Light rail project off; Vancouver SkyTrain funded

The Translink Mayors’ council, which oversees Metro Vancouver’s public transport operator, has voted to suspend the C$1.65 billion ($1.2 billion) development of a light rail network in Surrey, the second-largest city in British Columbia.

FTA awards grants for urban rail projects

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that it has allocated $281 million in Capital Investment Grants to five rail projects in Arizona, California, and Texas.

Greenbrier and Saudi Railway Company to form joint venture

U.S.-based railcar builder The Greenbrier Cos. further extended its global footprint with an agreement for rail projects and freight cars in Saudi Arabia.

Texas HSR selects Renfe of Spain as strategic partner

Texas Central selected state-owned Renfe of Spain as strategic partner for operation and maintenance of the Dallas–Houston high-speed line.

Siemens Kaeser

Siemens splits Mobility division into separate company

Siemen’s’ Mobility division will be transferred into a legally separate company owned by Siemens in anticipation of its merger with Alstom, as part of a Siemens’ company-wide restructuring announced on August 1.

First ACS-64 rolling on SEPTA

No. 901, the first of 15 Siemens ACS-64 electric locomotives delivered to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), made its inaugural run in revenue service on July 11.