During a ceremony Tuesday at the Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) facility in Koedoespoort, South Africa, Transnet SOC Ltd. and GE South Africa Technologies Ltd. (GESAT) marked the signing of a contract for 43 new Model C30ACi locomotives for South Africa, bringing the total number of GE locomotives ordered to 143 since December 2009.
Bloomfield, N.J.-based Atlantic Track on Tuesday announced several personnel appointments, many involving staffing at the company’s new Southeast regional office in Atlanta.
A lobbying effort by the trucking industry could encourage Congress to increase truck sizes and/or truck weight on the nation’s roadways in the next surface transportation bill now being considered in both the House and the Senate, according to Railway Supply Institute President Tom Simpson.
Parking commuter benefits will rise from $230 to $240 per month in 2012, but corresponding public transit user benefits provided by employers will be cut severely, due to the inability of Congress to reach consensus on the matter.
Users of Toronto Transit Commission’s Scarborough Line may be without rail service for four years, beginning in 2015, as the line is converted to light rail transit (LRT) from its current operation (shown here).
“The phase-in of Scarborough will be from the fall of 2015 to 2019,” TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster said at a recent city budget committee hearing.
The line originally was to be converted by 2015, but the election of Mayor Rob Ford, more supportive of subway construction than LRT extensions, put the project’s status is doubt. Webster said the conversion of the Scarborough Line will be coordinated with related extension of the Eglinton LRT line, which now will be placed largely underground (and driving up capital costs) due to community input.
U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Dec. 24, 2011 was up a hefty 11.9% compared with the same week one year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the same week was up 22.9% from the same week last year.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley last week said the state will budget about $69 million in state funding for engineering work related to the proposed 16-mile Purple Line Light Rail project.
The proposed LRT line, planned to link with Washington, D.C.’s Metro rail system in at least four locations, arcs across D.C.’s northern suburbs across two counties in Maryland, from Bethesda to New Carrollton. Current construction costs are estimated at $1.925 billion.
The $69 million reportedly will cover costs for the next two years, and will be generated from increases in certificate and title fees for vehicles, as well as from higher fees for vanity tags and dealer processing charges, according to a spokesman from the Maryland Department of Transportation. While just 3.6% of the overall cost, the $69 million is politically significant, given past opposition to or neglect of the Purple Line proposal from previous state administrations.
As part of the launch of its 150th anniversary celebration website, Union Pacific Railroad says it will award more than $35,000 in prizes to the top entries that remake the company’s classic 1970s television commercial, “We Can Handle It.”
The Railway Supply Institute has noted a lobbying effort by the trucking industry could encourage Congress to increase truck sizes and/or truck weight on the nation’s roadways in the next surface transportation bill, now being considered; in both the House and the Senate. RSI calls this effort “the biggest threat we have seen in more than 20 years.”
China’s official news agency, Xinhua, announced that the Ministry of Railways over the past weekend launched a test train capable of achieving 500 km/h (310 mph) cruising speeds. CSR Corp. Ltd. built the train.
The Railway Association of Canada reported Tuesday that the nation’s rail sector has rebounded from the global economic downturn, posting solid volume growth and investing “significantly” in capacity and efficiency initiatives.
The Surface Transportation Board announced a ruling Wednesday clarifying the scope of a Presidentially-mandated review to determine “whether any o fits existing regulations may have become outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome, and how to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them, as appropriate.”
Bombardier Transportation said Thursday the Essen Transport Authority (EVAG) has ordered 27 FLEXITY Classic trams; the contract is worth $94 million.
Bombardier will deliver two pre-series vehicles in August 2013, while the rest of the order will begin being delivered in March 2014.
EVAG Chief Technical Officer Klaus-Peter Wandelenus said, “The tender was based on the good experience with the proven 70% low-floor technology which is characterized by ensuring a smooth ride and high comfort, low wear and tear of tracks and wheels and a long operating life. The BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Classic tram fully meets tender expectations. Moreover, we want to have the electrical and mechanical part provided by one manufacturer and not by two.” Bombardier Transportation President, Light Rail Vehicles, Germar Wacker said, “With this new order we are successfully continuing our long-standing cooperation with the Essen Transport Authority. We are grateful for the order and the trust placed in us. Our proven FLEXITY Classic trams will be modified to fit the infrastructure of Essen and fulfills the most recent standards.”
Sumitomo Corp. of America this week has affirmed that it, in conjunction with partner Nippon Sharyo, entered into an agreement October 31 to supply Greater Toronto Area’s Metrolinx with six additional diesel multiple-units (DMUs), slated for use on Toronto’s planned rail line linking Toronto’s Union Station with Lester B. Pearson International Airport.
