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Brightline to open Miami Central terminal on May 19 BRIGHTLINE will extend its West Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale inter-city service 35km south to its new terminal at Miami Central on May 19, and has confirmed that work will start later this year on its extension north to Orlando Airport.
British government takes direct control of East Coast franchise BRITAIN’s secretary of state for transport, Mr Chris Grayling, has told Parliament that he has decided to take back direct control of the InterCity East Coast franchise from the Stagecoach-Virgin joint venture which currently operates the service as Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC). This is the third time the franchise has been taken back under state control.
Investors eye Auckland light rail project NEW Zealand’s transport minister, Mr Phil Twyford, and finance minister, Mr Grant Robertson, announced on May 9 that the cabinet has agreed to launch a procurement process for a two-line light rail network in Auckland after a sovereign wealth fund offered to evaluate the potential for private sector investment in the project.
Sétif opens first light rail line SÉTIF became the sixth Algerian city to open a modern light rail line on May 8, when minister of the interior, local authorities and national planning, Mr Noureddine Bedoui, inaugurated the 15.2km first phase from El Bez University to Eastern Maintenance Centre.
Arriva to launch Spain - Portugal open-access services GERMAN Rail (DB) subsidiary Arriva Spain confirmed on May 7 that it has filed a request before the Spanish rail regulator to establish international passenger services connecting A Coruña with Porto.
GTR and Siemens unveil Great Northern class 717 EMUs BRITISH train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) presented its new fleet of class 717 Desiro City EMUs for Great Northern suburban services to the press at Siemens’ Wildenrath test centre in Germany on May 2.
Alstom selected for Grand Paris Express rolling stock contract THE tendering committee of Société du Grand Paris (SGP) and the SGP-Ile-de-France Mobility coordination committee have approved the selection of Alstom as preferred bidder for a contract to supply around 1000 driverless metro cars for the Grand Paris Express metro network.
Hupac to acquire ERS Railways SWISS intermodal operator Hupac announced on May 2 that it has reached an agreement with Genesee & Wyoming to acquire the entire issued share capital of rail freight operator ERS Railways for €10.4m.

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THE European Commission (EC) has given the Czech government approval for a state-funded scheme to promote intermodal transport.
MINING company Rio Tinto has been granted accreditation by Australia’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) for the autonomous operation of trains serving the group’s Pilbara iron-ore mines…
CALIFORNIA Transportation Commission (CTC) approved $US 703.6m in SB-1 funding for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) transport projects on May 16 as part of its transport funding allocations…
ISRAEL’s transport minister Mr Israel Katz announced on May 18 that the 57km A1 Link between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will now open on September 23.
BRIGHTLINE will extend its West Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale inter-city service 35km south to its new terminal at Miami Central on May 19, and has confirmed that work will…
SCI Verkehr says in its latest Multiple Units - Global Market Trends study that the world market for regional and suburban multiple unit trains is currently worth more than €9bn…
THE European Rail Research Advisory Council (Errac) agreed a new team of people to lead the railway research organisation for the next three years at its plenary meeting in Brussels…

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May 01, 2018
THE International Union of Railways’ (UIC) held its first global signalling conference in Milan on March 26-28 in cooperation with Italian State Railways (FS), as the successor to its series...
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