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Railway Software for Hard Decisions

Unforeseen delays or costly investments can seriously pull the tracks up from under a railway project. We delve into risk analysis software to find about a new tool designed to help decision-makers determine investment feasibility and impact.

Colombia’s Rail Alternative to the Panama Canal

Is China’s offer to build a rail alternative to the Panama Canal mere fancy or a chance not to be missed? Elisabeth Fischer spoke to South American rail specialist Henry Posner III to find out about the feasibility of the project, possible stumbling blocks and how South America could profit from a new link to Asia.

21st Century Ticketing

Metro and light rail systems all over the world are using technology to replace paper tickets with a smarter solution. Chris Lo talks to communications and IT firm Indra about the challenges and benefits of implementing ticketless technology.

New Tracks: International Emerging Railways

Developing countries across the world are investing in significant new rail projects. Frances Cook finds out how a few ambitious projects are relieving congestion, connecting trade centres and revitalising economies.

Scotland Approves Funds for Glasgow Subway Upgrade

The Scottish Government has given the final nod to provide substantial funding for the Glasgow subway upgrade in Scotland as per the proposals of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). The capital contribution by the government for the £290m ($468.2m) plan will help SPT raise

Israel Launches Tenders for Jezreel Valley Railway

Israel National Roads Company has invited first tenders for the construction of the 60km Jezreel Valley Railway line, which will revive the route of the former Hedjaz Railway. The initial tender covers the 6.5km section between Kfar-Baruch and Adashim Creek near Afula, while tenders for

Costain-Skanska JV Wins UK Crossrail Contract

A joint venture of Costain and Skanska has won a £35m ($56.5m) contract for advance civil engineering works at Bond Street in London, UK, under the Crossrail programme. The project will involve construction of two station box structures along with a western ticket hall and an eastern ti

Amtrak Reports Record High in February

Amtrak has announced record growth for February 2011, with a ridership of 2,099,010 passengers. February saw a 7.6% increase in riders, compared with 147,000 passengers in February last year. The 16 consecutive months of ridership spanning from November 2009 to February 2011 a

Škoda Vagonka Wins Czech Railway Project

Czech company Škoda Vagonka has been awarded a contract to supply new single-floor EMUs to the Czech Railways (CD). The contract involves the supply of 15 three-carriage units worth CZK2,063m ($118.3m) and four two-carriage units worth CZK448m ($25.69m), which will replace CD’s current

Tsunami Disrupts Japanese Rail Networks

Rail lines in north-eastern Japan have ground to a halt after an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale took place 125 miles off the country’s coastline, triggering huge tsunami waves. Tokyo Metro Co. and Toei Transportation have shut down all subway services in the Japanese capi