Kansas City Southern has pledged to set a science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction target that it said “will align with what climate scientists say is needed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.”

KCS Targets Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Kansas City Southern has submitted a letter to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) committing to setting a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.

Metra’s initial order will be for 200 cars, with an option for up to 300 more. Total price tag: $1.8 billion.

Metra Orders Alstom Multi-Levels

The Metra Board of Directors has approved the purchase of up to 500 multi-level commuter railcars from Alstom to replace aging bi-level gallery cars.

A below-grade stop at Humber College (rendering shown) is one of 18 stations planned for the new 11-km (6.8-mile) Finch West LRT line in northwest Toronto.

Bombardier Wins Maintenance Contract for Toronto’s Finch West LRT

Mosaic Transit Group (MTG) has awarded Bombardier Transportation a 30-year contract to maintain light rail vehicles and wayside track and catenary systems for the new C$2.5 billion (US$1.95 billion) Finch West LRT project in northwest Toronto. The 11-km (6.8-mile) line is a P3 of Infrastructure Ontario; Metrolinx; and MTG, a joint venture of ACS Infrastructure and AECON that has a DBFM (design, build, finance, maintain) contract.

NJT PTC Arrives JIT

In New Jersey Transit’s epic struggle with implementing Positive Train Control by the Dec. 31, 2020 federal deadline, the agency came in under the wire(s), literally.

Wabtec’s Metroflexx Receives TÜV SÜD Certification

TÜV SÜD, an independent testing and certification authority, has certified Wabtec Corp’s new Metroflexx brake, which the company calls “next-generation braking systems for the mass transit rail industry.” The certification “validates that the system meets the safety, quality and performance standards set at an organizational, local or international level.”

A still shot from Amtrak's Next-Generation Acela video of advanced testing at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., in Colorado.

Watch: Testing Amtrak’s Next-Gen Acela Trainset

Amtrak has released a video progress report on testing its next-generation high-speed Acela trainset prototype at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., (TTCI) in Colorado.

An investigation is under way at WMATA after a train-separation incident occurred earlier today on an eight-car train, comprised of all 6000-series cars. (Wikipedia)

WMATA Sidelining 6000-Series Cars

Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is temporarily sidelining its fleet of 6000-series rapid transit cars after an early Nov. 24 train-separation incident on the Red Line. An investigation is under way; there were no reported injuries.

Alstom is supplying REM with not only 212 vehicles (106 trains) based its Metropolis platform, but also its automated and driverless Urbalis 400 communication-based train control (CBTC) system, an Alstom Iconis control center, as well as platform screen doors and depot equipment.

First Look: REM Light Rail Vehicle for Montreal

The project office of Montreal’s automated light rail network, Réseau express métropolitain (REM), has officially unveiled the first four light rail vehicles. The 67-km (41.6-mile) network is expected to begin partial service in 2022 with full operation in 2024 with 26 stations, connecting downtown Montreal to the South Shore, North Shore, West Island and Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.

Take a Video Tour of Amtrak’s New Acela

In a newly released video, Amtrak Vice President Northeast Corridor Service Line Caroline Decker takes viewers on a tour of the onboard amenities and features that customers will be able to enjoy when the next generation of Acela trainsets launches in 2021.

As Metro takes delivery of the next 15 overhauled LRVs—at one per month—they will reenter service along the A (Blue), E (Expo) and C (Green) lines. The contract, awarded in 2017, calls for 52 cars to undergo midlife service.

LA Metro: First Overhauled P2000 Delivered

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has taken delivery of the first of 16 P2000 light rail vehicles that have been undergoing a midlife overhaul.

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