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SmartRail Speaks: Cynthia Jones Parks, President & CEO, Jones Worley

"One of the biggest challenges is resistance to change – the new system is clearly superior to your old one, but your customers and your employees are comfortable with the current system."

Today SmartRail World Editor Luke Upton, travels to Atlanta Georgia, to speak to Cynthia Jones Parks, President and CEO of Jones Worley, one of the key companies behind the smart card revolution in US transit. Under Ms. Parks’ leadership, Jones Worley serves leading transportation industry clients nationwide, as well as selected Fortune 500 corporations and privately held firms, non-profits in healthcare and education, and government agencies working in tourism and economic development. Jones Worley play a fascinating and perhaps sometimes understated role in the development of smart cards, so read on to find out more…

Luke Upton (LU): Many thanks for the time today Cynthia, as a means of introduction, could you tell us a little more about the work of Jones Worley?

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Dubai Metro’s speedy growth continues as 5 year landmark reached

On the occasion of its fifth birthday, Angelica Lecart of SmartRail World takes a look at how far the young metro has come. Since its launch on 9th September 2009, following three years of construction it has proved to be one of the most successful, driverless metro lines in the world, accommodating about half a billion passengers since opening. That’s more than the whole population of the USA.

The metro boasts world-class safety standards with a control centre at Rashidiya that keeps close check of all the trains, tracks and stations. Any issues or faults are detected within just seconds and any major problems will prompt the train attendants to take control of the train manually. In fact, all the staff are carefully trained and know what to do if such an issue should occur, including clear guidelines on how to evacuate riders safely and efficiently if needed.

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'Appy birthday to TriMet's industry leading mobile solution

By Abigail Francis.  In September 2013, with the help of GlobeSherpa, TriMet became the first mass transit agency in the US to launch a free mobile ticketing app for both rail and bus services, which was set to make waiting in line, and relying on paper tickets a thing of the past. Last week, TriMet celebrated the app’s one-year anniversary, and it has certainly not disappointed.

TriMet, a public agency who provide mass transit for the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon, including commuter rail lines and Portland’s main bus system, joined forces with Portland based mobile software developers, GlobeSherpa, to create the free to download mobile ticketing app. The app, which launched in the fall last year, and available to smart phone users, allows riders to purchase and use tickets on the go, without the hassle of queuing or searching pockets for spare change. Riders are able to buy a range of tickets, from one-way trips to monthly passes, using their debit or credit card all at the touch of a button. Once purchased, users receive an animated ticket, to be validated visually by conductors, or as an encrypted barcode to be scanned.

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Project in Focus: Metro Dublin

Today SmartRail World travels to Dublin, to find out more about their ambitious plans to develop a new mass rapid transit system to serve the Irish capital and speak exclusively to its Managing Director, Cormac Rabbitt. First proposed in 2000, as a plan to integrate the transportation strategy for the greater Dublin region and link the airport with the city centre, the project has been buffered by the financial crisis that hit Ireland particularly hard. Though now with renewed economic good news, the plan is now getting back on track.

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Video: PTC - Meeting the challenge and getting it right

As planning gets underway for the 2015 PTC World Congress we highlight an excellent new video from the Association of American Railroads offering a great insight into the role of PTC. For those of you new to this technology Positive train control (PTC) describes technology designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain accidents occur. To learn more and download a free e-book click read more...

 

 

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How drones are already being deployed by railways around the world.

A report from Arup earlier this Summer, Future of Rail 2050 unveiled their vision of the future of rail travel in light of trends such as urban population growth, climate change and emerging technologies. 

“The global urban population is growing rapidly and by 2050, around 75% of the world’s population will live in cities. This places huge pressure on transport infrastructure and resources, but also creates a significant opportunity for rail, which relies on passenger density to function most effectively” said Colin Stewart, global rail leader, Arup on the release of the report.

