In this week’s International Rail News Roundup we celebrate the opening of the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) in the UK, look at Transdev’s “GoMobile” ticketing app that plans to increase New Orleans number public transport users, hear about TFL and Brush Traction’s modernisation of London’s underground, explore how Chicago Transit Authority plan to revolutionise 4G connection on trains in the US, and await National Rail and Abellio’s arrival in Germany. This week’s video of the week gives us a spectacular view of London's moning rush hour from the shard.
Training: UK DfT opens new rail training academy in Northampton (Railway Technology)
The National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) in the UK has been opened in Northampton this week. This £7 million project undertaken by the UK Department of Transport and Siemens aims to provide high-tech teaching using the latest 3D and virtual reality equipment. UK Rail Minister Claire Perry said: "This new facility - and more like it - are just what the country needs to ensure we develop a workforce with the advanced skills required to build a transport network fit for the future."
Passenger Wifi: 4G wireless coverage across Chicago subway network by end of 2015 (SmartRail World)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the completion of the first phase of a project to bring 4G wireless coverage to the Chicago Transit Authority subway system. Upon completion of the network upgrade, which is expected by the end of 2015, the City of Chicago will be the largest city in North America to have a subway system with full 4G wireless coverage across its entire system of subway stations and tunnels.
Rail Maintenance: Brush Traction to refurbish train motors for TfL's Piccadilly line (Railway Technology)
London’s Piccadilly line key positioning and popularity has meant that it will be one of the first to be modernised as part of TFL’s plans for 2022. Maintenance has begun with a contract secured by railway locomotives manufacturer Brush Traction to refurbish and fit train motors for the Piccadilly line. London Underground Managing Director Nick Brown said: "Brush Traction is playing an important role in the modernisation of London's transport network and is helping us to meet the unprecedented demand created by the city's success and rapid population growth.”
Rolling Stock: Rhein-Ruhr-Express operating contracts signed (Railway Gazette)
New contracts for the Rhein-Ruhr-Express passenger services (Germany) were signed by National Express, Abellio and a group of five transport authorities. These contracts have secured National Rail’s launch into Germany, and has been praised as a turning point for the British operator. Andrew Chivers, Managing Director for Rail, commented that National Express is “leading the way among British transport companies by winning these contracts in Germany.”
Train Ticketing: Transdev Introduces Mobile Ticketing App in New Orleans (Mass Transit Mag)
As mobile ticketing continues to gain popularity in the US, Tansdev partnered with Masabi, will roll out its “GoMobile” ticketing app for the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in New Orleans. This app is the first step in RTA’s plan to incorporate technology into its services and encourage New Orleans to use public transport. The app will allow for the convenient and secure purchasing and use of tickets.
Rail Video Of The Week: Morning Rush Hour at London Bridge
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