Category: Railroad & Mass Transit

RKH Qitarat Opens First Section of Doha Metro

15 November, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 8 May 2019, RKH Qitarat, a joint venture of RATP Dev, Keolis, and the Hamad Group, opened the first section of the Doha Metro to the public in Qatar’s capital city. The Doha Metro Red Line South opened to the public in preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament inRead More

Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension

23 October, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 19 November 2018, Sound Transit of Tacoma, Washington, announced it had begun construction of the 2.4- mi Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension, which expands the current rail line from the Theater District in downtown Tacoma to the Stadium District and Hilltop neighborhoods. The project includes relocating the Theater District station andRead More

New Light Rail for New South Wales

23 October, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 18 February 2019, Keolis Downer—the Australian subsidiary of the French company Keolis that operates the oldest tram network in the world—started operation of a new light-rail line in the New South Wales city of Newcastle. Testing was performed by 14 drivers, who operated the vehicles for more than 1,000 tripsRead More

SANDAG Receives US$80M for Trolley Extension

6 August, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein The Mid-Coast Trolley, an 11-mile expansion of the Metropolitan Transit System’s Blue Line, broke ground in 2016. At that time, the FTA guaranteed a US$1.04billion matching grant over a 10−year period for the US$2.17 billion expansion project. “This is a big win for the San Diego region,” said Terry Sinnott, SANDAGRead More

Rhine-Ruhr Section of Germany Receives New Trains

9 July, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article  by Harvey Glickenstein Through a targeted extension of the railway network, the RRX is expected to replace roughly 31,000 individual car trips every working day. The municipalities involved in the new RRX rail transport concept commissioned Siemens to supply 82 electric multiple units, type Desiro High Capacity (HC). As part of the project, SiemensRead More

Bay Area Rapid Transit Puts New Train Cars Into Service

11 June, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein A major improvement to the interior of the new cars is the new seats and seating arrangement. There are wider handholds on top of each seat and smooth new seat coverings. In addition, the new seats have more room underneath for service animals or carry-on luggage. Although there are fewer seatsRead More

Stadler’s New Battery-Operated Train

8 April, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein The prototype of the new battery-operated FLIRT completed its demonstration trip from the Stadler grounds in Berlin’s Pankow borough to Schildow, Germany, in Brandenburg state without an external power supply. The FLIRT Akku is a full-fledged FLIRT that combines proven components with an innovative drive concept. While the traction equipment andRead More

SNCF Buys New High-Speed Trains

12 March, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 26 July 2018, the board of directors of Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) Mobilités approved a firm order for 100 next-generation Avelia Horizon very-high-speed trains from Alstom. SNCF, France’s state-owned railway company, believes this new generation of very-high-speed trains will make the company more profitable and competitiveRead More

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