One of the most eye-catching developments featured in this fascinating study is the projected use of unmanned aerial vehicle's (UAV's), commonly known as a drones for predictive maintenance and security on the railway network.

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10 industry leader insights from last year's CBTC World Congress

With the 2014 CBTC World Congress incorporating SmartMetro approaching quickly in London on 4-6th November, SmartRail World Editor Luke Upton looks back on the 2013 event and picks out ten key speaker insights. At the 2013 event over 300 CBTC, signalling and IT experts gathered from across the world to engage with the most innovative trends and developments. This year’s event looks at metro and urban rail systems globally that are not only looking to exploit the potential of CBTC to drive reliability and efficiency, but also create intelligent integrated networks. As a taster, let’s look at 10 key insights from our 2013 speakers…

“There’s a great rivalry between cities for global capital. What differentiates them is their transport system.”

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How did BART know about the San Fran quake before anyone else?

The biggest earthquake in 25 years struck San Francisco earlier this week, measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale causing at least 200 injuries, power outages and an estimated $1 billion worth of property damage, though thankfully no fatalities. The earthquake happened overnight Sunday at a time with no passenger service on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the rapid transit system serving the San Francisco Bay Area but the transit agency had already received advanced warning prior to it striking. (Pic right: A Train thrown down by the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906. - U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library) 

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SmartRail World Exclusive: Free Asian Rail Magazine

SmartRail World have partnered with Thailand’s number one railway publication, ThaiTRANS, and the team behind SmartRail Asia (Bangkok, Thailand 26-28 November 2014) to create a special edition of their magazine packed with interviews and features with some of the leading industry Asian Rail industry figures and much more. Now available to download, this free 32 page magazine includes:

  • Interviews with Ms. Soithip Traisuth, Permanent Secretary for Transport, Thailand, Mr. Yongsit Rojsrikul, Governor, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand, Mr. Jamroon Tungpaisarnkit, Chairman, SRT Electrified Train Co., Ltd and many more.
  • An overview of the challenges and trends which lie within the industry and how SmartRail Asia plays a significant role in this.
  • A full, detailed schedule of the SmartRail Asia show including a range of case studies, panel discussions and free innovation seminars.

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China HSR re-opens tenders; only domestic suppliers set to benefit.

China Railway Group has this month reopened tenders for high-speed trains for only the second time since the Wenzhou train collision in 2011 which killed 40 people*. With contracts worth an estimated $8.2 billion, it signals a new phases of investment and construction on the already vast Chinese rail network. State-owned giant China Railway Investment Corp (CRIC) has opened tenders for a total of 232 high-speed trains on behalf of five Chinese regional railway bureaus of Nanchang, Chengdu, Nanning, Wuhan and Shanghai.

A report from IRJ states that the deadline for bids is August 29 and the CRIC experts to announce a preferred bidder by September 16th.

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SmartRail Speaks: Cynthia Jones Parks, President & CEO, Jones Worley

"One of the biggest challenges is resistance to change – the new system is clearly superior to your old one, but your customers and your employees are comfortable with the current system."...Read more

Dubai Metro’s speedy growth continues as 5 year landmark reached

On the occasion of its fifth birthday, Angelica Lecart of SmartRail World takes a look at how far the young metro has come. Since its launch on 9th September 2009, following three years of...Read more

'Appy birthday to TriMet's industry leading mobile solution

By Abigail Francis.  In September 2013, with the help of GlobeSherpa, TriMet became the first mass transit agency in the US to launch a free mobile ticketing app for both rail and bus services,...Read more

Project in Focus: Metro Dublin

Today SmartRail World travels to Dublin, to find out more about their ambitious plans to develop a new mass rapid transit system to serve the Irish capital and speak exclusively to its Managing...Read more

Video: PTC - Meeting the challenge and getting it right

As planning gets underway for the 2015 PTC World Congress we highlight an excellent new video from the Association of American Railroads offering a great insight into the role of PTC. For those of...Read more

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