Kevin Smith joined IRJ in 2009 as features editor and since then has travelled the world reporting on developments in the world's railways. Before joining IRJ, Kevin worked for several local newspapers in the United States and as a freelance technical writer for a university engineering magazine. Kevin graduated with a first class honours degree in American Studies from Lancaster University, Britain, in 2006, and with a Master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University, United States, in 2008.
With an increasing number of cities constructing light rail networks in response to growing urbanization, and aging fleets up for renewal, the market for LRVs is expected to grow at 4% per year over the next five years, according to the latest market study by German consulting firm SCI Verkehr.
Wabtec has confirmed that it plans to acquire Faiveley Transport for a total purchase price of $1.8 billion, including assumed debt, which if approved, will create one of the world's largest rail equipment supply companies.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro), Houston, Tex., marked the opening of two new light rail lines over the weekend of May 23, 2015.
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Westport Innovations, has delivered the first of four liquefied natural gas (LNG) tenders ordered by Canadian National (CN) to Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD, which is developing a pilot low-pressure LNG diesel dual-fuel locomotive for the Class I railroad).