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Caltrain to invite electrification proposals THE board of Californian commuter rail operator Caltrain has authorised the release of a design-build request for proposals (RFP) for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), the next step in the $US 1.5bn electrification of the 82km San Francisco – San Jose corridor.
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GHANA Railway Corporation plans to launch a suburban rail service in the twin cities of Sekondi-Takoradi in the fourth quarter of this year.Ghanaian president Mr John Mahama said last week the reconstruction of the Sekondi...
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ARGENTINEAN president Mrs Christina Kirchner announced on March 2 that the government will present a bill to Congress to renationalise all of the country's railways, bringing to an end more than a quarter of a...
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BRITAIN's Rolling Stock Strategy Steering Group (RSSSG) chaired by Mr Richard Brown has published its third annual update of its passenger rolling stock strategy for the next 30 years which calls for the national fleet...
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THE Premier of the Australian state of Victoria Mr Daniel Andrews announced on March 3 that the state will place an order for five additional six-car X'Trapolis EMUs for the Melbourne suburban network, safeguarding the...
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FINLAND's finance minister Mr Antti Rinne announced on February 24 that plans for the Helsinki City Rail Loop have been shelved after the government failed to reach an agreement on funding for the €900m project...
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London's Crossrail is setting the benchmark for incorporating sustainability targets into railway project management. Kevin Smith considers the structure and application of Crossrail's sustainable strategy and, as construction reaches its peak, looks at some of...
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THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has indicated its commitment to the Melbourne Metro Rail project by providing $A 40m ($US 31.1m) in funding to immediately establish a statutory authority to oversee planning...
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THE board of Ile-de-France transport authority Stif has approved a €1.5bn investment in new rolling stock for the Paris region, including 72 metro trains and 29 suburban EMUs, which will be 100%-funded by the authority. Last...
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HELSINKI Regional Transport Authority (HSL) confirmed on February 10 that it will negotiate a five-year transitional contract with Finnish national train operator VR Group for the operation of suburban services in the Helsinki area from...
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THE South West Rail Link (SWRL) extension to the Sydney Trains suburban network from Glenfield to Leppington was officially opened to the public on February 7. The premier of the state of New South Wales Mr...