The US$22 million contract will be for the middle flat-nosed “C Car,” which connects both ends of slanted-nose “A Cars” (pictured at left), Sumitomo said. Metrolinx plans to use these additional 6 cars as a middle car in three-car consists, but the “C Cars” can beoperated individually as well, Sumitomo said. Delivery of the “C Cars” is scheduled for 2015.
The new cars will meet the stringent Tier 4 emissions standards and will incorporate Crash Energy management (CEM) features that comply and exceed with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requirements. Final assembly of the cars will take place in Rochelle, Ill., with the facility beginning production in the second quarter of next year. "This new contract from Metrolinx solidifies our expanding share in the DMU market and invigorates our plans to increase our future presence in the market", said Hideyuki "Hugh" Ninomiya, director of Transportation Systems at Sumitomo Corp. of America.
ProTran1 says that After three years of development, the company has been awarded a major contract from Australia’s Imtram, Ltd., to supply several fail-safe bi-directional Portable Automatic Track Warning Systems which will be used by several Australian railways for work zone protection.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York has approved a $12.6 billion operating budget with no planned fare increases of service cuts though it comes with a funding gap of $68 million. “The 2012 budget is largely similar to the Final Proposed Budget presented to the Board in November,” said MTA in a statement Wednesday.
Contrary to published reports, KinkiSharyo has continued to showcase its prototype ameriTRAM streetcar even after the APTA Annual Expo in New Orleans last October. The company had its prototype on display at the maintenance shops for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit (HBLRT) in Jersey City, N.J., on Dec. 23.
Bombardier Transportation says it will supply 90 of its 430 series electric multiple unit (EMU) trains to Germany’s DB Regio AG, worth $648 million, to serve the Frankfurt metropolitan area. The new 90 four-car electric multiple units of the 430 series are to be used in the suburban-network Kleyer. The trains are able to accelerate rapidly and can reach speeds of up to 140 km/h (about 87 mph) during operation. The EMUs have 24 electric swivel-sliding doors, enabling easier and more rapid passenger flow. The trains will also provide a spacious multi-purpose area to ensure greater convenience for passengers traveling with bicycles. Energy-saving indirect LED lighting integrated in the luggage racks enhances the interior ambience. Information on connecting trains is displayed in real-time via a modern passenger information system with a monitor in each of the entrance areas.
Bombardier notes the move follows a similar order for 87 430 series EMUs for the Stuttgart region; production of this order is under way.
Veolia Transportation says it has been awarded a two-year contract extension for operations and maintenance of the North Country Transit District (NCTD) Sprinter service in northern San Diego County, Calif. Sprinter, the nation’s second diesel light rail transit (DLRT) line to be established in modern times, spans 22 miles from Oceanside to Escondido, Calif., serving 15 stations. After a series of delays, Sprinter began passenger revenue service in March 2008. The two-year contract extension, approved NCTD in November, calls for Veolia Transportation to manage the Sprinter service through December 2014 with an additional 18-month extension—at the discretion of NCTD’s Board of Directors— through June 30, 2016. The original contract with Veolia was approved by the NCTD in April 2006. “Veolia Transportation welcomes the opportunity to continue its service to the NCTD and to provide safe, efficient, and environmentally-friendly Sprinter transportation services to the community,” stated Richard Dahl, general manager, Veolia Transportation.
Advertising company Titan says it has landed the exclusive right to sell Amtrak’s media in the Northeast Corridor from New York to Washington D.C., beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The contract encompasses station dominations in Washington D.C.’s Union Station, Penn Station in Baltimore, 30th Street Station Philadelphia, and New York's Penn Station. In addition to those main hubs, there are more than 40 additional stations with Amtrak media that Titan will now also sell for Amtrak. The new Amtrak hubs complement Titan's existing Northeast Corridor properties which include Southeastern Pennsylvania Transpiration Authority (SEPTA), Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) and New Jersey Transit. Together, these assets give Titan dominance in the region. Titan will run the business out of its New York and Philadelphia offices. “We've wanted to partner with Amtrak since we first started working in Philadelphia back in 2005,” said Titan Executive Vice President and General Manager Jeff Randazzo. “We're looking forward to bringing new revenue-generating ideas to Amtrak, as well as to our clients. This certainly strengthens our ability to reach the business traveler and so many others who use Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.” Titan says Amtrak’s station dominations are made up of diverse creative media formats, including two-sheets, three-sheets, stair risers, floor graphics, wall banners, kiosks, back-lit dioramas, column wraps, and clock media.