Shift2Rail Call for Proposals Receives 43 Requests Worth €113.3MM

Europe’s Shift2Rail (S2R) research initiative has received 43 requests for a combined €113.3 million in funding in its 2020 call for proposals, around 50% more than the €75.4 million in available funding.

Internal Documents Published After Stadler Refuses $6MM Ransom

Internal documents stolen during a cyber-attack on Stadler’s headquarters have been published online after the manufacturer refused to give in to ransom demands.

Germany Rubber-Stamps CRRC Vossloh Locomotive Acquisition

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has approved CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive’s acquisition of Vossloh Locomotives, saying its concerns do not justify rejecting the merger.

Railway Suppliers Employ 3D Printing to Defeat COVID-19

Siemens and Alstom have begun using their 3D printing capabilities to produce items to protect passengers, staff and medical practitioners during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing!”*

An intermodal platform railcar developed at the turn of the century looks set to finally come into its own, as a new service, an innovative loading/unloading semi-trailer method called Megaswing, launches to improve intermodal freight movements between Germany and Austria.

Texas Central: COVID-19 Could Impact Project Delivery

Texas Central says that the $20 billion project is now “shovel ready,” and following collaboration with the federal government, the State of Texas and a team of experts, it is ready to

MaaS Appeal: Urban Transport’s Near or Distant Future?

INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY JOURNAL, MARCH 2020 ISSUE: (MaaS) Mobility as a Service has been touted as the natural next step in the advancement of urban and intercity transport. But while strides have been made in the development of many of the integral aspects needed to make MaaS a reality, implementation is still lacking. Why this is the case, and what needs to change?

LA Looking at PPPs for Metro Expansion

The Los Angele Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is considering various financing options, including public-private partnerships (PPPs), in an effort to close major funding gaps as the city looks to expand its rail transit network ahead of the 2028 Olympic Games.

Bombardier Renews AirTrain JFK Systems Contract

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has renewed a contract with Bombardier to operate and maintain PANYNJ’s automated transit system (AirTrain JFK) at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

DB tests AI-equipped customer service “talking head”

German Rail (DB) has begun testing a Socio Empathic Human-Machine Interaction (Semmi) customer service robot that, using artificial intelligence (AI), is able to answer customer queries.