Kevin Smith joined IRJ in 2009 as features editor and since then has travelled the world reporting on developments in the world's railways. Before joining IRJ, Kevin worked for several local newspapers in the United States and as a freelance technical writer for a university engineering magazine. Kevin graduated with a first class honours degree in American Studies from Lancaster University, Britain, in 2006, and with a Master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University, United States, in 2008.
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is the United States’ largest public transit agency. Kevin Smith reflects on outgoing chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast’s recent interview with Railway Age editor-in-chief William Vantuono, where he outlined some of the agency’s current challenges and successes as well as the organisation’s plans for the future.
BRITAIN’s Railway Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has unveiled its Capability Delivery Plan (CDP) for the British network, which is described as the “blueprint for the age of the digital train.”
THE government of Azerbaijan has secured a €277m loan from a consortium of Societe Generale, BNP Paribas and the French branch of HSBC Bank to purchase 50 locomotives for use on the Baku - Tbilisi - Kars line.
EGYPT’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), a division of the ministry of transport, has selected Hyundai Rotem to supply 256 metro cars for the phase three extension of Cairo metro Line 3, which is currently under construction. The contract is worth Won 433bn ($US 377.5m) which Hyundai Rotem says is its largest ever order in Africa.
Abellio Germany has steadily become one of the leading players in Germany’s regional concessions market both in securing operating contracts and pushing for greater transparency and competition, as CEO Stephan Krenz explains to Kevin Smith.
RUMO is now Brazil and Latin America’s largest rail freight company. Operating a network of over 12,000km covering four rail concessions in Mato Grosso, São Paulo, Paraná, and southwestern Brazil, the railway’s fleet of 1000 locomotives and 25,000 wagons primarily transports agricultural products from the heartlands of the country to port for export.
2017 is a landmark year for Norway’s rail sector as competitive tendering begins for two passenger operations packages, and a reformed administration, including a revamped infrastructure manager, starts work. Kevin Smith visits Oslo to find out more about the reforms and what the government is hoping to achieve.
BNSF is the United States’ second largest railway, covering 45,000km in 28 states and two Canadian provinces, and employing 42,000 people. Kevin Smith reflects on executive chairman Matt Rose’s insights from Railway Age’s Energy by Rail conference held in Arlington, Virginia, on October 27-28, where he addressed some of the major issues facing BNSF and the US rail freight industry.
CRRC Dalian rolled out the first two CDD3B1 diesel locomotives for Nigeria at its plant in China on January 5. The units will provide passenger services on the 186.5km standard-gauge Abuja - Kaduna railway, which opened in July 2016.
MUMBAI Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has invited bids from civil engineering companies for 10 construction packages for the city’s new 23.5km metro Line 2B and the 32.32km Line 4.