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.

Additional Azur trains ordered for Montréal

12 Nov 2018

CANADA: Montréal metro operator STM has ordered a further 17 nine-car trainsets from a consortium of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom, the suppliers announced on November 12. Bombardier’s share of the €300m contract is €188m ... more

El Paso Streetcar inaugurated

12 Nov 2018

USA: The El Paso Streetcar opened to passengers on November 9 with a weekend of free travel. The 7·7 km route is arranged in a single-track figure of eight serving 27 stops. The Uptown Loop service runs around both loops ... more

Battery buses ordered for San Diego

05 Nov 2018

USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has awarded New Flyer of America a contract to supply six battery buses. The 12 m long Xcelsior Charge vehicles expected to arrive in 2019 will be equipped with CCTV and ... more

Milwaukee welcomes The Hop

05 Nov 2018

USA: The first phase of The Hop tram network in Milwaukee was inaugurated on November 2. Travel on the 3·4 route-km route linking Burns Commons and Clybourne Street is free for a year as part of a sponsorship deal with ... more

Bombardier tests Eglinton Crosstown LRV

05 Nov 2018

CANADA: Bombardier Transportation has presented the first Flexity light rail vehicle for the Eglinton Crosstown line in Toronto. Testing is taking place at Bombardier’s Kingston facility. Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area ... more

Expanded PATH station opens at Harrison

31 Oct 2018

USA: An expanded metro station opened at Harrison, New Jersey, on October 30, serving the Newark branch of the PATH metro network which links Lower Manhattan with destinations across the Hudson ... more

The first of the Flirt trainsets which Stadler is supplying for the 43 km TEX Rail commuter route linking central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has undergone dynamic testing at the airport.

TEX Rail train on test at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

18 Oct 2018

USA: The first of the Flirt trainsets which Stadler is supplying for the 43 km TEX Rail commuter route linking central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has undergone dynamic testing at ... more

Keolis and the City of Candiac launched what they say is the first long-term demonstration of an autonomous electric shuttle on public roads in Canada (Photo: Keolis).

Autonomous electric shuttle takes to the road

17 Oct 2018

CANADA: This month Keolis and the City of Candiac launched what they say is the first long-term demonstration of an autonomous electric shuttle on public roads in Canada.  ‘We invite all public transit users and ... more

A mobile phone app is to be used to provide data for a survey of transport usage in the Minneapolis–St Paul Twin Cities region.

Mobile phone app to be used for passenger study

17 Oct 2018

USA: A mobile phone app is to be used to provide data for a survey of transport usage in the Minneapolis–St Paul Twin Cities region which being undertaken by the Metropolitan Council in partnership with the Minnesota and ... more