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DB to invest €5.5bn in infrastructure upgrading in 2016 GERMAN Rail (DB) is to spend €5.5bn this year on modernising its existing network which is around €200m more than in 2015.
Light rail to return to New York City? LIGHT Rail could make a return to New York City under plans announced by mayor Mr Bill de Blasio on February 4.
Swiss cantons reveal Grimsel Pass railway plan PROPOSALS to construct a metre-gauge line linking Switzerland's Zentralbahn (ZB) and the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway (MGB) via a tunnel beneath the Grimsel Pass were unveiled in Berne on February 4.
Norway launches tenders for passenger services NORWAY's Ministry of Transport and Communications launched the first competitive tenders on February 4 for operation of passenger services on the national network, a key component of plans to liberalise the sector, which were unveiled by the government last year.
Israel approves $US 7bn rail investment plan ISRAEL's transport minister Mr Israel Katz approved on February 3 what is claimed to be the country's largest railway budget which calls for an investment of Shekels 28.3bn ($US 7.24bn) until 2020.
BEG unveils three-stage plan for Munich S-Bahn BAVARIAN Railway Company (BEG) unveiled a three-stage long-term plan for the operation of the 434km Munich S-Bahn network on February 3, confirming DB Regio subsidiary S-Bahn Munich will continue to run the system until at least the end of the decade.
Sweden launches high-speed rail consultation THE Swedish government has begun consultation with local authorities along the route of the proposed Ostlänken high-speed line as infrastructure manager Trafikverket prepares to launch procurement for the project.
Metra issues RFP for double-deck coaches NORTHEAST Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad (Metra) issued a request for proposals (RFP) on February 2 for a contract to supply up to 367 double-deck coaches as part of its 10-year $US 2.4bn plan to modernise Chicago's commuter rail network, which was adopted by the Metra board in 2014.

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February 05, 2016
GERMAN Rail (DB) has announced delays to the introduction of further new IC2 double-deck trains being supplied by Bombardier following problems with the vehicles swaying from side-to-side at speed on...
ktmb-expands-electric-long-distance-services
February 05, 2016
MALAYAN Railway (KTMB) has expanded its electric long-distance passenger services and cut journey times following the extension of 25kV ac electrification north from Ipoh to Butterworth and Padang Besar and...
db-to-invest-E55bn-in-infrastructure-upgrading-in-2016
February 05, 2016
GERMAN Rail (DB) is to spend €5.5bn this year on modernising its existing network which is around €200m more than in 2015.The investment is part of a five-year plan to...
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February 05, 2016
THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has announced the introduction on February 8 of what it describes as a temporary, stable timetable for V/Line regional passenger services which...
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February 05, 2016
LIGHT Rail could make a return to New York City under plans announced by mayor Mr Bill de Blasio on February 4.   The city is proposing the construction of a 25.7km...
union-pacific-cuts-capital-spending-by-15
February 05, 2016
UNION Pacific (UP), Unites States, plans to invest $US 3.75bn in 2016 which it says is around $US 550m less than it invested in 2015, representing a reduction of almost...
swiss-cantons-reveal-grimsel-pass-railway-plan
February 04, 2016
PROPOSALS to construct a metre-gauge line linking Switzerland's Zentralbahn (ZB) and the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway (MGB) via a tunnel beneath the Grimsel Pass were unveiled in Berne on February 4. The...

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