Future Rail: Issue 43

In this issue: Privately owned US rail, Crossrail’s Bentley software, Jakarta’s mass rapid transit system, the digital train inspired by Hyperloop, body camera on trial for rail security, the National Training Academy for Rail one year on, and more


Florida is preparing to launch the first privately owned and operated passenger rail system in the US, Brightline. At an estimated cost of $3bn, the express intercity passenger system will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach by mid-2017, with an extension to Orlando in its second phase. We profile the progress made so far.

Elsewhere in major projects, Europe’s largest construction project, Crossrail, has been designed in a virtual environment, powered by Bentley modelling software. We speak to Bentley about how this vast project could boost modelling software. And as Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Deutsche Bahn are hoping to crowdsource ideas for their ‘innovation train’ project, we explore how conventional concepts could be sourced in years to come.

Also, we look at the problems faced in delivering Jakarta’s mass rapid transit system designed to alleviate record-breaking congestion, talk to Deutsche Bahn about trials of security staff body cameras, and catch up with the National Training Academy for Rail following its first year.

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In this issue

The Bright Future of US Private Rail
Florida is preparing to welcome the first privately owned and operated passenger rail system in the US. The $3bn Brightline express intercity passenger system will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach by mid-2017. We profile the project.
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MRT Brings Relief to Jakarta’s Congestion
Jakarta's traffic congestion is among the worst in the world and costs the country billions every year. A new Mass Rapid Transit project aims to ease the choked traffic and improve logistics costs in the capital. We look into and how this will transform the city.
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The ‘Digital’ Train
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) and Deutsche Bahn are seeking to crowdsource ideas for their ‘innovation train’ project, which aims to showcase the use of digital technologies such as displaying train information on windows. How will conventional rail networks be inspired by these concepts?
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Crossrail: Building Europe’s Biggest Project
Crossrail has been designed in a virtual environment, powered by Bentley modelling software, to provide a complete overview of the entire project and all its assets. We speak to Bentley on how such a big project could affect the future of modelling software.
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The Digital Toolbox for Rail Workers
Following a spike in the number of staff assaults at its stations, German rail company Deutsche Bahn started trialling body cams for its security staff. As well as recording video evidence that can be used as part of a criminal prosecution, the cameras also act as a deterrent. We talk to Deutsche Bahn to find out more about the trials.
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Year One at the National Training Academy for Rail
Last October, the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) opened its doors for the first time. We examine what the NTAR has achieved one year on, and hear its plans for the future.
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Next issue preview

Alstom is to design and build 28 new trains for Amtrak as part of a $2bn contract. The high-speed Avelia Liberty trains will run along the Northeast Corridor for 457 miles and carry up to 33% more passengers. We take a look at what a deal this size means for rail.

In Russia, the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail project is picking up speed with China’s partnership. We explore how the rolling stock from these Chinese firms may lay the path for a future Moscow to Beijing rail link.

Also, we see how North American cities are transforming old railway corridors into public parks, find out about a new Europe-wide rail signalling system, hear from GoMedia about its latest on-board infotainment contracts, and find out why Trainline.com has moved to the cloud.

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