Pascal Baran

Keolis, MBTA driving toward drones

Drones (formally called UAS, for “Unmanned Aerial System”) are becoming an important tool in railroad engineering and maintenance. Keolis Commuter Services, which operates regional/commuter rail for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, is among the latest to adopt the technology.

Keolis, Ivado in Big Data passenger pact

Keolis, a subsidiary of French National Railways (SNCF), has signed a five-year deal with Canada’s Institute for Data Valorization (Ivado) to share and analyze Big Data to help develop innovative mobility solutions.

MBTA, Keolis add Boston-Cape Cod train for 5th summer

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Keolis Commuter Services announced that the seasonal CapeFLYER weekend train service between Boston and Hyannis begins Memorial Day weekend.

MBTA chooses Railway Equipment Co.’s winter switch protection technology

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has partnered with Railway Equipment Company of Minneapolis and system operator Keolis Commuter Services to install gas hot air track switch heater systems and fiberglass covers at critical track switches throughout the commuter rail system.

Patriots parade record day for MBTA rail

The New England Patriots’ record fifth Super Bowl win turned into a record-breaking day for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

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Virtual-reality railcar maintenance: Keolis

Keolis Commuter Services, contract operator of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) regional/commuter trains, is testing specialized virtual reality glasses for maintaining cars and locomotives.

Track work on MBTA’s Framingham-Worcester Line set to begin

Track work is set to start on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Framingham-Worcester Line this month, with a goal of replacing 25,000-30,000 railroad ties while work to end the line’s heat-related speed restrictions wraps up, Keolis Commuter Services announced March 23, 2016.

Despite some slip and slide, Keolis improves the ride

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail system contractor Keolis Commuter Services posted a non-adjusted weekday on-time performance rate of 90.44% for October, “the best performance for that month in nearly a decade.” When adjusted for slippery rail and other conditions or incidents not under Keolis control, on-time performance was 94.44%.

Keolis turns to GIRO for management software

Keolis Commuter Services has awarded GIRO, a supplier of planning, scheduling and managment software for public transit and paratransit operations, a contract for a HASTUS-Rail installation to optimize scheduling and manage daily operations of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) commuter rail system, which Keolis operates and maintains.

From the planes to the trains

Keolis Commuter Services has named United Airlines aircraft maintenance veteran Kenneth Trahan as Chief Mechanical Officer for its Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail system operations and maintenance contract, the company announced on July 8, 2015.