All Suburban & Commuter Rail articles – Page 11

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    München S-Bahn operations tendering process begins


    GERMANY: Bayern railway authority BEG has started the tendering process for operations of the München S-Bahn network. This includes plans to refurbish the existing train fleet ahead of its replacement. Incumbent operator DB Regio is to be awarded an interim contract running for two years from the end of ...

  • Heathrow Airport Ltd, Transport for London and the Department for Transport have reached an agreement for Elizabeth Line services to run to Terminal 5.

    Heathrow Airport 22 train/h service agreed


    UK: Heathrow Airport Ltd, Transport for London and the Department for Transport have reached an agreement for Elizabeth Line services to run to Terminal 5, with the total number of rail services to the airport to increase from 18 to 22 trains/h in 2019. Planned rail services to Heathrow ...

  • A part of the London Overground network is to have all-night weekend services from December.

    London Overground night services to begin in December


    UK: All-night services on part of the London Overground network will begin in December, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on July 3. Services on the East London Line between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction are to run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays, with all-night services ...

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    T11 Express opens in Paris


    FRANCE: The first section of the T11 Express tram-train route in Paris opened on June 30. Services on the 10⋅6 km line between Epinay-sur-Seine and Le Bourget serve seven stations. Services are operated with a fleet of 15 Alstom Citadis Dualis tram-trains procured by national rail operator SNCF on ...

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    CRRC unveils suburban EMU


    CHINA: CRRC Qingdao Sifang unveiled a new version of its suburban electric multiple-unit family at the UrTran 2017 exhibition in Beijing in late June. Designed for journeys of 50 to 100 km, which are longer than those typically made by metro, the EMU has more powerful traction equipment than ...

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    London transport strategy targets zero emissions by 2050


    UK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan published his first draft transport strategy on June 21. It is open for public consultation until October 2. Noting that the city’s population is set to expand from 8·7 million to 10·5 million over the next 25 years, the document sets a target ...

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    New York state proposes taking control of MTA


    USA: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 20 a proposal to give the state control of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. Asserting that ‘the MTA is in a state of crisis’ and that ‘there is no quick or small fix’, Cuomo says that giving the state a ...

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    STIF to drop RER branding


    FRANCE: From July 1 Ile-de-France transport authority STIF plans to cease using the term ‘RER’, which was originally an abbreviation for Réseau Express Régional . According to the staff publication La Lettre du Cheminot , STIF’s decision follows studies suggesting that the distinctions between the various brands used for public ...

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    São Paulo suburban EMU on test


    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM has started testing the first Class 9500 electric multiple-units that Hyundai Rotem is supplying. CPTM awarded Hyundai Rotem a R$788m contract in 2013 to supply 30 eight-car EMUs. A contract was awarded to CAF at the same time for a further 35 sets. ...

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    Work begins on Perth Airport rail link


    AUSTRALIA: Work has started at the Perth Airport construction site for the Forrestfield-Airport Link, following the arrival of the first tunnel boring machine earlier this month. Work on the station box structure, which is next to the airport control tower, has begun as artist’s impressions of Airport Central station ...

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    Buenos Aires suburban network gets Tetra radio


    ARGENTINA: A Tetra digital radio network has been installed on the Sarmiento, Mitre, San Martín, Belgrano Sur and Roca lines of the suburban rail network serving Buenos Aires. Indra supplied the system under a US$214m contract awarded in 2014 by federal railway operating company SOFSE. It is being used ...

  • Boston Landing commuter rail station welcomed its first passengers on May 22.
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    New Balance-backed commuter station opens in Boston


    USA: Passenger services began to call at Boston Landing station on MBTA’s commuter network serving Boston on May 22. The station is located between Yawkey and Newtonville on the Framingham/Worcester Line. Construction began in October 2015 and was led by Skanska. The $20m project was funded by private partner ...

  • The first trainset fitted with automatic train operation equipment has started running on part of Paris RER Line A.
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    ATO goes live on Paris RER Line A


    FRANCE: The first trainset fitted with automatic train operation equipment started running on part of Paris RER Line A on April 27. The MI09 electric multiple-unit has been running under automatic operation between Nanterre-Préfecture, Val-de-Fontenay and Fontenay-sous-Bois. In January 2015 RATP, STIF and the Ile-de-France region selected Alstom to ...

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    X’Trapolis Mega EMUs enter revenue service


    SOUTH AFRICA: The first 13 X’Trapolis Mega electric multiple-units for Metrorail commuter routes entered revenue service on the Pretoria suburban network on May 9 after being unveiled by President Jacob Zuma. ‘This is the beginning of the revival of passenger rail after 40 years of underinvestment.’ said Zuma. ‘The ...

  • CRRC has signed a contract to supply 45 double-deck coaches to SEPTA.

    SEPTA signs CRRC coach contract


    USA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority signed a contract on May 4 for CRRC Tangshan to supply 45 double-deck coaches for use on its Regional Rail network of commuter services. The SEPTA board approved the purchase earlier this year. There is a base order worth $137·5m, with options for 10 ...

  • Stadler Rail Valencia previously supplied electro-diesel tram-trains to Chemnitz.

    Stadler selected to supply Szeged tram-trains


    HUNGARY: National passenger operator MÁV-Start has selected Stadler Rail Valencia to supply eight electro-diesel tram-trains to operate on the planned route between Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely. The order announced on April 18 includes an option for four more vehicles. The project is being fully financed by the EU, with rolling ...

  • A proposed 71 km electrified double-track passenger railway would parallel the Toshkent ring road.

    Toshkent orbital railway plan


    UZBEKISTAN: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has approved plans for a 71 km electrified double-track passenger railway paralleling the Toshkent ring road. The orbital line would be designed to reduce road congestion and pollution in the capital, and reduce the need for public transport users to travel via the city centre to ...

  • Work has started on the second S-Bahn tunnel in München.
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    Work begins on second S-Bahn tunnel in München


    GERMANY: Work began on the second S-Bahn tunnel in München on April 5. Main excavations are due to begin next year. The 11 km route through the city centre includes a 7 km tunnel parallel to the existing east-west tunnel, between Laim in the west and Leuchtenbergring in the ...

  • Class 399 tram-train vehicles have started testing on the tram network in Sheffield.

    Tram-trains on test in Sheffield


    UK: Non-passenger-carrying tests of the Class 399 tram-train vehicles have started on the Supertram network in Sheffield. Driver training is due to begin shortly, with passenger services on the existing tram network now expected to begin in mid-2017. Testing on the national rail network is currently expected to start next ...

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    New initiatives in extended Auckland Transport operating contract


    NEW ZEALAND: Auckland Transport has extended Transdev’s contract to operate suburban rail services to January 2020. The extension includes initiatives to improve passenger experience and increase security. Ticket offices and customer service centres at five stations are to be combined by the end of July. This will be followed ...