As railways push ahead with digitalization, more and more are engaging and implementing solutions from a new form of supplier: the tech start-up. This is changing the railway-supplier relationship and altering the industry’s wider approach to innovation, as IRJ’s Kevin Smith discovers.
Siemens and Alstom confirmed in a statement Jan. 28 that they have offered further concessions to the European Commission (EC) in a bid to gain approval of their merger.
VIA Rail Canada announced that it has awarded Siemens Canada a C$989 million ($741 million) contract to supply 32 intercity trainsets for the Quebec City–Toronto–Windsor corridor.
Siemens AG and Bentley Systems are extending their existing 2016 agreement “to further develop their joint business cooperation and commercial initiatives.” The two companies at the same time embarked on a new software offering.
Siemen’s’ Mobility division will be transferred into a legally separate company owned by Siemens in anticipation of its merger with Alstom, as part of a Siemens’ company-wide restructuring announced on August 1.
Shareholders have approved a proposal to merge two of the largest suppliers in the global rail industry.
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has awarded a $51.5 million contract to Siemens Industry for eight S70 low-floor light rail vehicles for the OC Streetcar project, construction of which is expected to begin later this year.
The merger of Siemens’ mobility business and Alstom reached a milestone on March 23 with the signing of a Business Combination Agreement (BCA) setting out terms and conditions agreed to by the two companies.
Charlotte (N.C.) Area Transit System (CATS) opened an extension to its 9.3-mile Lynx Blue Line light rail line on March 16.
California’s North County Transit District celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Sprinter hybrid light rail commuter system March 9.