Category: Railroad & Mass Transit

Bombardier Wins Contract to Provide up to 50 TRAXX MS3 Locomotives to CD Cargo

12 February, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 21 August 2018 Bombardier Transportation and CD Cargo, the freight subsidiary of Czech Railways, announced the signing of a purchase agreement for up to 50 of the newest generation of Bombardier TRAXX Multisystem (MS) locomotives. MS series locomotives can operate using more than one source of overhead electric power orRead More

Keolis to Continue Operating the Bergen Light-Rail Network for Another Eight Years

9 January, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 29 June 2018, the Keolis’ Norwegian subsidiary, Keolis Norge, was awarded a contract by Bybanen AS, the local transport authority, to continue operating the Bergen, Norway, light-rail network. The new contract is for an additional eight years and to also manage the maintenance of the trams. This renewed contract, whichRead More

First Low-Floor Passenger Train Powered by Hydrogen-Fuel Cell in Europe

18 December, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 6 February 2018, Alstom was awarded the Europe 1 Mobility Trophy for the Alstom Coradia iLint. The Coradia Lint is a single-unit or two-unit articulated railcar manufactured by Alstom, offered in diesel and hydrogen models. Lint is short for leichter innovativer Nahverkehrstriebwagen, or light innovative local transport rail vehicle. ItRead More

Automated Trains in The Pilbara

5 November, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 18 May 2018, Rio Tinto, one of the largest mining companies in the world, announced that the autonomously operated iron ore trains that have been tested in the Pilbara region of Western Australia as described in the March 2018 issue of IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine have passed their tests andRead More

Sound Transit to Build Light-Rail Maintenance Facility

7 October, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein Sound Transit in the Seattle, Washington, area held an open house on 17 May 2018 at its site for a new light-rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in Bellevue, Washington. The Operations and Maintenance Facility East (OMF East) is needed to support expansion of the region’s light-rail system in the city ofRead More

New Reversible Substation for Milan

7 August, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 18 December 2017, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM), Milan’s subway operator, put into service its first 1,500-V bidirectional substation on the Yellow Line of the Milan Underground. The Yellow Line is a standard-gauge line fed from a dc overhead line. The manufacturer of the new unit, Alstom, calls their line ofRead More

NJ Transit Orders More Dual-Power Locomotives

10 July, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 2 January 2018, Bombardier Transportation announced that New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) had exercised an option for 17 additional Bombardier ALP-45 dual-power locomotives. This order is valued at approximately US$160 million (€133 million) and is based on a contract for 26 locomotives signed in 2008. NJ Transit exercised aRead More

California High-Speed Rail Authority Announces Early Train Operator Contract

13 June, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 15 November 2017, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of Directors approved the awarding of a contract for early train operator services to DB Engineering and Consulting USA. The early train operator will assist the CHSRA with planning, designing, and implementing the nation’s first true high-speed rail program. TheRead More

Rio Tinto Completes First Fully Autonomous Rail Journey

15 May, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

By Harvey Glickenstein Rio Tinto completed a 60+ mile pilot run on 10 October 2017 without a driver on board, making it the first fully autonomous heavy-haul train journey to ever take place in Australia. The journey was closely monitored in real time by Rio Tinto teams and representatives of the Office of the NationalRead More

Transportation Systems – Melbourne, Australia Renews Keolis Contract

17 April, 2018 | Publications, Railroad & Mass Transit

By Harvey Glickenstein On 12 September 2017, Keolis’s Australian subsidiary, Keolis Downer, was awarded a renewal of its contract to operate Yarra Trams on behalf of the Victorian government in Melbourne, Australia. Yarra trams is the largest tram network in the world. The renewal took place on 30 November 2017 and will expire in 2024.Read More

VTS Chapter Profile – IEEE-VTS National Capital Chapter

12 March, 2018 | Member Updates, Publications, Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Karl Berger, PE, VTS National Capital Chapter Chair The National Capital Chapter is a joint chapter in the Washington and Northern Virginia Sections. It has been meeting continuously since the early 1970s with monthly lunch meetings from September through May. A presentation is made at each meeting by an invited guest speaker addressingRead More

Melbourne, Victoria, Expands Commuter Rail Service

6 February, 2018 | Publications, Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein The new V/Line timetable, which went into service on 27 August 2017, substantially increased the commuter rail service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The new timetable added 151 new weekly train services to the regional network (Figure 4), boosting both weekday and weekend services, giving more choices to travelers on the Geelong,Read More