Keith Barrow, Associate Editor, International Railway Journal

Keith Barrow, Associate Editor, International Railway Journal

Keith Barrow joined IRJ as News Editor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Editor in 2008. He was previously editor of employee publications for the Welsh Assembly Government, G4S, and Thomsonfly, and has written for a range of other publications including the Derby Telegraph. He graduated from Lincoln University in 2002 with a degree in journalism.

Canadian mining company KWG Resources announced on August 22 that it has signed a framework strategic cooperation agreement with China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group (FSDI) to carry out a bankable feasibility study for a multi-user railway linking mines in northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire region to a junction with Canadian National’s (CN) Winnipeg - Nakina - Sudbury main line at Exton.

A new generation of rolling stock entered passenger service on Vancouver’s SkyTrain driverless light metro network on the morning of August 18, when Kevin Desmond, CEO of transport authority TransLink and British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) president and general manager Vivienne King welcomed passengers on board the first Mark III train at Waterfront station.

Proposals for a 46-mile light rail network and a second commuter rail line for Nashville have been included in a 25-year transit strategy for the region, which was presented to the boards of Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (NMTA) and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) on August 17 following 16 months of public consultation.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:07

First Lima Line 2 train heads for Peru

The first of 42 driverless metro trains being supplied by Hitachi Rail Italy (HRI) for Lima metro Line 2 was loaded onto the MV Cerinthus at the port of Salerno on August 16 in readiness for its 29-day sea voyage to Peru.

Brazil’s National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) has awarded two consortia contracts to carry out feasibility studies for a commuter rail link running south from the capital Brasilia to Luziânia in the state of Goiás.

Lima metro Line 1 is set to benefit from a significant increase in capacity under an addendum to the concession contract between the Peruvian government and the GyM-Ferrovias consortium, which was signed on July 11 by Peru’s minister of communications and transport José Gallardo Ku and consortium chairman Gonzalo Ferraro.

Miami Beach City Commission has given the go-ahead to negotiate an interim agreement with the Greater Miami Transit Partners consortium, which has submitted the highest-ranking proposal for a light rail line in the city.

Calgary Transit's new fleet of Siemens S200 high-floor LRVs entered service on the city's CTrain light rail network on July 5 in time for the annual Calgary Stampede.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:04

Transdev wins Detroit tram contract

Transdev North America announced on June 30 that it has been awarded a $15.5 million contract by M1-Rail to operate and maintain Detroit's first modern tram line.

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Purple Line Transit Partners, have signed the final financial documents for a $5.6 billion PPP contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the light rail Purple Line north of Washington DC.

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