In this week’s international rail news roundup we see how the development of Jeddah Metro will take a big step forward next month, how BNSF is pressuring the government to extend the PTC deadline, learn of criticism of Virgin Rail’s ticketing practices in the UK, read how millennials are turning away from cars and getting onto the rails, find out about a setback for the high-speed agenda in ASEAN rail, see how Alstom have secured a contract for new control centres in Canada, pick up Wi-Fi from Google in India and enjoy this week’s Rail Video of the Week courtesy of Amtrak…
Metro Projects: Jeddah metro design to be confirmed by October (Saudi Gazette)
Metro Jeddah Company announced that it will finalize the design for the Jeddah Metro Project by October, Al-Hayat reported on Sunday. Metro Jeddah Company Executive Director Osama Abdou said they will start looking into the implementation of the project by June 2016. “The company is actually working on a bigger project in which the metro is only a small part of it. We are working on Ubhur Suspended Bridge project which will have eight lanes to be used by 6,000 vehicles an hour,” said Abdou.
Transport Safety: BNSF Pressures Congress to Extend 2015 PTC Deadline (Bloomberg)
BNSF Railway Co., the railroad owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is ratcheting up pressure on Congress to postpone a deadline for installing a safety system by the end of the year, saying it would probably have to halt freight and passenger traffic if the requirement isn’t delayed. Congress mandated in 2008 that U.S. railroads install what’s known as positive train control, which can automatically stop a train to avoid a collision, by the end of 2015. But the major railroads have said they’re still years away from fully implementing it. Safety regulations trump BNSF’s obligation as a common carrier to haul freight for customers, BNSF said in a letter sent to Senate commerce committee chairman Wednesday.
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Metro ticketing: Change to Virgin Trains railcard rules criticised (BBC)
Rail passengers in the West Midlands are calling on Virgin Trains to backtrack on new railcard rules which could see some fares quadruple. Virgin West Coast has said railcard holders will no longer be able to buy off-peak tickets for peak-time travel. An intern who travels from Rugby to London has started a petition to stop her fare rising above her daily wage. Virgin said it is changing the rules to bring it in line with other train companies.
Future Rail: The future of New York City Transportation: Goodbye Cars, Hello Rails (Inverse)
By any measure, young city dwellers are less and less likely to own a car. And New York City officials have spent millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours ensuring that trend works for the recent grads and young professionals that flock to it constantly. NYC bus, rail, and ferry systems are keeping up with a growing population; the roads, well, that’s a different story altogether…
High-Speed Rail: Why Indonesia scrapped its high-speed rail plans, upsetting China and Japan (Global Construction Review)
The high-speed project, a 150km line from Jakarta to Bandung on Indonesia’s main island of Java, had been the subject of a fierce bidding war between China and Japan but rather than declaring a winner at the end of last week, as expected, President Joko Widodo cancelled the scheme. Sofyan Djalil, the national planning minister, said the government decided suddenly against a high-speed link because the route was too short for a high-speed train.
Preventative Maintenance: Alstom lands Metrolinx traffic control center contract (Railway Age)
Metrolinx, the government agency that oversees public transportation in Canada’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in Ontario Province, on Sept. 10, 2015 awarded Alstom Transport a contract worth $127 million (C$168.5 million) million for a new computer-based integrated traffic control system for the GO Transit regional/commuter rail network.
Passenger Wi-Fi: Google will provide Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity at more than 400 railway stations across India (Tech2)
Google Fiber, the ambitious project that provides lightning fast broadband internet across the US will now expand to Indian cities. According to a report by Telecom Talk Telangana State’s IT minister K T Ramarao has signed an agreement with Google for setting up a facility in Hyderabad.
Rail Video of the Week: Amtrak's Security Minute: Tips for Safe Travel (Amtrak)
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