North America

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    Long Island Rail Road opens its Grand Central Madison hub in New York


    USA: Long Island Rail Road opened its Grand Central Madison deep-level station beneath New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal on January 25.

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    Philadelphia launches mobile ticketing for up to five people


    USA: Philadelphia transport operator SEPTA has launched a mobile ticketing pilot programme, offering families and occasional travellers the ability to purchase a QR code ticket for up to five people travelling together using its smartphone app. Key Tix is not intended to replace SEPTA’s Key Cards, but ...

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    MxV Rail restarts in-person emergency response training


    USA: MxV Rail has restarted in-person training at its Security & Emergency Response Training Center, offering rail, road and industrial emergency responders realistic hands-on training in dealing with hazardous materials. This follows the rebranding and relocation of the former TTCI business. ‘It’s great to have the ...

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    East San Fernando Valley light rail construction management contract awarded


    USA: Los Angeles County MTA has appointed a joint venture of Arcadis and Mott MacDonald as construction management support services consultant for the East San Fernando Valley light rail project. The contract announced by the AMM joint venture on January 17 and ...

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    Amtrak launches night train fleet replacement process


    USA: National passenger operator Amtrak has issued a request for information to potential suppliers of rolling stock to replace the vehicles used on 14 overnight routes including the Auto Train, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder and Southwest Chief. During December ‘as many as 10’ ...

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    Progressive design-build model for Scarborough Subway Extension development


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Toronto area transport agency Metrolinx have appointed the Scarborough Transit Connect consortium as Stations, Rail & Systems development partner for the Scarborough Subway Extension project. Scarborough Transit Connect comprises applicant leads Aecon Infrastructure Management and FCC Canada, design prime team member Mott ...

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    New York MTA picks elevated light rail for Brooklyn – Queens Interborough Express


    USA: New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected light rail as the chosen mode for a passenger service in the Bay Ridge freight corridor serving Brooklyn and Queens.

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    High speed rail training programme


    USA: The seventh intake has completed the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s free 12-week pre-apprenticeship programme, which provides hands-on construction industry training for military leavers, at-risk young adults, minority and low-income populations in the Central Valley. The Central Valley Training Centre has been developed by CHSRA in ...

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    Hydrogen distribution by rail to be studied


    USA: The role of railways as consumers and transporters of hydrogen is to be studied by BNSF and Bakken Energy, which is working on the Heartland Hydrogen Hub proposal to develop a facility to produce hydrogen from natural gas. ‘Railways could play a critical role in ...

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    Federal funding to support Caltrain electrification


    USA: Bay Area commuter rail operator Caltrain has been allocated a further $43m in federal funding for its ongoing electrification programme. Work on the project to install 25 kV 60 Hz overhead line equipment between San Francisco and San Jose is well advanced, and the first ...

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    Huron Central Railway infrastructure funding announced


    CANADA: Funding has been announced for infrastructure life extension works to support Huron Central Railway in sustaining a viable freight service on the 280 km line between Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury.

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    Caltrain wi-fi contract awarded


    USA: ‘Silicon Valley’s train needs wi-fi’, said Caltrain Executive Director Michelle Bouchard when the San Francisco to San Jose commuter operator awarded Nomad Digital a contract to provide digital connectivity for the 19 double-deck electric multiple-units being supplied by Stadler. Caltrain received four proposals for the ...

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    RELAM acquires road-rail vehicle supplier


    USA: Track maintenance equipment lessor RELAM has expanded with the acquisition of Wisconsin-based road-rail vehicle sales, rental and support company Wiskerchen. Announcing the deal on January 5, RELAM said it has identified road-rail vehicles as a core product category in its long-term growth plan, and the ...

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    Longwood exits Greenbrier wagon leasing joint venture


    USA: The Greenbrier Companies has acquired Longwood Group’s 10% minority interest in the GBX Leasing wagon leasing joint venture, which was established in February 2021 to provide ‘stable and tax-advantaged’ cash flows to complement more cyclical revenues from Greenbrier’s wagon manufacturing activities. ‘Greenbrier has enjoyed a ...

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    Brightline opens two more Florida stations


    USA: Private inter-city operator Brightline added two stations to its route in Florida on December 20. The opening of stations at Aventura and Boca Raton means that Brightline now serves five stations in southern Florida on its route between Miami Central and West Palm Beach. Both ...

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    Comment: Productivity not exploitation


    Poor working conditions risk impacting on railways’ ability to recruit the people they need to be competitive for the future, argues Railway Gazette’s Senior Editor Chris Jackson.

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    Phoenix airport peoplemover extended and trains lengthened


    USA: Passenger services on a 4 km extension to the PHX Sky Train automated peoplemover system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona began on December 20.

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    Chicago track renewals contract awarded


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority has awarded Kiewit Infrastructure a $105m contract covering the first phase of track renewals on the Forest Park branch of the metro network’s Blue Line. Phase one includes reconstruction of the trackbed between UIC-Halsted and Illinois Medical District stations, which runs in the ...

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    Work starts on Gaspésie realignment


    CANADA: Work has started on the reconstruction of a section of the Gaspé Railway in Québec, as part of a programme to restore freight and passenger trains to the Gaspé peninsula. VIA Rail long-distance passenger trains between Montréal and Gaspé were suspended in 2011 owing to ...

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    $9bn to fund Northeast Corridor upgrading


    USA: The Department of Transportation is making available nearly $9bn in funding to support infrastructure renewals and expand passenger services along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor