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February 2016

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UK DfT shortlists Stagecoach and FirstGroup for next South Western franchise 05 February 2016 The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has shortlisted two bidders for the contract to operate the South Western rail franchise from next...

US FRA approves expansion of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport rail station 05 February 2016 The US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has approved the construction of the new Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) rail...

UK rail operators to replace paper tickets with barcoded m-Tickets 05 February 2016 UK-based Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has unveiled plans to replace orange paper tickets with new barcoded m-Tickets that are delivered directly to passengers’...

Eurovia agrees to buy Canada's Rail Cantech 05 February 2016 Vinci subsidiary Eurovia has strengthened its rail infrastructure positions in Canada by finalising an agreement to acquire contractor Rail Cantech for an undisclosed...

Chicago's Metra issues request for proposals for 367 new railcars 04 February 2016 Commuter rail system Metra has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking for a manufacturer to deliver up to 367 double-deck railcars, as part of its ten-year, $2.4bn plan to modernise...

First Gatwick Express Electrostar train to enter service this month end 04 February 2016 The first of 27 new Electrostar trains for Gatwick Express will enter revenue service between the UK's London Victoria and Gatwick Airport on 29...

Ontario's second green bond benefits two transit projects 04 February 2016 Canada's Ontario Government has issued its second green bond, raising C$750m ($547m), to support environmentally friendly, low-carbon infrastructure...

Santa Clara VTA in US selects Allied Telesis CMS solution 04 February 2016 The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in the US has selected Allied Telesis to design, deploy and support a new digital signage solution for its light rail platforms across...

UK’s Network Rail to begin upgrade works on Gospel Oak to Barking line 03 February 2016 The UK’s Network Rail has confirmed that major upgrade works will soon start on the London Overground route between Gospel Oak and Barking, as part of plans to introduce cleaner, quieter and...

Siemens opens new rail vehicle services plant in Sacramento, US 03 February 2016 Siemens has opened a new 60,000ft² rail vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair plant in Sacramento, California,...

Bombardier's Traxx AC3 last mile locomotive approved for operation on entire DACH region 03 February 2016 Bombardier Transportation has received approval in Austria to operate its Traxx AC3 Last Mile Locomotive in the entire DACH region, comprising Germany, Austria and Switzerland....

GE and Russia’s Transmashholding to establish new diesel engine JV 03 February 2016 General Electric (GE) and Russia’s rail equipment producer Transmashholding (TMH) have entered into a strategic business plan to form a diesel engine manufacturing joint venture (JV) at Penza,...

MIT students win first stage of SpaceX Hyperloop design competition 02 February 2016 A team of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US has won the first stage of the SpaceX Hyperloop design competition, which was held at Texas A&M University...

Connecticut Bond Commission to invest in rail yard upgrades on Danbury branch line 02 February 2016 The Connecticut Bond Commission in the US has approved $17.5m in state funding for the design, engineering and construction of a rail yard on the Metro-North Railroad Danbury branch line in...

Canberra Metro to build stage one of Capital Metro light rail project 02 February 2016 The Canberra Metro consortium has secured a contract from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government to design, build and operate the first stage of the Capital Metro light rail...

Alstom signs MoU with Iran's IDRO to develop mainline and urban transport 02 February 2016 Alstom and Iran's Industrial Development & Renovation Organization (IDRO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the mainline and urban transport...

Shimmick to design and build expansion of Sound Transit's Sounder layover facilities 01 February 2016 Shimmick Construction has secured a contract from Washington state transit authority Sound Transit to design and build a $13.2m expansion of the agency’s Sounder layover facilities in Lakewood,...

Alstom, Siemens and CAF consortium to install ERTMS in Spain's Atlantic Corridor 01 February 2016 A consortium comprised Alstom, Siemens Rail Automation and CAF Signalling will install the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on the La Coruña-Santiago and Santiago-Vigo links...

UK’s Network Rail starts Ordsall Chord foundation works 01 February 2016 UK rail infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) has started excavation work as part of its project to build the new Ordsall Chord between Manchester Victoria and Piccadilly...

Siemens to deliver eight Vectron multisystem locomotives for Lokomotion 01 February 2016 German private railway company Lokomotion has placed an order with Siemens for eight Vectron type locomotives to be operated in Germany, Austria and...

January 2016

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Alstom-led consortium wins signalling upgrade contract of regional line in Italy 29 January 2016 Italian railway network Gruppo FS has awarded a €34m contract to an Alstom-led consortium to upgrade the Milano Centrale-Milano Smistamento-Monza-Chiasso...


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