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.

FTA announces low-emission bus funding

28 Apr 2017

USA: The Federal Transit Administration announced on April 27 that it is to provide up to $55m per year in grants through its Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus programme. The deadline for applications is June 26, and winners are to ... more

Liebherr-Transportation Systems is to supply 400 hydraulic level control systems for use on the Series 7000 metro cars that CRRC is to build for Chicago.

Liebherr level control for Chicago metro cars

26 Apr 2017

USA: CRRC Sifang America has awarded Liebherr-Transportation Systems a contract to develop and supply 400 hydraulic level control systems for use on the Series 7000 metro cars that it is to build for Chicago Transit Authority. ... more

Court backs Bombardier in Ontario LRV dispute

20 Apr 2017

CANADA: Ontario provincial transport authority Metrolinx cannot immediately cancel a contract with Bombardier Transportation for the supply of 182 light rail vehicles without compensating the manufacturer, a court ruled on April ... more

Seattle light rail renewable energy agreement signed

19 Apr 2017

USA: Sound Transit has entered into a 10-year agreement with Puget Sound Energy enabling the transport authority to purchase wind-generated energy directly. It hopes to use only renewable energy to power its light rail network ... more

CRRC signed a contract on April 12 to supply rolling stock for the Los Angeles metro.

CRRC signs Los Angeles metro train contract

18 Apr 2017

USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and CRRC signed a framework contract for the supply of up to 282 metro cars at Union Station on April 12. The base order is worth $178m and includes 30 cars to ... more

All six vehicles for the QLine in Detroit have been delivered.

Detroit tram deliveries completed

13 Apr 2017

USA: Brookville Equipment Corp delivered the last two of six Liberty Modern Streetcars for Detroit in March, ahead of the planned opening of the QLine on May 12. The pilot vehicle arrived in Detroit in September 2016, after ... more

CRRC signs Boston Red Line metro car contract

10 Apr 2017

USA: CRRC signed a contract on April 5 to supply 134 metro cars to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. These are to be used on Boston’s Red Line. In December 2016 MBTA’s Fiscal & Management Control Board approved a ... more

Battery energy storage to lower light rail energy cost

06 Apr 2017

CANADA: Toronto Hydro is to provide a battery energy storage system capable of providing the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail line with back-up and emergency power for up to 4 h in the event of a widespread power outage. ... more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced C$1.8bn in federal funding for the GO RER project.

GO Transit RER receives C$1·8bn in federal funding

31 Mar 2017

CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on March 31 that the federal government is to provide C$1·8bn towards the GO Transit Regional Express Rail project being developed in the Greater Golden Horseshoe centred on ... more