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.

BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension contract awarded

14 Jan 2019

USA: Project promoter Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has awarded an engineering services contract covering Phase II of the BART Silicon Valley extension project. The contract with a joint venture of Mott McDonald and ... more

The TEX Rail commuter line opened on January 10 (Photo: Trinity Metro).

TEX Rail commuter line opens

10 Jan 2019

USA: The 43 km TEX Rail commuter rail line linking central Fort Worth with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened on January 10, when the first train left North Side station at 03.38. The line developed by ... more

Bay Area Rapid Transit has worked with HaCon to develop BART Trip Planner web, iOS and Android apps for multimodal door-to-door journey planning in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BART launches end-to-end journey planner for the San Francisco area

09 Jan 2019

USA: Bay Area Rapid Transit has worked with HaCon to develop BART Trip Planner web, iOS and Android apps for multimodal door-to-door journey planning in the San Francisco Bay Area. Siemens-owned technology company HaCon said it ... more

MTA accepts revised approach to Subway tunnel blockade

04 Jan 2019

USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on January 3 that it had accepted a series of recommendations put forward by academics and engineering specialists to limit the disruption of a planned rebuilding ... more

First CAF LRV in service on Boston Green Line

03 Jan 2019

USA: The first of 24 light rail vehicles that CAF is supplying to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Boston Green Line entered regular passenger service on December 21. The 70% low-floor LRVs, designated Type 9 by ... more

First CRRC metro cars assembled in Springfield delivered to Boston

02 Jan 2019

USA: The first two metro cars assembled at CRRC’s factory in Springfield, Massachusetts were delivered to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on December 18. The cars for Boston’s Orange Line are part of an order for ... more

Grants awarded for transit-oriented development planning

31 Dec 2018

USA: The Federal Transit Administration announced on December 18 that it is to award a total of $16·6m to 20 organisations under its Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning. Three of the grants are for projects ... more

Contractor selected to modernise Chicago Red and Purple lines

27 Dec 2018

USA: Chicago Transit Authority has selected a joint venture of Walsh Construction Co, Fluor and Stantec Consulting Services as preferred bidder for Phase One of a project to modernise the Red and Purple metro lines. The $2·1bn ... more