Railways are harvesting increasing volumes of data on the performance of their assets, but converting raw data into meaningful insights remains a challenge for many organisations in the industry. Keith Barrow reports from Munich on how suppliers, tech companies, train operators and infrastructure managers are harnessing the power of data through advanced asset management systems.
China’s high-speed rail network is popular with both short-term visitors and long-term expatriates. However, for foreigners, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to comprehend. China Railway Corporation is responding to this by progressively introducing English on all signage, but there are still several challenges to overcome, as David Feng explains.
The rapid expansion of China’s high-speed rail network has gone hand-in-hand with the development of the Chinese Train Control System (CTCS). Dr Mo Zhisong, director of the signalling division at China Railway Corporation, who was educated at Beijing Jiaotong University’s School of Electronic and Information Engineering, reveals that development is underway of a new train control system based on CTCS but using AI.
Caltrain is embarking on exciting electrification and rolling stock replacement programmes, which will enhance commuter services in the Bay Area. But as Paul Ash reports from California, it has been far from plain sailing to reach this stage.
While US federal funding is fairly certain for transit systems in the short term, a potential crisis is looming to address a huge $US 90bn investment backlog identified by the Department of Transportation. The American Public Transportation Association is lobbying hard to find a solution, as its president and CEO Paul Skoutelas explains in an exclusive interview with David Briginshaw.