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    Short Line Safety Institute offers assessment model to commuter operators


    USA: The Short Line Safety Institute says its FRA-recognised multi-method Safety Culture Assessment process for freight railways could be easily transferable to commuter train operators. The institute said on September 17 that a recently-published study looking at the methodology and results of a safety assessment for ...

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    Automated bus specification completed


    USA: A performance specification has been developed by the Automated Bus Consortium, which was formed to bring together transport agencies to facilitate collaborative decision-making, undertake collective pilot projects in various live service environments and combine their purchasing power. The specification combines the American Public Transportation Association’s ...

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    BART celebrates world mask-wearing culture during the pandemic


    USA: San Francisco Bay Area metro operator BART is highlighting mask styles from around the world as part of a campaign to change the way passengers think about face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Whether storytelling or celebrating culture, masks have always served a useful ...

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    FRA approvals pave way for Texas high speed line construction


    USA: Construction of the Texas Central high speed line linking Houston with Dallas is expected to start in the coming months following completion of the regulatory approval process. This concluded on September 21 when the Federal Railroad Administration released a pre-publication version of its final ...

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    Denver opens North Metro Rail


    USA: Denver’s Regional Transportation District formally inaugurated the first phase of its North Metro Rail commuter service to Thornton on September 21, with a ceremony attended by RTD General Manager CEO Paul Ballard, Chair Angie Rivera-Malpiede and local authority representatives. ...

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    Processing track survey data


    USA: Image processing specialist Ardenna has launched its cloud-based Rail-Inspector system for monitoring the condition of track and infrastructure assets using aerial survey images. Rail-Inspector is designed to process survey images and generate quantifiable track condition that can support data-driven maintenance decisions. It identifies and measures ...

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    Southwest LRT federal funding confirmed


    USA: After several years of negotiation, the Federal Transit Administration has formally approved a $928·8m Full Funding Grant Agreement to support construction of the Green Line extension of the light rail network in Minneapolis, which will run southwest of the city to Eden Prairie.

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    Siemens Mobility awarded US locomotive support contract


    USA: San Diego’s North County Transit District has awarded Siemens Mobility a 20-year contract covering technical support and material management services for up to nine Charger locomotives. In 2018 NCTD ordered five charger locos to be delivered between March and June 2021 for use on Coaster ...

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    Katie Farmer to head BNSF


    BNSF has named Kathryn M Farmer as its next President & Chief Executive Officer with effect from January 1 2021.

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    New York Subway offers under-river connectivity


    USA: New York MTA and Transit Wireless have provided the first mobile phone voice and data connectivity in one of the Subway’s under-river tunnels, with AT T customers now able to stay connected in the East River bores between 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue on the L/Canarsie ...

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    Environmental approval marks milestone in California’s truncated high speed programme


    USA: The board of the California High-Speed Rail Authority on September 10 approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement for an 80 km section of the planned high speed railway between Merced and Fresno, known as the ‘Central Valley Wye’. The formal approval means that environmental clearance ...

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    Automating level crossing inspections


    USA: VisioStack has been awarded funding for two projects to develop automated level crossing inspection technology, as part of the Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research programme. The Aerial Crossing Inspection System project aims to use unmanned aerial vehicles and machine learning to perform level ...

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    FreightCar America to move production to Mexico under ‘operational realignment’


    NORTH AMERICA: FreightCar America has signed a letter of intent to acquire joint venture partner Fabricaciones y Servicios de México’s 50% stake in the new wagon manufacturing plant at Castaños in Mexico, and will consolidate all of its production there by January 2021. This will mean the ...

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    FRA updates track inspection rule


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has introduced an updated rule on the use of ultrasonic rail inspection technology with GPS location data, enabling railroads to undertake continuous testing of rails more efficiently.

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    X-ray train inspection systems ordered for US border crossings


    USA: The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs Border Protection agency has awarded Smiths Detection a framework contract for the supply of X-ray scanners for use at railway checkpoints on the borders with Canada and Mexico. The side-view high-energy X-ray inspection scanners will be used ...

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    Amtrak works with Reckitt Benckiser to increase cleaning


    USA: Amtrak is to work with cleaning, health and household products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser to strengthen its disinfection protocols for trains, stations and lounges. RB is to supply disinfection equipment for use across high-touch and high-traffic areas, including products which Amtrak said were proven to be ...

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    Freight RAILCAR bill aims to support US wagon industry


    USA: The Railway Supply Institute which represents more than 200 companies has welcomed the bipartisan introduction to the House of Representatives of the Freight Rail Assistance Investment to Launch Coronavirus-era Activity Recovery Act, which would offer a time-limited 50% tax credit for purchasing ...

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    Trinity Railway Express information systems to be replaced


    USA: The Dallas Area Rapid Transit board has approved a contract for MacKenzie Laboratories to replace the automated information system on the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail fleet which operates between Dallas and Fort Worth. MacKenzie Laboratories will replace the public address and intercom systems, as ...

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    PTC deployed on all Amtrak-owned routes


    USA: Amtrak has announced that Positive Train Control has now been implemented on all 1 440 route-km of line that it owns or controls, following the final installation that covered less than 2 km of low-speed track in Chicago. All 550 Amtrak-owned locomotives are also fully equipped ...

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    National Railway Equipment announces consolidation plan


    USA: New and remanufactured locomotive supplier National Railway Equipment has announced a consolidation plan, which Executive Committee Leader Pat Frangella, said would ‘significantly streamline our operations, while maintaining all of our service offerings for our customers around the globe’. Over the next few months NRE’s operations ...