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Pension fund plans Montreal automated commuter rail network PROPOSING a radical new business model, Quebec's huge public pension fund announced on April 22 that it will directly undertake construction and operation of a 67km, double track, electrified and fully-automated rail network serving Montreal and its immediate hinterland.
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LOS Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) opened a 10.6km extension to its Expo Line from Culver City to Santa Monica on May 20 with free trips offered on May 20 and 21 before the...
north-american-railway-research-drives-efficiency-gains
Semih Kalay, senior vice-president, Technology Transportation Technology Center Inc (TTCI), assesses how North American railways are utilising results from the latest research to improve the performance of their freight operations. THE North American freight railway industry...
driver-distraction-likely-cause-of-fatal-amtrak-derailment
THE US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the driver of a Washington DC - New York Amtrak Northeast Regional train which derailed near Philadelphia on May 12 2015 was likely to have...
rocky-mountaineer-awards-new-car-contract-to-stadler
ROCKY Mountaineer which operates tour trains in western Canada and Washington state has awarded a contract to Stadler to build 10 double-deck passenger coaches for delivery in 2018.The new coaches will have glass-domed roofs on...
denver-breaks-ground-on-southeast-rail-extension
DENVER Regional Transportation District (RTD) held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 10 to mark the start of construction on the 3.7km Southeast Rail Extension.The $US 233.1m project will extend lines E and F 3.7km south...
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SIGNIFICANT developments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are likely to have a profound effect on the future of passenger rail. Radical new funding models are emerging in North America, while in Europe the...
via-rail-reports-first-growth-in-seven-years
CANADA's national passenger train operator, Via Rail, has reported an increase in both traffic and revenue in its annual results for 2015, which it says is the first time it has achieved such growth in...
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CALTRAIN's Modernisation Program has secured an additional $US 211m investment following a seven-party agreement adopted by the agency's board of directors on May 5. The agreement increases commitments in funding from Caltrain's state and local partners,...
kansas-city-opens-downtown-light-rail-line
KANSAS City celebrated the return of light rail to its streets after a 59-year hiatus on May 6th with the opening of a 3.5km line from River Market via the city centre to Union Station. The...
seattle-breaks-ground-on-light-rail-east-link
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Bellevue, Washington, on April 22 to mark the start of construction on Sound Transit's East Link light rail line. The 23km line will branch off the existing north-south line at...