Friday has arrived! This week’s International Rail News Roundup comes to you with all the latest stories from around the globe. We take a look at Bombardier’s new contract for the Jakarta airport rail link in Indonesia, see how Alstom are revolutionising train maintenance with their TrainScanner in the UK and learn more about how the US plan to take inspiration from Europe’s smart cities. In other news we learn more about how the European Investment Bank are helping Poland modernise their railways and see the impact of fare evasion on MBTA commuter rail. On a fun note, this week’s Rail Video of the Week we head to Berlin for the 5th annual European Tramdriver Championship (Tram-EM), which believe it or not, included a round of tram bowling!
Preventative Maintenance: Alstom introduces second TrainScanner at Oxley, UK (Railway Technology)
At the Oxley train depot in Wolverhampton, Alstom have installed a second TrainScanner. The first of this predictive maintenance scanners was launched in Manchester to be used on Virgin’s fleet of trains. Part of Alstom’s HealthHub solution the TrainScanner can automatically determine the status of rolling stock, identifying the need for repairs, through the use of 3D cameras and lasers. Rob Whyte, Alstom Regional and Intercity Managing Director, has argued that the implementation and success of the TrainScanner “will massively increase Alstom's maintenance capability here in Britain.”
Ticketing: MBTA Officials: Commuter Rail Losing $35M on Fare Evaders (Mass Transit)
On Monday, MBTA announced that their commuter rail is losing roughly $35 million a year, because of fare evasion. They revealed that 15-20% of their passengers were not paying the correct fee, which means that one in five passengers underpay or don’t pay at all. MBTA, and the operator Keolis, have unsurprisingly reacted to the findings with a series of plans to tighten up the system, and bring an end to fare evasion.
Rail Business: EIB finances Warsaw - Lublin modernisation (International Railway Journal)
Early this week the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Polish infrastructure manager PKP PLK signed agreements for a €250 million loan. The loan will cover the modernisation if the 171km of line between Warsaw and Lublin, which hopes to improve traffic for freight and passengers. This will be the largest rail project to have been funded by the EIB.
Rolling Stock: Jakarta airport train order (Railway Gazette)
In Indonesia this week, Bombardier Transportation and local rolling stock manufacturer, PT Inka have been awarded a €66m contract to supply the Jakarta airport rail link with ten, six-car electric multiple-units. The cars will serve the link which is currently under construction, connecting Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with Jakarta’s existing urban line to Batu Ceper station. Bombardier’s Jayaram Naidu, has said that the company is “very proud to be part of this local project to improve the connection between Indonesia's main airport and its rapidly growing capital.”
Smart Cities: European 'Smart Cities' inspiration for Transportation Secretary Foxx (SmartRail World)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last week completed a multi-day visit to Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Oslo, Norway, as part of an ongoing effort to learn from international partners about innovative ways to meet the transportation challenges of the future. Facing many of the same challenges as US cities, these cities are considered as some of the smartest cities in the world. Foxx met with a number of city officials, architects, and planners about their efforts to meet these challenges with creative and multi-modal solutions.
Rail Video of the Week: Tram Bowling
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