THE United States' national passenger operator Amtrak carried more than 31.2 million passengers in the financial year ending September 30, the highest annual ridership total in its 41-year history and the ninth ridership record in 10 years.
GREATER Vancouver transport authority Translink has selected a consortium led by SNC-Lavalin as preferred bidder for the contract to finance, design, and build the $C 1.4bn ($US 1.43bn) Skytrain Evergreen Line.
FULL commercial services began today on the first light rail line in the Argentinean city of Mendoza. The Green Line runs for 12.5km along the alignment of a former heavy-rail line between Mendoza Station and General Gutiérrez in the suburb of Maipú.
BAHRAIN is aiming to complete its rail masterplan which includes mainline connections to neighbouring GCC countries Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well as plans for metro, light rail, and monorail systems by the end of the year, the country's minister of transport Mr Kamal Ahmed confirmed this week. These would be the first railways to built in Bahrain with the plans due to be realised by 2030.
PLANNING approval has been granted by the Australian state government of New South Wales for the start of construction on the North West Rail Link, a 23km line to Rouse Hill to Epping via Castle in the northwest Sydney suburbs.
KENYA Railway Corporation (KRC) has revived an international tender for a design and build turnkey project for a 7km commuter line in Nairobi after it was suspended in the second quarter when Kenya put on hold a planned $US 200m infrastructure bond.
BRITAIN's recently-appointed transport secretary Mr Patrick McLoughlin announced just after midnight that he has decided to cancel the franchise for the West Coast Main Line, linking London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow, due to "significant technical flaws" during the franchising process.