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.

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications for a contract to finance and build the Lakeshore East - East Corridor Expansion project.

Lakeshore East – East Corridor Expansion procurement begins

24 Mar 2017

CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications for a contract to finance and build the Lakeshore East - East Corridor Expansion project in the Greater Toronto area. The scope includes ... more

Los Angeles confirms Chinese metro car order

24 Mar 2017

USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has issued CRRC MA Corp with a Notice to Proceed with the supply 64 HR4000 metro cars, the agency confirmed on March 23. The Chinese supplier had been selected in ... more

Capital Metro in Austin has taken delivery of two more Stadler GTW diesel multiple-units.

Capital Metro takes delivery of more Stadler DMUs

23 Mar 2017

USA: Stadler has delivered two more GTW 2/6 diesel multiple-units to Capital Metro in Austin after a one-month journey from its Bussnang factory in Switzerland. After being carried by ship to the port of Galveston, the trains ... more

Boston Orange Line metro car mock-up receives official visit

22 Mar 2017

USA: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker visited a mock-up of the metro car design that CRRC is supplying for Boston’s Orange Line at MBTA’s Wellington Yard on March 21, accompanied by Secretary of Transportation Stephanie ... more

Trump budget proposes cuts to urban transport grants

19 Mar 2017

USA: In a blueprint for its proposed Financial Year 2018 budget, the Trump administration is planning to cut funding for the Department of Transportation to $16bn, a 13% reduction on that available for FY2017. Under the ... more

Valley Metro renews operating contract

17 Mar 2017

USA: Valley Metro has approved a five-year extension to Alternate Concepts Inc’s contract to operate the 42 km light rail network centred on Phoenix. ACI has operated the line for Valley Metro since before the opening in ... more

CRRC begins construction of Chicago factory

17 Mar 2017

USA: CRRC Sifang America held a groundbreaking ceremony for its rolling stock assembly plant in Chicago on March 16. CRRC intends the 35 390 m2 factory in the Hegewisch district of southeast Chicago to become ... more

Boston’s PCC streetcars to be overhauled

14 Mar 2017

USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to overhaul its fleet of PCC streetcars. The $7·9m overhaul and aims to extend the life of the vehicles, which have been in service since the mid-1940s. The work is expected ... more

BART analyses results of crowd-reduction trial

13 Mar 2017

USA: BART and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority have released preliminary results of the BART Perks pilot, which rewarded passengers who travel outside the morning peak with cash rewards. The six-month trial ran ... more