David Briginshaw, Editor-in-Chief, International Railway Journal

David Briginshaw, Editor-in-Chief, International Railway Journal

David Briginshaw joined IRJ in 1982 as associate editor, and was appointed editor-in-chief in 2001. He has travelled the world extensively interviewing many of the CEOs and senior managers of the world's railways and transit systems which has given him an in-depth knowledge of the global railway industry.

Monday, 04 December 2017 00:00

Hitachi deploys new Metrorail trains

The first of 24 four-car trains being supplied by Hitachi Rail Italy to Metro-Dade County entered service on the two-line Metrorail network in Miami on November 30.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 12:09

Keolis, Ivado in Big Data passenger pact

Keolis, a subsidiary of French National Railways (SNCF), has signed a five-year deal with Canada’s Institute for Data Valorization (Ivado) to share and analyze Big Data to help develop innovative mobility solutions.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:00

GE leads group in Nigeria rail bid

A consortium led by General Electric and including Transnet, South Africa, has been named preferred bidder by the government of Nigeria government for a concession to rehabilitate, finance and operate Nigerian Railways’ 2178-mile network.

Monday, 05 December 2016 10:11

Bolivia opens concrete tie plant

Production of pre-stressed concrete ties has started at a new plant built in Bolivia by Bolivian Cement Company (Soboce) and equipped, set up and tested by Wegh Group, Italy.

Monday, 17 October 2016 12:25

NYCT seeks dual-mode locomotives

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) is seeking expressions of interest by Nov. 30 for the supply of dual-mode (diesel/thirdrail) locomotives for use on the subway network.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:42

Rumo obtains $US 1.1bn loan from BNDES

Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) has agreed to lend Reais 3.5bn ($US 1.1 billion) to rail and port operator Rumo Logistics in order to fund part of its 2015-2018 investment program.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:16

Charlotte issues RFP for Gold Line Phase 2

Charlotte has issued an RFP (request for proposals) for the construction of Phase 2 of its CityLynx light rail Gold Line, adding extensions totaling 2.5 miles at each end of the 1.5-mile Phase 1, which opened in mid-2015.

A consortium of Ineco, Spain, its Mexican subsidiary Inecomex, Spain’s infrastructure manager Adif, and Cal y Mayor y Asociados, Mexico, have been awarded a contract to supervise the construction of an extension to Line 12 of the Mexico City metro.

Brazil’s interim federal government led by president Michel Temer is investigating how to revive the country’s ambitious new line construction program at a time of financial austerity by involving the country’s concessionaire rail freight operators.

Canadian pension fund Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) Infra has reached an agreement with CN to purchase infrastructure for its planned 41.5-mile (67 km) Metropolitan Electric Network (REM) automated metro project in Montreal.

Mexico City’s Collective Transport System (STC) has awarded a €164 million contract to CAF Mexico for 10 nine-car rubber-tired metro trains for Line 1.

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:10

MARTA issues RFI for new metro train fleet

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has issued requests for information by Aug. 30, 2016 for a fleet of new trains and for the life-extension of two-thirds of its existing fleet.

Friday, 05 August 2016 13:08

São Paulo plans metro privatisation

The governor of the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, says he wants to privatize six of the nine existing or planned metro and monorail lines serving the city of São Paulo, which represents about 60% of the network.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:00

Montreal electrifies start of tendering

CDPQ Infra, Canada, published two requests for qualification on June 28 for its $C5.5 billion ($US4.26 billion) Metropolitan Electric Network (REM) project in Montreal to qualify candidates to bid for two contracts to build and equip the automated rail network.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 09:14

Irish Rail tests longer freight trains

Irish Rail (IE) operated a 440 meter (almost 1/3 mile) long container freight train between Dublin North Wall and Claremorris on June 27 as part of trials to introduce longer freight trains later this year to boost its competitiveness.

Friday, 17 June 2016 15:03

Canada backs B.C. transit improvements

The Canadian government says it remains committed to making significant investments in infrastructure that will improve public transit systems, strengthen Canadian communities and help grow the economy.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 12:49

Škoda establishing U.S. subsidiary

Škoda Transportation, Czech Republic, is to set up a subsidiary company in the United States with a view to selling light rail vehicles and trains in North America.

Rocky Mountaineer, which operates tourist trains in western Canada and Washington State, has awarded a contract to Switzerland's Stadler to build 10 double-deck passenger coaches for delivery in 2018.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is starting dynamic testing of the first of 775 Fleet of the Future rapid transit cars being built by Bombardier Transportation under a $2.5 billion contract following arrival of the first car in San Francisco on April 6, 2016.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 19:14

Detroit-Grand Rapids service feasible: Study

A study into the introduction of a passenger train service between Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich., has found that the economic benefits and number of passengers anticipated justifies taking the project forward.

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