BRAZIL's 11 railfreight concessionaires achieved a 1% increase in traffic to 475 million tonnes last year, but this was well below their forecast of 530 million tonnes, according to figures released by Brazil's National Association of Rail Transport (ANTF).
THE CEO of the Australasian Railway Association, Mr Bryan Nye, wants the Australian government to consider high-speed rail as part of the solution to solving congestion at Sydney airport. Nye says plans for a second Sydney airport make it clear that airport capacity constraints must be addressed.
The Sydney - Melbourne air route transports 7.9 million passengers a year, while another 1.1 million people fly annually between Sydney and Canberra.
"A 350km/h Sydney - Melbourne high-speed rail link with a 2h 50min travel time would see 60% of air travellers change to rail," says Nye. "This shift to rail would free up the desperately-needed air paths and runway slots at Sydney airport."
REPRESENTATIVES of the organisations responsible for standardising ticketing and smart card operations in Germany (VDV KA), France (AFIMB), and Britain (Itso), along with the Calypso Network Association, and representatives of the International Public Transport Association (UITP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a trust scheme for public transport smart cards.
EUROPEAN railfreight traffic levels continued to show signs of recovery in the first three quarters of 2011 following the worldwide economic crisis of 2008-09. Passenger ridership was also slightly up on the same period in 2010, according to figures compiled by the Community of European Railway and infrastructure Companies (CER).