Siemens Mobility announced it will continue to update Calgary’s current light rail vehicle fleet with 15 additional S200 LRVs. The vehicles will replace Siemens’ original U2 vehicles, most of which have been running for almost 40 years.
Industry vet Alexander Houseal, P.E., has joined STV as Vice President and Senior Engineering Operations Manager of the Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Division’s Pennsylvania operation.
MTA New York City Transit announced plans to develop and purchase up to 949 new R262 subway cars with an open-gangway configuration, designed for the A Division (numbered lines), that would increase passenger flow to allow customers to move freely between cars, and have the potential to improve dwell times at stations and increase capacity.
Operation Lifesaver Canada unveiled its new rail-safety presentation designed specifically for children in kindergarten through Grade 2—Train and the Whateveritwas.
Fred Tallarico, P.E., has joined STV as Vice President and Regional Practice Lead, Design-Build for the Northeast U.S. and Canada. Located in the firm’s New York office, Tallarico will be responsible for business development and project oversight.
There is bad news from Washington D.C. concerning federal support for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (NFTA, Buffalo, N.Y.) proposed $1.4 billion Metro Rail Amherst Light Rail Extension project. According to the Federal Transit Administration New Starts Report for the upcoming Federal Fiscal Year 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021), released earlier this month, the project did not qualify for a New Starts grant under the first step known as “Project Development.”
As part of China’s national railway construction initiative, and in preparation for Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway was constructed in the Hebei province of northeast China. It opened for service on Dec. 30, 2019.
Work is progressing fairly satisfactorily on Edmonton, Alberta’s eight-mile Valley Line LRT, the city’s first low-floor operation. Meanwhile, LRV deliveries to major LRT projects in Ontario are proceeding more or less on schedule.
Keolis Commuter Services, the MBTA’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, earned the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Gold Sustainability Award for its commitment to and organizational enhancements focused on environmentally friendly business practices. Keolis is the first private commuter rail operator in the United States to earn the APTA Gold Sustainability Award.
David Isabelle, P.E., has joined STV as Vice President and Operations Director of the Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Division’s Northeast Region.