May's top stories: Sound Transit to buy 30 LRVs, Astaldi JV secures new railway contract

Sound Transit contracted Siemens to supply 30 additional S70-type light rail vehicles (LRVs), and Astaldi Group secured a €171m contract to upgrade a section of the N-7 Warsaw Wschodnia Osobowa-Dorohusk railway line as part of a JV arrangement. Railway-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from May 2017.


Sound Transit to buy 30 LRVs from Siemens

Sound Transit contracted Siemens to supply 30 additional S70-type light rail vehicles (LRVs), which will operate throughout the Seattle and central Puget Sound area of Washington State.

The new order represents the exercising of an option included in the original contract, which was signed by the two companies last year.

The initial contract confirmed the delivery of 122 LRVs, and this number is now set to increase to 152 via the latest order.


Astaldi JV secures new railway contract in Poland

Italian contractor Astaldi Group secured a €171m contract to upgrade a section of the N-7 Warsaw Wschodnia Osobowa-Dorohusk railway line as part of a joint venture (JV) arrangement.

The company owns 65% stake in the JV contract, which involves a number of works to be carried out in collaboration with Zhol Zhondeushi (25%), PBDiM (5%) and CLF (5%).

The railway upgrade will see the demolition, reconstruction and extension of the nearly 68km-long N-7 railway line along with Lublin station.


MAN Engines to deliver 162 engines for Alstom's Coradia Polyvalent railcars

MAN Engines is set to deliver 162 D2676 LE264 diesel engines to French rail vehicle manufacturer Alstom.

The company had previously delivered the first of the six-cylinder in-line engines, which feature a capacity of 353kW (480hp) at 1,800rpm.

The engines are to be installed in the Coradia Polyvalent diesel railcars.


Calgary recommends $3.38bn Stage 1 of Green Line LRT

The City of Calgary Administration recommended an extension of the C$4.65bn ($3.38bn) Stage 1 of construction for the Green Line light rail transit (LRT) in Canada.

The extension will be built from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue SE (Shepard).

Green line is scheduled to open in 2026, with subsequent extensions to be added after securing further funding.


LRMC starts pre-construction works on LRT-1 Cavite Extension project

Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) started pre-construction works on the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension project.

The new development will connect the existing line, which currently comprises 20 passenger stations, to an 11.7km alignment that featuring eight additional passenger stations.

The new stations will be Aseana, MIA, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino and Dr Santos Stations in Parañaque City, Las Piñas and Zapote Stations in Las Piñas City and Niog Station in Bacoor, Cavite.


Australia to invest $6.18bn in Inland rail project

The Government of Australia allocated A$8.4bn ($6.18bn) as part of its 2017 budget for the development of a direct rail freight route known as Inland Rail, which will run from Melbourne to Brisbane.

Funding for the project will be provided to the Australian Rail Track.

Construction of this 1,700km project will commence later this financial year and is set to support an estimated 16,000 jobs. The route will benefit all regions encompassed by its route, along with Melbourne and Brisbane.


Alstom to supply ten Coradia Lint regional trains to HzL

Alstom secured a contract worth approximately €50m for the supply of ten Coradia Lint regional trains to German company HzL Hohenzollerische Landesbahn.

The diesel multiple units are set to be developed at Alstom’s Salzgitter plant and will operate on the RE Ulm-Aalen, RB Ulm-Langenau and RB Ulm-Munderkingen lines.


Caltrain to receive $647m federal funding for electrification project

The US Federal Transit Administration is set to approve full funding grant of $647m for Caltrain's Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) following several months of delay.

The $1.98bn PCEP is a major component of the Caltrain Modernisation programme, and would electrify the Caltrain Corridor from San Francisco’s 4th and King Caltrain Station to the Tamien Caltrain Station.

This agreement represents the final commitment to procure the necessary funding to start construction of the project.


Rolls-Royce to supply MTU Series rail engines for CRRC locomotives

Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply MTU Series 4000 rail engines to China Railway Rolling Stock (CRRC).

The deal will see Rolls-Royce deliver 15 20V 4000 R43 engines from July onwards, which are to be installed on-board 15 DL class freight locomotives for rail operator Kiwi Rail.

The agreement represents the fourth time Kiwi Rail has selected CRRC locomotives powered by MTU engines since 2009.