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Hong Kong Kwun Tong Line extension enters revenue service


The Hong Kong metro Kwun Tong Line extension entered into revenue service on Sunday 23 October. Alstom supplied the signalling solution and infrastructure to MTR, the Hong Kong’s metro network operator who awarded Alstom the project back in 2012. The Kwun Tong Line extension (KTE) is 2.6 km long, adding …

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Budapest air-rail link feasibility study completed


The feasibility study for the railway line connecting Budapest Ferenc Liszt international airport to the city has been completed, stated the Hungarian Minister of National Development (Világgazdaság). A 22 km electrified double line will link Kőbánya-Kispest, the southern terminus of the Metro Line 3 (North-South line) to the town of Monor, circling the airport. The new direct connection will also …

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EUR 50 million EIB loan for upgrading Moldovan railways


The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 50m to the Republic of Moldova to finance the improvement and modernisation of Moldova’s railway network and rolling stock. The project has received a 5 million EUR investment grant from the European Union, and is co-financed with the EBRD. This is the …

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Argentina plans USD 14bn investments in metropolitan rail transport


Argentine Ministry of Transport plans to invest USD 14bn in developing the rail infrastructure of Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA). Until 2023, AMBA’ s 851 km long rail network will undergo major modernisation works. The core of the project is the Red de Expresos Regionales (RER), the mega-engineering project that will connect AMBA lines via a network of tunnels …

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Talgo trains finally enter service in Bosnia-Herzegovina


Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Railways (ZFBH) have introduced into service today its Talgo tilting trainsets on Sarajevo – Doboj route. The BH Voz (BH train) has 237 seats (200 II class, 36 I class, and one seat for people with disables).  ZFBH is negotiating with Croatian Railways the introduction of BH train on Sarajevo-Zagreb international route starting with 2016/2017 timetable. …

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Bombardier and China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation to expand cooperation


Bombardier Transportation and China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), have signed a strategic agreement to expand and deepen their relationship. The agreement establishes a framework for the companies to leverage their complementary strengths for selected projects in order to provide additional value to customers, better serve the growing global rail …

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China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation may seek acquisitions in Brazil


China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) may seek acquisitions in order to expand on the Brazilian rail market, informs Technologistica. CRRC is interested in acquiring a Brazilian company and in launching rail equipment manufacturing activities locally, Vice-President Jun Wang said. In spite of the fact that road transport is predominant in the country, the company believes in the competitive potential of railways in the …

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DB Cargo, BMW sign new agreement for rail freight services on Europe – China route

DB Cargo and BMW sign new agreement for Europe - China route rail services

DB Cargo and BMW have signed a new a multi-year contract to transport automotive components from BMW’s plants in Regensburg and Leipzig to BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang, North-Eastern China. According to the new agreement, DB Cargo will operate two trains per week and a volume of 2,500 containers per year.  “We are pleased to have a new agreement on the long …

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Federal Transit Administration issues final Buy America Policy

MTA maintenance yard

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  issued on the 1st of September final Buy America policy guidance advising transit agencies and transit vehicle manufacturers how to implement a phased increase in domestic content requirements for transit rolling stock procurements from 60 percent to more than 70 …

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Alstom to maintain Ottawa’s LRT system


Rideau Transit Maintenance General Partnership (RTM) has selected Alstom to maintain the city of Ottawa’s light rail transit system, called the O-Train Confederation Line. The approximately €125 million (CAD$180 million) contract follows a contract signed in 2013 to supply 34 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles to the city of Ottawa. Alstom will …

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Russian Railways to launch simultaneous remote control operation of trains


Russian Railways (RZD) is planning to launch the remote control operation of multiple trains by a single office operator. The initiative is part of  RZD’s  Digital Railways program. “It will include a complex of advanced IT technologies, traffic management, and automated locomotive control. This is a very interesting project and we will achieve it by 2020,” said Valentin Gapanovich, …

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Bombardier to supply 125 BiLevel rail cars to Metrolinx

Bombardier to supply 125 BiLevel rail cars to Metrolinx

Metrolinx, the Province of Ontario’s regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), has exercised the option for the purchase of an additional 125 next-generation BOMBARDIER BiLevel commuter rail cars for service with GO Transit in Toronto. This order is valued at $428 million CAD ($328 million US, …

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Deutsche Bahn reports improved profits in H1 2016

Deutsche Bahn to make extensive ticket distribution practice changes

Deutsche Bahn has reported more improved figures for the first half of 2016, its revenues reaching EUR 20.03 billion, up nearly 0.2% year on year. Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose by EUR 117 million, or 13.1%, to EUR 1.007 billion. In long-distance rail passenger transport, passenger numbers rose by 6.4 million, or 10.6%, year …

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