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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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Long Distance Trains: A foundation for national mobility

Guest contribution from the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP).

“Mobility. It’s the life-blood of a modern economy. America’s mobility is declining–threatening our future prosperity and quality of life. As driving and flying become less attractive and more expensive, Americans are rediscovering trains. Since 2000, public use of intercity trains has increased three times faster than the population, six times faster than road use and seventeen times faster than air travel. Train travel reached a new record in 2012.

Millions of travelers, however, are unable to benefit from trains because the nation’s intercity passenger rail system is too small to meet the need. While Americans have begun to discover the contribution that passenger trains can make to their mobility and quality of life, the debate about the nature and scope of the intercity passenger train system has dismissed one entire category of trains: those that travel long distances between end points. Long distance train routes form the foundation of the national passenger train network. Their unique capabilities allow them to connect congested urban areas and bring economically viable mobility to rural areas and small towns, many of which are becoming more isolated from major cities as regional airline and intercity bus service disappears.

The time has come to transform the nation’s long distance passenger train network from a neglected, barebones operation into a robust and thriving mobility machine...

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OPINION: How the UK rail network can become the transport of choice, rather than a last resort.

Today SmartRail World Guest Contributor Professor Andrew McNaughton, FREng and Technical Director for HS2 sets out his vision for the future of Britain’s railways using best practice examples from around the world ahead of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s 2014 Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture* in London this September...

"Outside of commuting, the vast majority of people in Britain today don’t use the railway that often – if at all. “Is it the transport of last resort or the transport of choice?” is a wonderful phrase that has often been used, and looking at the results of PwC’s most recent consumer survey, the answer would be last resort.

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SmartRail Speaks: Roger Wilson, Vice President of Balfour Beatty Rail-Transit

Building a $400 Million transit network is not a simple process. The actual construction – and in some cases, design – process is a coordinated effort among hundreds of sub-consultants, subcontractors, project management team members and field forces to bring a new transit solution to life for the benefit of an entire community.”

Today SmartRail World speaks to Roger Wilson, Vice President of Balfour Beatty Rail-Transit, originally from the UK, Roger has been with Balfour Beatty for the sum of his three-decade career in the rail industry. An expert speaker at SmartRail USA (Charlotte, NC., 29-30 October), he has served as project manager for multiple high-profile design-build projects including the MBTA Greenbush Old Colony Railroad Restoration, the Amtrak Northeast Corridor Electrification, the Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Project and the first-ever design-build highway project in England. A chartered engineer, today we talk to Roger about some recent major US projects, their work in Charlotte, future-proofing developments and just what company founders Messrs. Balfour and Beatty would think of the company if they could see it now…

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Free public transport: dream or reality?

Paris in the Springtime is usually a delight, with a return of the pavement cafés and cultural life for which the French capital is globally famous. This year however, there was less cause for celebration as the city was beset by a severe smog. The Eiffel Tower was barely visible and the Café au lait drinkers remained indoors as experts measured pollution levels similar to Beijing, one of the world’s most polluted cities. This smog offered significant risks to the public health, particularly the old and those with existing respiratory problems.A radical solution was required.

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Exclusive SmartRail World free e-book: The Future of US Rail

In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips by public transport. Amtrak is now the nation’s fastest-growing major travel mode, with ridership records set in 10 out of the last 11 years. And the freight rail industry is now in a better position than ever to meet the nation’s growing transportation needs. Rail transport might be more popular than ever. But there are significant challenges facing the industry, by 2050, the USA will be home to up to 100 million new people and the transit networks have to be ready for the nation of tomorrow. Huge challenges exists in terms of finance, technology and development in ensuring growth continues.

SmartRail World wanted to find out more. So for this e-book - The Future of US Rail - we’ve gained insights from a host of industry experts analysing trends, opportunities and challenges, and carried out interviews with those at the heart of major developments in US rail. We address significant trends in the region that will be a huge bearing on the future including the rise of naming rights sale and digital security. It’s not just another collection of facts and figures but an insight into the reality of the US rail and metro industry. Download today!

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CBTC in focus: Digitisation, evolving IT networks and changing supplier demands

With the 5th Annual CBTC World Congress (4-6th November, London) fast approaching today we talk to Joe Bastone, Director of Business Development at Bombardier Transportation for an update on this evolving technology. Bombardier is a market leader in CBTC technology with their moving block CITYFLO 650 solution already in delivery or in operation on 24 lines globally. Joe talks today about the keys to successfully delivering complex CBTC projects around the globe, the role of digitisation, changing supplier demands and more in this exclusive interview and video.

Plus download this CBTC REPORT – ‘CBTC For Mass Transit Mobility.’ for FREE today.

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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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

Long Distance Trains: A foundation for national mobility

Guest contribution from the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP). “Mobility. It’s the life-blood of a modern economy. America’s mobility is declining–threatening our future prosperity and...Read more

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