Americas urban rail news

The latest streetcar, light rail, subway, metro and commuter rail news news from North and South America, including the USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Finch West funding announced

26 Jun 2017

CANADA: The federal and Ontario governments announced funding for the Finch West light rail project in Toronto on June 23. Ontario is to provide C$1·2bn, with the federal government supplying up to C$333m. The 11 km light ... more

Phoenix light rail extension contractor chosen

23 Jun 2017

USA: Valley Metro has approved the appointment of Kiewit as the construction manager for the South Central extension of the light rail network serving Phoenix. Construction on the extension from central Phoenix to Baseline Road ... more

Alstom is to supply another 28 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles to Ottawa.

Alstom wins second Ottawa light rail vehicle order

23 Jun 2017

CANADA: Ottawa light rail project developer Rideau Transit Group has awarded Alstom a €200m contract to supply 38 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for Stage 2 of the O-Train network. The consortium of SNC-Lavalin, ACS ... more

New York state proposes taking control of MTA

21 Jun 2017

USA: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 20 a proposal to give the state control of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. Asserting that ‘the MTA is in a state of crisis’ and that ‘there is no quick or ... more

Federal funding for REM agreed

15 Jun 2017

CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on June 15 that the federal government is to provide C$1·28bn towards the construction of the Réseau Électrique Métropolitain automated metro project in Montréal. All the funding ... more

BART makes crime data publicly available

14 Jun 2017

USA: The police department of San Francisco’s BART has made data for serious crimes at and around its stations publicly available. Fed by data from the police department’s computer-aided dispatch, shows ... more

The City of Sacramento and Verizon are entering a public-private partnership to develop smart city technologies.

Sacramento approves smart city partnership

08 Jun 2017

USA: Sacramento City Council voted unanimously on June 6 to approve a public-private partnership with Verizon to develop smart city infrastructure. Verizon expects to invest more than $100m as part of the project. ‘This ... more

Hurontario light rail shortlist announced

07 Jun 2017

CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Greater Toronto transport agency Metrolinx have shortlisted three consortia for the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project to the west ... more

Los Angeles light rail vehicle overhaul contract

07 Jun 2017

USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded Alstom a €130m contract to overhaul 52 Siemens P2000 light rail vehicles in use on the Blue, Green and Expo lines. The mid-life overhaul is expected to ... more