from West Palm Beach. Contracts were awarded in May for construction of Phase 2, which represents a private-sector investment of $4bn. The ...

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    FRA awards $326m for rail infrastructure works

    2019-06-21T10:55:52Z

    USA: More than $326m in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements and Special Transportation Circumstances grant funding for 45 rail infrastructure projects in 29 states has been announced by the Federal Railroad Administration. ‘These investments in inter-city passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and ...

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    FS Group forms US subsidiary

    2019-06-20T11:00:00Z

    USA: Italian state railway group FS has established FS Italian Railways USA Inc with the aim of developing its activities in the North American market. FS said the mass transit, high speed and freight markets ‘offer interesting growth possibilities, especially in the large metropolitan areas’, thanks to an increase in ...

  • The 28 Acela trains will enter service on the Northeast Corridor from 2021, Amtrak says.
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    Next-generation Acela trainsets take shape

    2019-06-14T09:08:38Z

    USA: Alstom invited guests to its Hornell factory in New York state on June 12 to showcase the progress it is making in producing the next generation of Acela high speed trainsets for Amtrak. Amtrak says that ‘significant progress’ is being made in production of the fleet, which is ...

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    PPP partners to develop Utah freight railway

    2019-06-13T11:00:00Z

    USA: Proposals for the construction of a 160 km freight railway to serve the Uinta Basin region of Utah state are to be taken forward under a public-private partnership, with the aim of starting construction in 2022. The Uinta Basin Railway is being promoted by the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, ...

  • Wabtec has been awarded a $55m contract to implement Positive Train Control on the 160 km New Mexico Rail Runner Express route from Belen to Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
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    New Mexico Rail Runner Express PTC deployment contract

    2019-06-09T05:00:00Z

    USA: Wabtec has been awarded a $55m contract to implement Positive Train Control on the 160 km New Mexico Rail Runner Express route from Belen to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Wabtec is to supply its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System overlay which has been adopted by the principal freight operators. ...

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    Illinois votes to fund rail expansion

    2019-06-07T15:59:04Z

    USA: Dedicated funding for two new inter-city rail services and urban rail expansion is included in a $45bn package of infrastructure investment approved by the Illinois state legislature on May 31. The six-year programme put together by Governor J B Pritzker allocates $33·2bn for transport projects. The majority of this ...

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    RailUSA acquires Florida line from CSX

    2019-06-04T12:30:28Z

    USA: Freight railway group RailUSA has announced its second acquisition, forming the Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad with the purchase of a 690 km line from CSX Corp. Terms were not disclosed. The FGA runs east–west across northern Florida from Baldwin near Jacksonville to Tallahassee and Pensacola, with a connection ...

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit has awarded Stadler a $199m contract to supply eight Flirt diesel multiple-units for the $1·1bn Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project in the northern suburbs of Dallas.
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    Cotton Belt railway DMU order placed

    2019-06-03T12:55:27Z

    USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit has awarded Stadler a $199m contract to supply eight Flirt diesel multiple-units for the $1·1bn Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project in the northern suburbs of Dallas. The 42 km line between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano is under construction for opening ...

  • Infrastructure Ontario and Greater Toronto transport agency Metrolinx have shortlisted four consortia to bid for the On-Corridor Works contract within the GO Rail Expansion programme.
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    Toronto passenger rail enhancement shortlist announced

    2019-05-31T10:56:01Z

    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Greater Toronto transport agency Metrolinx have shortlisted four consortia to bid for the On-Corridor Works contract within the GO Rail Expansion programme, which aims to provide an enhanced and all-day Regional Express Rail passenger service in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area. BidderApplicant leadConstructionDesignOperations ...

  • ‘We have concerns with the current balance of risk and reward being offered’ by UK passenger rail franchises, warned FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory.
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    FirstGroup concerned about UK franchise risk and reward

    2019-05-30T14:19:41Z

    FIRSTGROUP: ‘We have concerns with the current balance of risk and reward being offered’ by UK passenger rail franchises, warned FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory when presenting the train and bus operator’s annual results on May 30. Gregory said FirstGroup would await the government’s Williams review of the structure of ...

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    Multiple failures led to Amtrak derailment

    2019-05-22T15:15:38Z

    USA: Failure to provide effective mitigation or warning for a hazardous curve and inadequate driver training led to the fatal derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in Washington state on December 18 2017, the National Transportation Safety Board announced on May 21. The inaugural run of Amtrak Cascades train 501 ...

  • Berkshire Hathaway company Marmon Holdings has acquired Transco Railway Products from Transco Inc for an undisclosed price.
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    Marmon buys Transco Railway Products

    2019-05-22T14:00:00Z

    USA: Berkshire Hathaway company Marmon Holdings has acquired Transco Railway Products from Transco Inc for an undisclosed price. Chicago-based Transco Railway Products provides wagon repair, maintenance, certification and cleaning services at seven sites in the Great Lakes region, Iowa and Montana, and also supplies wagon components from a factory in ...

  • Virgin Trains USA announced the award of contracts for construction of the 270 km West Palm Beach – Orlando International Airport Phase 2 of its inter-city corridor (Photo: Bob Johnson).
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    Virgin Trains USA awards Phase 2 construction contracts

    2019-05-21T16:10:28Z

    USA: Virgin Trains USA announced the award of contracts for construction of the 270 km West Palm Beach – Orlando International Airport Phase 2 of its inter-city corridor on May 21, saying they represented a total private investment of $4bn. Passenger services on Virgin Trains USA’s existing Miami – West ...

  • VIA Rail is installing beehives on the rooftops of its stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Québec City in partnership with Alvéole.
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    VIA Rail gets buzzy

    2019-05-20T12:34:48Z

    CANADA: VIA Rail is installing beehives on the rooftops of its stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Québec City in partnership with Alvéole, a company which combines beekeeping with education. The national passenger operator hopes this will help to raise awareness among urban populations of the decline of bees and ...

  • The Federal Railroad Administration announced on May 16 that it had terminated a $928·6m 2010 funding agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
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    Federal funding for California high speed rail pulled

    2019-05-17T14:37:34Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration announced on May 16 that it had terminated a $928·6m 2010 funding agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority. This follows a notice of intention to cancel the funding which had been issued by the FRA in March, after newly-elected Governor of California Gavin ...

  • Southern California Regional Rail Authority has awarded Talgo and Systra a contract to refurbish coaches (Photo: Lvi56 [CC BY 3.0]).
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    Metrolink fleet modernisation contract awarded

    2019-05-15T13:53:14Z

    USA: Southern California Regional Rail Authority has awarded a joint venture of Talgo and Systra a contract worth up to $138·9m for the refurbishment of up to 121 Bombardier BiLevel coaches used on Metrolink commuter services. There is a firm order for the modernisation of an initial 50 coaches, ...