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The goal of removing from service WMATA’s aging 2000-series rapid transit cars is to leave “a more reliable fleet of newer vehicles” that will result in “fewer offloads and delays,” the agency reported May 9. (WMATA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: WMATA, SCVTA, Québec

Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) is officially retiring its 1980s-era equipment from Italian firm Breda (now Hitachi Rail Italy). Also, the 2024 federal budget allocates $500 million to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (SCVTA) BART Silicon Valley Extension Project in California; a new public transit development agency is eyed for Québec; and more transit-oriented development (TOD) is planned for Montréal.

CTA has launched its latest Innovation Studio program seeking proposals from the private sector to address business challenges through new technology. (CTA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: CTA, NYMTA, TTC, WMATA

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) seeks innovators to test new technologies that improve rail safety, asset management and real-time information. Also, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) boosts subway security; Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) releases a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Bloor-Yonge Capacity Improvements project; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Hitachi Rail are offering a “sneak peek” of the new 8000 series rapid transit cars.

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Building an ‘Ethical’ Rail Vehicle

Most everyone in the rail transit industry knows that vehicles must be certified prior to entering revenue service—safety, functionality, quality, performance, etc. Hitachi Rail has added “social certification” to the mix with

Duos Technologies photo

Continuous Real-Time Checkups

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2023 ISSUE: Technologies that leverage AI are improving the way railroads operate and maintain equipment and infrastructure.

(Hitachi Rail Photograph)

Hitachi Rail Unveils New Digital Product Suite

Hitachi Rail is launching several new automation and digitalization “innovations” and product improvements for freight and passenger railroads at Railway Interchange 2023, which is being held Oct. 1-4 in Indianapolis.

(Hitachi Rail Photograph)

Hitachi Rail Refiles Thales Merger Notification (Updated)

Hitachi Rail on Sept. 18 reported refiling its merger notification with the European Commission, which it said formally restarts the merger clearance process for acquiring Thales’s Ground Transportation Systems (GTS) in the European Union.

‘Skyline’ Opens in Honolulu

The initial operating segment of Honolulu’s 20-mile, 21-station autonomous (driverless) Skyline, the first urban rail transit GoA4 (Grade of Automation) system in operation in the United States, opened for revenue service on