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  • Zipabout Passenger rail demand lockdown FV
    Rail Business UK

    Use data to tailor coronavirus timetables to current needs, says Zipabout

    2020-04-02T08:27:00Z

    UK: Passenger data systems supplier Zipabout says train operators should revise their emergency timetables based on passenger behaviour and real-time demand data, to ensure their reduced services can meet the needs of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘The necessary reduction in ...

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    News

    MBTA to roll out Violet Edge across commuter rail fleet

    2020-03-22T06:00:00Z

    tn_us-MBTA_commuter_train.jpg USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is to deploy Wi-Tronix’s Violet Edge technology across the fleet of diesel locomotives used on Boston commuter rail services. The agreement builds on projects undertaken with the supplier on some of the fleet since 2015. The internet of things ...

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    Urban news

    Seoul GTX Line A train contract awarded

    2020-03-20T16:57:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: The SG Rail special purpose company formed to design, finance and build Line A of the Great Train Express network of commuter lines around Seoul has awarded Hyundai Rotem a 345bn won contract to supply 15 trainsets by 2024. The eight-car trains to be ...

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    Urban news

    London Underground, rail and bus services cut by coronavirus

    2020-03-19T16:27:00Z

    UK: Major cuts to metro, rail and bus services were announced by Transport for London on March 18, with the operator explaining that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had asked it to focus on enabling ‘critical workers to make essential journeys’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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    News

    Coronavirus pushes switch from cash to card payment

    2020-03-19T11:06:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Cash sales of tickets on the Metlink transport network in Greater Wellington will end on March 23, in a move which Metlink said was designed ‘to stay one step ahead of Covid-19 and give our passengers and staff more peace of mind’. On the ...

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    Baku circular railway completed

    2020-03-19T06:01:00Z

    AZERBAIJAN: The Abşeron Peninsula circular railway has been completed, with President Ilham Aliyev inaugurating the reopened Pirşağı – Görədil – Novxanı – Sumqayıt section on March 18 to complete a 91 route-km electrified railway ring serving Baku and its suburbs. The circular ...

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    News

    Federal funding underpins Californian capacity enhancements

    2020-03-18T14:08:00Z

    USA: Los Angeles commuter operator Metrolink has been awarded $10·7m from the federal Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements grant programme to support safety and speed improvement projects in the busy Burbank – Anaheim rail corridor.

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    News

    Takanawa Gateway opens

    2020-03-17T08:00:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway opened its Takanawa Gateway suburban station in Tokyo for revenue service on March 14.

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    News

    RailcarRx develops customised decision support tool for MBTA

    2020-03-11T06:00:00Z

    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s operations and maintenance department has deployed a customised data analytics and decision support platform developed by RailcarRx to help improve its asset lifecycle management processes. This has reduced the processing time required for critical data, enhancing the operator’s ability to make ...

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    Warszawa suburban EMU contract awarded

    2020-03-04T10:47:00Z

    POLAND: Suburban operator SKM Warszawa has awarded Newag a contract to supply 21 electric multiple-units by November 30 2022. The order covers 15 trainsets between 85 and 95 m in length and six between 70 and 77 m long. They will be used to increase capacity ...

  • Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System construction (1)
    News

    Delhi – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit railway works in full swing

    2020-02-19T13:34:00Z

    INDIA: The government of Uttar Pradesh has allocated Rs9bn for construction of the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut regional express route in the state budget presented on February 18. This follows an allocation of Rs24·9bn in the national budget.

  • GMV has won a contract to supply Philippine National Railways with its SAE-r fleet operation, management and planning platform.
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    Philippine National Railways to deploy GMV operations management system

    2020-02-12T13:56:00Z

    PHILIPPINES: Technology company GMV has won a contract to supply Philippine National Railways with its SAE-r fleet operation, management and planning platform. This will provide real-time information on the position and status of trains, supervising onboard equipment, radios and ticketing systems, monitoring driver behaviour, regulating running ...

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    News

    Two bids to operate Helsinki commuter services

    2020-02-10T13:58:00Z

    FINLAND: Greater Helsinki transport authority HSL has received two bids for a contract to operator commuter train services for 10 years from June 27 2021. It did not name the bidders, although national operator VR – which currently provides the services under a directly-awarded contract – ...

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    Urban news

    São Paulo Metro develops a station navigation system for blind passengers

    2020-02-07T11:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: Metrô de São Paulo has developed an infrared navigation system to help blind passengers navigate stations. The ‘Siga Fácil’ system uses an infrared receptor device that attaches to a user’s mobile phones to receive directions from transmitters installed throughout a station. The directions can then ...

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    Urban news

    San Francisco Bay transport integration proposal

    2020-02-07T09:44:00Z

    USA: Californian Assemblyman David Chiu has put forward a bill which would require all 27 transit agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area’s nine counties to create a ‘seamlessly integrated public transport system’. The Bay Area Seamless Transit Act filled on February 4 proposes that agencies ...

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    News

    Ile-de-France seeks to open RER network to competition by 2030

    2020-02-06T12:16:00Z

    FRANCE: Ile-de-France is seeking to accelerate the opening up of local rail services to competition, regional President Valérie Pécresse announced on February 5. In line with the provisions of the EU’s Fourth Railway Package, the French regional passenger market is being liberalised with effect from January 1 2023. Under ...

  • Central Suburban Passenger Co has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky factory a contract to supply 10 EP2D electric multiple-units.
    News

    Moscow suburban EMU order

    2020-02-01T06:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Demikhovo plans is to supply a further 10 EP2D 11-car DC electric multiple-units to Moscow operator Central Suburban Passenger Co between February and May this year. The manufacturer said the EMUs would combine modern looks and high performance with passenger comfort and safety. The ...

  • The first 3·2 km section of SMRT’s Thomson–East Coast Line has opened.
    Urban news

    Singapore’s Thomson–East Coast metro line opens

    2020-01-31T15:53:00Z

    SINGAPORE: The first 3·2 km section of SMRT’s Thomson–East Coast Line opened for passenger service on January 31. This adds three stations to the SMRT network: Woodlands North, Woodlands – which acts an interchange with the North South Line – and Woodlands South. When finished, ...

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    Urban news

    First section of Taipei Circular Line opens

    2020-01-31T14:22:00Z

    TAIWAN: The first section of Taipei Metro’s fully automated Circular metro line is now in operation, serving the Daipinglin district in the south of the city. The 15·4 km route has been developed by Hitachi Rail as part of its first turnkey metro ...

  • Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding.
    News

    New Zealand government announces investment in commuter capacity and freight

    2020-01-31T12:27:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding announced by the government on January 29. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said the rail investment was targeted at getting lorries off the roads and improving passenger services, particularly at ...