This week we bring you news of developments for the Doha Metro, further good news for Bombardier, a firm new message on the delayed deployment of Positive Train Control (PTC) in the USA, how text messaging is improving passenger experience in Altamont, a maintenance contract in Stockholm, plans for an ‘Oyster card’ in Manchester and of course our Rail Video of the Week from Seattle which is particularly mesmerising today…
Metro Projects: Arcadis lands $22m deal on Doha Metro project (Construction Week)
Arcadis has won a $22m (QAR80.1m) contract to provide architectural, branding, design and construction consultancy services for the Gold Line metro line in Doha, Qatar (pictured right). The appointment follows an earlier involvement on comparable activities on the Red Line South metro line, also in Doha. For the Gold Line project Arcadis will work on behalf of the contractor, ALYSJ JV, a joint venture of several international and local construction and engineering firms. The ultimate client for the project is the Qatar Rail Company.
Rolling Stock: Bombardier wins contract to build new Overground fleet (Rail News)
Transport for London has awarded a contract with a capital value of around £260 million to Bombardier Transportation to build at least 45 more Overground trains in Derby. Bombardier built the first fleet of Class 378 units for London Overground after 2007, and all 57 are currently being strengthened to five cars, having originally been built as three and then extended to four as passenger demand grew.
Transport Safety: Railroad regulator vows enforce December 31st PTC deadline. $25k per day fine for those that don't? (Washington Times)
The nation’s top railroad regulator said Wednesday she will enforce a Dec. 31 deadline for commuter and freight railroads to install safety technology that experts say could have prevented a deadly Amtrak derailment last month. Sarah Feinberg, acting chief of the Federal Railroad Administration, told a House subcommittee that she sympathizes with railroad officials who have said they are unlikely to meet the congressionally mandated deadline.
Future Railway: Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) launching new text messaging program (Mass Transit)
Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train and rail service announced June 22 that it is launching a new text-messaging program for riders looking to receive real-time responses specific to their travel. The program leverages ETA Transit’s Spot system and GovDelivery, an enterprise-class digital outreach platform engineered specifically for government, to help riders stay connected on train arrival and departure times or delays.
Preventative maintenance: Eltel wins Stockholm light rail maintenance contract (Railway Gazette)
Stockholm transport authority Storstockholms Lokaltrafik has awarded Eltel a six-year contract to maintain the Lidingöbanan and Spårväg City light rail lines from the start of 2016 until the end of 2021. The scope includes preventive and corrective maintenance of the track, electrification and signalling.
Metro ticketing: Transport chiefs spend £5.7m on consultants to develop Greater Manchester's 'Oyster card' project (Manchester Evening News)
Transport bosses have so far spent £5.7m on outside ‘consultancy’ firms to develop Greater Manchester's answer to the Oyster card. And over the last financial year, Transport for Greater Manchester forked out £800,000 on the ‘Customer Smart’ scheme - the integrated electronic ticketing and contactless credit card payment scheme for trams, buses and trains.
Rail Video of the Week: Sound Transit announces U-Link extension passes first phase of testing — and takes you on a video ride beneath Capitol Hill (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog).
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