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.

San Diego MTS keeps playing the naming rights game

20 Oct 2017

USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced a naming rights deal for the Green Line on October 19. The 38 km route with 27 stops will be known as the Sycuan Green Line as part of the deal with Sycuan Casino. MTS ... more

Nashville transport plan unveiled

18 Oct 2017

USA: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced a transport plan on October 17 that would include construction of a light rail network in the city. Let’s Move Nashville: Metro’s Transportation Solution will be put to a ballot in May ... more

CRRC’s Springfield factory opens as Boston Orange Line cars on test

13 Oct 2017

USA: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker officially opened the CRRC MA rolling stock assembly plant in Springfield on October 12. The $95m plant and test track has been built to fulfil a contractual requirement for 60% ... more

Navya plans US production of autonomous shuttles

09 Oct 2017

USA: Keolis Transit America used the APTA Expo in Atlanta on October 8-11 to demonstrate the potential for autonomous bus shuttles to be used for ‘last mile’ public transport in urban and suburban applications. The vehicle ... more

The refurbished R160 cars have fewer seats to improve borading and alighting. They are initially being introduced on the E Subway route between Jamaica Center in Queens and World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Refurbished Subway cars enter service in New York

04 Oct 2017

USA: The first refurbished R160 cars have entered service on New York City Transit’s E Subway line, New York MTA announced on October 3.Work to refresh an initial 100 R160 cars is being undertaken to assess the ... more

CAF has already supplied similar Urbos streetcars for Cincinnati and Kansas City from its Elmira plant in New York state.

CAF wins Seattle streetcar contract

02 Oct 2017

USA: Seattle Department of Transport has awarded CAF a contract to supply 10 three-section 100% low-floor Urbos trams. Announced on October 2, the contract is worth in excess of $50m including spare parts, tools and testing ... more

TriMet orders electric buses for Portland

29 Sep 2017

USA: Portland transport agency TriMet has awarded New Flyer of America a contract to supply five battery buses, the manufacturer announced on September 28. The order is being partly financed through a Federal Transit ... more

Electric buses ordered for Minneapolis

28 Sep 2017

USA: New Flyer of America is to supply 18 m long articulated electric buses to Twin Cities operator Metro Transit for use on the C Line rapid bus route, which is due to open in 2019. To be assembled at New Flyer’s factory ... more

Siemens said MTS was its largest US light rail vehicle customer, having ordered a total of 244 LRVs as well as power and automation equipment.

Siemens awarded San Diego light rail contract

25 Sep 2017

USA: The Mid-Coast Transit Constructors joint venture of Stacy & Witbeck, Herzog and Skanska has awarded Siemens a contract to supply power and automation systems for San Diego Metropolitan Transportation System’s 17 km ... more