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.

St Louis County, Mo., announced on June 23 that feasibility studies will be commissioned into three potential extensions of the MetroLink light rail network, which have been identified as part of the region's long-range transportation plan.

The first two Siemens SC-44 Charger diesel passenger locomotives have arrived in Colorado for the start of testing at TTCI’s Pueblo, Colo., facility.

East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has unveiled a Yen 250bn ($US 2.4 billion) project to rebuild three stations in central Tokyo in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

Jamaica Minister of Transport and Works Michael Henry told the House of Representatives on June 8 that the government is holding discussions with Herzog regarding the possibility of establishing a public-private partnership (PPP) to resurrect part of the island’s passenger railway network.

The government of the Brazilian state of São Paulo announced on June 7 that TC-Linha 4 Amarela, a consortium of Comsa and Tiisa Infraestrutura e Investimentos, has been selected to complete the second phase of metro Line 4.

Rio de Janeiro reached a milestone in its transport preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games on May 23, when the first test train traversed the new metro Line 4.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Bellevue, Wash., on April 22, 2016 to mark the start of construction on Sound Transit's East Link light rail line.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 11:41

Miami proposes six new urban rail lines

The Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) adopted a resolution on April 21, 2016 endorsing the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) plan, which envisages the construction of six new urban rail lines in Miami-Dade County.

SMART proposes constructing five of the six lines as light rail. The Beach Corridor (formerly Bay Link) would connect the city center with Miami Beach via the MacArthur Causeway, while the South Dade Transit Way would replace bus lanes along U.S. Highway 1 south of the city with a light rail line.

The East-West Corridor would relieve the congested Dolphin Expressway between the city center and the western suburbs, while to the south a second east-west line, the Kendall Corridor, would run west along Kendall Drive from Dadeland Metrorail station. The fifth line would run north from North West 79th Street along 27th Avenue.

In addition to these light rail projects, SMART also includes the Tri-Rail Coastal Link, which would introduce commuter rail services on a 22.4-mile section of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) north from Miami to Boca Raton and Jupiter.

The MPO says it will now carry out further studies to determine costs and potential sources of funding for project development and environmental studies on the six corridors.

All six of the projects listed by SMART were endorsed by voters in a 2002 ballot which authorized a 0.5% sales tax to fund expansion of the urban rail network. However, much of the revenue generated by this tax has been used to maintain the current system, adding only a 2.4-mile extension of the Metrorail network to Miami International Airport.

The first phase of Denver's Eagle PPP commuter rail project was completed on April 22, 2016, when Colorado Governor  John Hickenlooper, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Denver Mayor   Michael Hancock inaugurated the 23.5-mile University of Colorado A Line from Union Station to Denver International Airport.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:27

First Honolulu Metro cars delivered

The first two vehicles from a fleet of 20 four-car driverless trains being built by Hitachi Rail Italy (HRI) for the Honolulu Metro arrived in Hawaii on March 24, 2016.

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