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    Federal funding to support innovative approaches to public transport

    2020-01-24T06:00:00Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has launched the Accelerating Innovative Mobility initiative, which Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said would ‘enhance the service, design, and financing of public transportation systems through forward thinking and innovative practices’. AIM includes $11m in challenge grants to help transport agencies experiment ...

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    New York MTA to study passenger options for Brooklyn freight corridor

    2020-01-23T17:09:00Z

    Photo: J M Calisi The Bay Ridge line is primarily used by freight operator New York Atlantic Railway. USA: New York MTA is to launch a formal study of proposals to introduce passenger trains over the 27 km Bay Ridge line in ...

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    New York MTA awards 8th Avenue corridor CBTC contract

    2020-01-21T09:06:00Z

    Source: Joseph Calisi USA: New York MTA has awarded LK Comstock Co a $245·8m contract to install Siemens Mobility Communications-Based Train Control, and undertake other equipment enhancements on the 8th Avenue subway corridor. The contract announced on January 13 covers the local ...

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    Metrolink marks $32m modernisation of Van Nuys station

    2020-01-17T16:47:00Z

    USA: California commuter operator Metrolink has held a ceremony to mark the $32m rebuilding of Van Nuys station in Los Angeles under a two-year project which is nearing completion. The station is on Metrolink’s Ventura Line, a Union Pacific route which is also served by Amtrak ...

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    Boston revises fare collection modernisation plan

    2020-01-16T06:00:00Z

    USA: Following ‘critical feedback from riders, advocates and policymakers’, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has announced a revised Fare Transformation programme which it said would combine ‘meaningful improvements’ to existing payment systems with a phased approach to the deployment of a new system ‘that better represents the needs ...

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    BART board approves CBTC, connectivity and security programmes

    2020-01-10T14:04:00Z

    USA: The award of a $798m contract for Hitachi Rail STS USA to roll out communications-based train control on the San Francisco Bay Area’s BART metro network was approved by the operator’s board on January 9, along with projects to improve passenger connectivity and deploy security staff. ...

  • Amtrak has selected Penn Station Partners to undertake the redevelopment of Baltimore Penn station.
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    Cuomo proposes southern extension to New York Penn Station

    2020-01-09T17:00:00Z

    The congestion at New York Penn Station has become a major political issue in recent years. USA: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used an address at the Association for a Better New York on January 6 to announce plans for a locally funded expansion of Penn ...

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit has awarded Stadler a $199m contract to supply eight Flirt diesel multiple-units for the $1·1bn Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project in the northern suburbs of Dallas.
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    DART awards Stadler’s first US maintenance contract

    2020-01-09T13:59:00Z

    USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit has awarded Stadler a $112m contract to maintain the fleet of diesel multiple-units which it is to supply for the Silver Line project, along with the associated depot. DART awarded Stadler a $199m contract to supply ...

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    Wabtec expands capabilities with purchase of RELCO Locomotives

    2020-01-08T17:24:00Z

    USA: Wabtec Corp has announced the expansion of its remanufacturing and repair capabilities with the acquisition of RELCO Locomotives for $29m. RELCO Locomotives is an established company in the leasing, rebuilding, and repair sector, with operations in Albia and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It has projected sales ...

  • SkyRights Holdings is seeking to partner with Class I railways to make their alignments available for use by drone delivery companies and for ‘urban air mobility’ applications (Photo: David Lustig)
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    AirTrain JFK peoplemover contract renewed

    2020-01-06T06:00:00Z

    USA: Port Authority of New York New Jersey has renewed Bombardier Transportation’s contract to operate and maintain the AirTrain JFK peoplemover at John F Kennedy International Airport. The contract announced on December 30 is worth $309m over five years. Bombardier was part of ...

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    Free Lyft rides from train to plane at Ontario International Airport

    2019-12-30T06:00:00Z

    USA: As part of a programme to increase public transport’s share of surface access to Ontario International Airport near Los Angeles, passengers can now claim free travel with app-based taxi service Lyft between the airport and four Metrolink commuter rail stations. The $396 000 pilot programme ...

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    St Louis operator selects operational testing software

    2019-12-28T06:00:00Z

    USA: Class III operator Terminal Railroad Association of St Louis has selected CloudMoyo’s Operational Testing System for implementation across its network to ensure safety and regulatory compliance. The OTS is part of CloudMoyo’s Rail Transportation Management suite. It uses advanced analytics to create configurable master test ...

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    ‘Landmark’ $3·7bn deal paves way for passenger rail expansion in Virginia

    2019-12-23T12:24:00Z

    The Virginia Railway Express commuter rail service is operated under contract by Keolis. USA: The state of Virginia announced on December 19 that it had reached agreement to acquire more than 360 km of railway from Class I railroad CSX Corp for $3·7bn. Under ...

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    Union Pacific completes Positive Train Control implementation

    2019-12-21T06:00:00Z

    USA: Union Pacific has completed the implementation of Positive Train Control on all sections of its network where federal rules require the safety system to be deployed. ‘PTC is one of the biggest rail industry breakthroughs, designed to keep our crews and communities safer through technology’, ...

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    Understanding fuel cell applications

    2019-12-13T09:52:00Z

    USA: Having undertaken research into alternative propulsion technologies to support the order for North America’s first commercial hydrogen-powered train, the Center for Railway Research & Education at Michigan State University is to host a seminar on the topic in Long Beach on January 29-31.

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    Helping short lines to prepare for emergencies

    2019-12-07T06:00:00Z

    USA: ‘Short lines need to be thinking through disaster preparation, response, mitigation and resiliency on the calm days so that they’re ready to respond in a crisis’, explained American Short Line Regional Railroad Association President Chuck Baker when the organisation announced a package of resources ...

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    CN meets US PTC deadline

    2019-12-01T05:00:00Z

    USA: Canadian National announced on November 25 that it had met the federal requirement to roll out Positive Train Control on 35 of its US subdivisions, 13 months ahead of the December 2020 deadline. This offers interoperability with Amtrak, CSX, NS, BNSF, CP and WSOR, and ...

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    New York: From Penn Station to Empire Complex

    2019-08-09T15:10:00Z

    Overcrowded, outdated and confusing, New York Penn Station has been roundly criticised in recent years as a symbol of the Big Apple’s inability to develop modern infrastructure. But multiple improvement projects are now underway, raising hopes that a more spacious and comfortable hub could yet emerge. Nick Kingsley reports from Manhattan.