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International Rail News Roundup (17th July 2015)

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Jul 17, 2015

SmartRail World View from a Train WindowThis week we bring you news of plans for a $2bn airport rail link in Perth, Australia, transport developments ahead of next Summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, are reminded by the latest US federal statistics that railroads remain safe transportation for people and freight despite recent accidents, gain a video tour of Hitachi’s next generation of high-speed trains, find out why the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance has been launched, what Google are planning next when it comes to Wi-Fi plus more and of course our Rail Video of the Week – a remarkable trip right through the middle of Asian food market, on a train (of course) …

Transport Safety: US Freight-rail accidents fall, despite high-profile derailments (USA TODAY)

Despite high-profile train derailments in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, railroads remain relatively safe transportation for people and freight, federal statistics show. A derailment late Wednesday near Maryville, Tenn., of a CSX freight train carrying acrylonitrile, a hazardous material used to make plastics, rekindled attention in rail safety. So did the derailment May 12 of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia that killed eight people.

Rolling Stock: With a year to go, Rio’s new rail network gears up for the Olympics. (SmartRail World)

With just under a year to go until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympic Games opens, the first train for the city’s new Light Rail network has arrived for testing, as part of Brazil’s investment in public infrastructure ahead of the XXXI Olympiad. With over 480,000 tourists predicted to descend on Rio for the Games next summer, the Light Rail will carry approximately 285,000 sports fans every day, easing the pressure on the city’s other transport systems. 

Metro Projects: Western Australia's EPA recommends approval for $2bn Perth airport rail link (Railway Technology)

Western Australia's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the $A2.2bn ($2bn) project for conditional approval, which will start construction of the Forrestfield Airport Link that will extend Perth's rail network. The public transport authority's Perth airport link project involves the construction of three stations at Airport West, Consolidated Airport and Forrestfield.

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Future Railway: What does the future of high-speed rail look like? (SmartRail World)

What does the future of high-speed rail look like? Well, from these exclusive videos from Hitachi we can see it may well be strongly influenced by the aeronautical industry with a major focus on passenger experience and engagement. Plus, it would appear that holograms will be providing both information and entertainment.

Preventative maintenance: Siemens to maintain trains for All Aboard Florida (Orlando Sentinel)

Siemens not only is building the rolling stock to be used by a planned system linking Orlando with South Florida, but the company also will maintain them, All Aboard Florida officials announced Tuesday afternoon. The $2.5 billion train operation intends to cater to tourists and businesspeople traveling between Orlando International Airport and West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The trains could be running in South Florida by late 2016, and then into OIA by summer 2017.

Metro ticketing: Formation of the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance (OMTA) announced (HERE)

HERE, a leader in mapping, navigation and location services, today announced that along with partners in the public and private sector it is forming the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance, a one-of-a kind effort to develop global standards that would allow people to buy public transit tickets from a single app on their mobile devices in cities worldwide. The aim of the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance is to enable the vision of 'Register once, travel anywhere' by developing open, interoperable standards with payment vendors and transit operators.

Passenger Wi-Fi: Google’s Next Moonshot: Lining City Streets With Wi-Fi Hubs (Wired)

Google’s big bet on technology for cities is finally starting to make sense. Earlier this month, when Larry Page announced that Google was launching a new startup called Sidewalk Labs to develop and incubate technology for cities, many wondered what the company wanted with an industry that is so much less sexy than any of its other so-called “moonshot” projects, like developing the self-driving car or you know, curing death

Rail Video of the Week: Amazing train track through Asian vegetable market. 

What is the International Rail News Roundup? There’s never a shortage of global rail news stories, but keeping track of those launches, announcements, innovations, take-overs and developments that are crucial to your business can be a challenge. So the team here at SmartRail World bring you a regular Friday roundup of some stories you may have missed from both SmartRail World and global media sources.For the latest news, as it happens subscriber for free to SmartRail World.

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