All Suburban & Commuter Rail articles – Page 3

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    Salerno suburban rail extension contract awarded


    Photo: David Campione ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a design and build contract for a 9 km extension of the Salerno suburban rail service to serve Salerno Costa D’Amalfi Airport. This will involve the construction of a single-track electrified line dedicated to the suburban service ...

  • USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and train operator Keolis Commuter Services have provided emergency responders with hands-on training ahead of the launch of South Coast Rail Phase 1 passenger services later this year.

    Safety training prepares for commuter rail service launch


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and train operator Keolis Commuter Services have provided emergency responders with hands-on training ahead of the launch of South Coast Rail Phase 1 passenger services later this year.

  • Drogheda station will be equipped with battery charging facilities

    Battery-electric train fast charging facility ordered


    IRELAND: Alstom has been awarded a contract to provide a fast-charging facility for the battery-electric multiple-units that it is to supply to Iarnród Éireann as part of the DART+ programme to enhance commuter services in the Greater Dublin area. The charging equipment is to be installed ...

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    Egypt: Safely expanding Cairo’s rail network


    TÜV Nord acted as the independent safety assessment body for Egypt’s Capital Train electric suburban railway that opened last year to link Cairo with 10th Ramadan City and the New Administrative Capital. Lead Safety Auditor Karin Seibold explains the company’s role in ensuring the line’s safe operation to Benjámin Zelki.

  • Impression of Alstom Adessia coach for Connecticut Department of Transportation

    Connecticut orders customised commuter train coaches


    USA: Connecticut Department of Transportation has awarded Alstom a $315m contract to supply 60 single-deck coaches customised to its requirements, with options for 313 more. They are to be delivered from 2026, initially for use on CTRail-branded regional services on the Hartford Line, which run over ...

  • TEX Rail

    Final design consultant appointed for TEX Rail extension


    USA: Fort Worth transport agency Trinity Metro has selected a partnership of Huitt-Zollars and TranSystems as final design consultant for the TEX Rail extension. To be built at a cost of $167m, the 3·4 km extension will take the 43 km commuter and suburban rail route ...

  • Impression of Siemens Mobility XXL train for München S-Bahn services

    ‘Most innovative S-Bahn trains in Germany’ designed to replace 1 500 cars


    GERMANY: Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract to supply 90 extra-long electric multiple-units which it says will provide ‘more space, greater comfort and many innovations’ on München S-Bahn services. The 13-car EMUs will be 202 m long with 376 fixed and 80 folding seats and ...

  • The Sosa – Daegok section of Korail’s Seohae Line serving the western side of the Seoul conurbation opens for revenue services (1)

    Seohae Line reaches Daegok


    SOUTH KOREA: The 18·3 km Sosa – Daegok second section of Korail’s Seohae Line serving the western side of the Seoul conurbation opened for revenue services on July 1. The Wonsi – Siheung – Sosa southern section had opened in June 2018. Construction of the northern ...

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    Metro Report International

    RENFE pilots Green Mobility Hubs


    SPAIN: National train operator RENFE has launched a Green Mobility Hub pilot project to encourage rail passengers to opt for environmentally friendly first- and last-mile transport to and from stations. Suburban station car parks will be adapted to provide facilities for bikes, vehicle sharing and for ...

  • Prasa reintroduces Gauteng suburban services.

    Prasa reintroduces Gauteng suburban service


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has restarted a limited service on the Germiston – Leralla line in the Johannesburg suburbs. The reintroduction of services on June 27 follows a 14-month blockade to restore vandalised infrastructure. Trains are currently only calling at Leralla, Limindlela, ...

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    Santiago suburban EMU order increased


    CHILE: National railway group EFE announced on July 21 that it had exercised an option to order three three-car electric multiple-units from CRRC to increase capacity on the Santiago – Rancagua suburban service. EFE ordered six three-car EMUs from CRRC for the route in September 2019 ...

  • Hamburg DB Siemens Mobility Digitale S-Bahn

    Hamburg S-Bahn to trial digital energy saving controls


    GERMANY: As part of the Digitale S-Bahn Hamburg programme, the city of Hamburg, Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility are to trial an intelligent operations control system aimed at making operations more energy efficient. Signing a co-operation accord on July 18, the three partners agreed to invest ...

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    Double tracking to increase Utah commuter rail capacity


    USA: Utah Department of Transportation has appointed HDR to provide programme management services for its $1bn FrontRunner Strategic Double Track project. This will add nine more sections of double track and update the signalling along the 135 km FrontRunner commuter rail route from Ogden to Salt ...

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    Circumvesuviana narrow gauge EMU order


    ITALY: Regional transport operator EAV has awarded Stadler a framework contract for the supply of up to 60 electric multiple-units for the 950 mm gauge Circumvesuviana lines south and east of Napoli. A firm order for an initial 16 sets and five years of maintenance has ...

  • Queensland train

    ‘Over and back’ speeds Brisbane ETCS testing


    AUSTRALIA: Hitachi Rail has adopted ‘over and back’ switching principles to speed up the testing of digital train control systems being installed on the southeast Queensland rail network. ETCS Level 2 operation is being introduced in conjunction with Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project, which will see ...

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    Downer picks Hyundai Rotem to support delivery of Queensland EMU fleet


    AUSTRALIA: Downer has formed a consortium with Hyundai Rotem to build, commission and maintain 65 six-car 1 067 mm gauge electric multiple-units for Queensland. The Queensland government had selected Downer in February as the preferred bidder over CAF and Alstom for the A$4·6bn contract, which is ...

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    Urban In Depth

    Comment: Bright light in Barcelona


    The UITP summit in Barcelona emphasised the importance of public transport in supporting cities, the economy and the planet, while addressing the challenges of climate change and post-covid travel patterns. Chris Jackson reflects on the conference as a platform for collaboration to secure the future of public transport.

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    First stage of Retiro terminus modernisation completed


    ARGENTINA: The first stage of a complex rebuilding of the Mitre suburban railway’s Retiro terminus in Buenos Aires has been completed with a ceremony attended by Minister of Transport, Diego Giuliano. Services on the Mitre Railway’s JL Suárez and Tigre branches resumed running into Retiro on ...

  • London Overground at West Croydon
    Rail Business UK

    Arriva’s London Overground operating concession to be extended


    UK: Transport for London has awarded Arriva a two-year extension to its concession to operate London Overground services. Arriva Rail London has operated London Overground inner-suburban services under a concession model since November 2016. TfL takes the revenue risk, while the operator receives a fixed payment ...

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    Metro Report International

    Izmir to add two stations to Izban rail network


    TURKEY: Contracts have been awarded for the construction of two infill stations on Izmir’s 136 km İzban suburban rail line, which will take the total to 43. Lale Mahallesi station will be added between the existing Şirinyer and Kemer stations, improving access to the future 13·5 ...