Light Rail

MTA Transit Tech Lab Seeks Submissions

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Partnership for New York City announced the second round of the Transit Tech Lab, described as “an accelerator program that allows the MTA and other public transportation agencies to explore innovative, private sector solutions to problems they face in operating the region’s subway, bus and commuter rail services.”

Confederation Line Opens in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s National Capitol, regained an electric rail transit system when its eight-mile crosstown Confederation Line opened to revenue passengers on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The line’s name reflected the original hope of opening the service in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Canada becoming a nation. Somewhat ironically, it was 60 years ago, 1959, that the city’s streetcars were abandoned.

Mobility’s Momentum

RAILWAY AGE, SEPTEMBER 2019 ISSUE: The passenger rail market in the U.S. is, in a word, “challenging.” Many would say “problematic.” Aside from funding that’s entirely dependent on government, today’s market is deeply affected by partisan politics and stringent manufacturing requirements—who builds what, and where—among other concerns. Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono spoke with Siemens Mobility President USA and Canada Marc Buncher about how this Germany-based but undeniably North American supplier views the market.

FTA Awards $75 Million to Tempe Streetcar

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a $75 million Capital Investment Grant to Valley Metro for the Tempe Streetcar Project in Tempe, Ariz. The project, FTA said, “will improve mobility and transit service through the historic downtown Tempe area, which is the city’s government and financial center, linking riders to Arizona State University and Valley Metro’s existing light rail system.”

Siemens at Railway Interchange 2019: Video

RAILWAY AGE at RAILWAY INTERCHANGE 2019: Siemens Mobility – Rail Automation has been part of the railway industry for more than 150 years. Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono talks with Vice President Sales Mike Nolan and several other company officials as they describe advanced technologies for safer, more-productive railways.

Ontario LRT Update

Light rail projects continue to advance in Canada’s Ontario Province, as years of planning, investment and construction gradually come to fruition. And Toronto’s vintage ALRVs have finally been retired.