Category: Railroad & Mass Transit

Call for Participation: RTSC Standards Continue through COVID

15 June, 2021 | Member Updates, Railroad & Mass Transit

Cara Levy, VTS Vice President—Land Transportation The Land Transportation Division of VTS manages the development of standards for rail passenger vehicles, trains and systems, automatic train control, and electrical power distribution systems for the United States and Canada. This work is accomplished through the Rail Transportation Standards Committee (RTSC), which consists of four subcommittees asRead More

Hydrail Trains: Heavy-Hitters of the Hydrogen Transition

9 September, 2020 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article bt Stan Thompson, former Chairman, Transportation Infrastructure and Air Quality Committee, Mooresville South Iredell Chamber of Commerce Since railways were invented in the early 1800s, hydrail has been only the third paradigm shift in traction. Today, about thirty countries have taken steps toward a transition from diesel to wireless electrification using hydrail–hydrogen fuel cell battery hybridRead More

Seeking Volunteers: Land Transportation Projects

8 June, 2020 | Member Updates, Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Gary Touryan, IEEE VTS VP—Land Transportation The VTS Land Transportation Division actively manages the development of transit and rail standards through Working Groups organized by subject matter experts. These standards are used by transit and rail agencies in the United States and Canada for the design, manufacturing, construction, installation, testing, commissioning, and maintenanceRead More

ION Light Rail in Canada’s Waterloo Region

16 March, 2020 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 21 June 2019, Keolis launched the ION Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, serving residents and visitors of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge as well as surrounding rural municipalities. The system was designed, built, and installed by the GrandLinq Consortium under a public-private partnership (PPP) consisting of Plenary Group Canada, Meridiam InfrastructureRead More

Sydney’s Light Rail for Parramatta, NSW, Australia

18 February, 2020 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 20 December 2018, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure for NSW, Andrew Constance, confirmed the final budget for the Parramatta project as A$2.4 billion, which includes two major contracts, early and enabling works, road network upgrades, new bridges and active transport links, urban design, and changes to the bus networkRead More

Automated Metro for Sydney, New South Wales

28 January, 2020 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein The Metro North West Line is Stage 1 of Sydney Metro and includes 22 mi of track, 13 stations, and a depot. The line will provide a train every 4 min in each direction during peak hours. Under a contract awarded by Northwest Rapid Transit in September 2014, Alstom is responsibleRead More

Kansas City’s New Streetcar

11 December, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 13 May 2019, Kansas City, Missouri, received its latest and fifth streetcar. The new streetcar, number 805, will be joined by 806 later in 2019. Kansas City’s first streetcar service opened for revenue on 6 May 2016. The 2-mile route runs along Main Street and serves Union Station, the CrossroadsRead More

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