Welcome back to this week’s International Rail News Roundup! Stories this week include Russia’s announcement that they are going to invest 7 billion roubles in their rolling stock industry and sees Bombardier and Bozankaya join forces in their attempt to win contract for TCDD’s high-speed rail project. In New York they are looking to the past and plans to re-introduce a tram line are announced whilst in the Netherland’s NS and Nomad Digital work together to bring the future to passengers, and Brightline use technology to make railways accessible to all in the US. In our rail video of the week, we take a look at the impact of Network Rail and the Samaritans working together on training staff.
Rail Technology: Passenger focus as Brightline to be first in the US to deploy retractable gap fillers. (SmartRail World)
Launching in 2017, Brightline has been building excitement about its Florida service by promising it will be “reinventing what traveling by train can mean in America”. It aims to put innovation at its core with a greater focus on experience for passengers and a customer service beyond just the time spent on the train or at the station. As an indicator of what passengers can expect, Brightline have announced that its trains will be the first in the United States to utilize retractable gap fillers – extending up to 12 inches from the train and pivot to meet the station platform making boarding and disembarking the trains easy and convenient for all riders.
High-Speed Rail: Bombardier and Bozankaya partner to bid for Turkish high-speed rail contract. (Railway Technology)
This week Bombardier and Turkish manufacturer Bozankaya joined forces to bid for the Turkish national rail operator TCDD’s high-speed rail contract. The tender is for the production of 80 high-speed trains. Bombardier Turkey managing director Furio Rossi said: "Turkey has a clear vision of the critical role rail plays in sustainable economic development and is making strategic investments necessary to ensure that vision is realised.” There is a real sense of positivity around the two companies combining their expertise and contacts.
Passenger Wi-fi: NS extends contract for Wi-Fi and passenger information services. (Global Rail News)
This week it was announced that Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and Nomad Digital have signed a five year extension plan for their passenger wi-fi and information system project. NS general manager, Jean-Philippe Tissot has stated that NS aim to provide the best service and technology to their customers, and this contract is a step in the right direction. Want to know more about this project? Join Nomad Digital, our IT Partner and NS CEO, keynote speaker at SmartRail Europe. Click the banner below to find out more.
Infrastructure Projects: Back to the future for New York as tram return planned after 60 years. (SmartRail World)
The last time trams ran through New York, the President was Dwight D. Eisenhower and man hadn’t even gone into space, let alone walked on the Moon. But following an announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, plans are in place for a new 16-mile tram line running from Astoria in Queens, tracking along the East River, passing through increasingly popular neighbourhoods like Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights that are seeing “explosive growth” before finishing up at Sunset Park. Two years into Mayoralty, de Blasio had been more focussed on social projects than infrastructure but this announcement is line with a trend in the US for a return to tram / light rail networks. There are 16 tram networks currently in operation in the United States. Cities including Dallas, Denver and Portland have all recently engaged with this system in response to urban growth and changing focuses amongst citizens.
Rolling Stock: Government support for Russian rolling stock manufacturers. (Railway Gazette)
This week Russian Prime Minister Dmitry set out government plans to support rolling stock in the region. The PM argued that rolling stock was vital to economic growth and that last year’s 37% decline in the market needed to be counteracted. Medvedev has signed a directive that will introduce a 7bn rouble government support programme for rolling stock builders in 2016.
Rail video of the week: How Samaritans training for railway staff is helping save lives.