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.

Stadler completes first TEX Rail DMU

03 Aug 2017

USA: Stadler has completed the first Flirt multiple-unit to be assembled in the USA at its plant at North Salt Lake in Utah. The DMU for the TEX Rail project will be officially unveiled at the ATPA Expo in Atlanta in October. ... more

San Francisco trolleybus order placed

02 Aug 2017

USA: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has ordered 185 trolleybuses, New Flyer of America announced on July 26. The manufacturer will supply its 12 m long Xcelsior model. The order is an option on a contract ... more

Los Angeles electric bus orders approved

01 Aug 2017

USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved contracts for the supply of 95 electric buses for use on its two bus rapid transit routes. BYD is to supply 12 m buses to be used on the Silver ... more

Hitachi to supply Baltimore metro trains and signalling

27 Jul 2017

USA: Maryland Transit Administration has awarded a $400·5m contract for the supply of metro rolling stock and signalling. The supplier is the Hitachi Ansaldo Baltimore Rail Partners joint venture of Hitachi Rail Italy, which will ... more

Portland welcomes contactless ticketing

25 Jul 2017

USA: An account-based smart card and contactless bank card fare collection system went into operation in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area on July 17. The Hop Fastpass is valid on bus, light rail and commuter rail services ... more

Work begins to electrify Caltrain

24 Jul 2017

USA: California Governor Jerry Brown was among those present at a ceremony at Millbrae station on June 21 to mark the start of work on the Caltrain Electrification Project. ‘Today marks the beginning of a faster, cleaner, ... more